Prejudice against the demolition industry – and with it the idea that demolition “can be done by anyone” – belongs firmly in the past.

That is the view of Andreas Pocha, managing director of the Deutscher Abbruchverband, the national demolition association of Germany.

Andreas expressed the opinion in his introduction to the European Demolition Association’s newly published Industry Report.

He also praised the demolition industry for the way it has changed in the past quarter of a century, particularly in embracing new technology to create “an economic sector with high technical and business standards”.

But Andreas admits that the general public did not always believe this was the case.

“Common prejudice such as ‘this little demolition can be done by anyone’ is something with which the demolition industry has had to live for decades.

“This prejudice belongs in the past. The demolition industry and the technology of demolition have fundamentally changed in the past 25 years.

“Due to changes in legal regulations and social conditions, the industry has had to respond to manifold requirements. Producers of construction machinery and add-on parts manufacturers have complied with the demands of the industry, so today the technology of demolition is very high-tech and quality demands have risen for demolition professionals.

“With constantly growing and changing conditions, the quality, safety and environmental requirements for companies increase.

“Today, the demolition industry is an economic sector with high technical and business standards. Slowly, the general public is more conscious and able to realise that demolition work requires a high level of quality in implementation, as well as during planning and tendering.”

The European Demolition Industry Report was compiled with input from more than 250 demolition contractors in 16 countries.

Deutscher Abbruchverband will hold its annual conference in Berlin on 4 March.

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Demolition & Recycling International - July-August 2019

Included in the issue: 

  • WORLD NEWS 
    Another record year for World Demolition Awards; Turcot Interchange project to feature at Summit; CECE leads circular economy call; Metso acquires McCloskey; decommissioning of nuclear power plants set to grow; O’Keefe in four-time safety award win; AR Demolition goes for remediation relaunch; EDA hails successful Japan study tour
  • INTERVIEW – JET DEMOLITION 
    American Joe Brinkmann grew up in farming, graduated in engineering and now heads an award-winning South African demolition contractor
  • EXCAVATORS
    Manufacturers find themselves meeting increasing challenges
  • D&RI100 HEADLINERS 
    A more detailed look at the stories behind the numbers for some of the companies involved in our annual listing of contractors by turnover
  • SPECIAL FEATURE – METSO & CAREY’S
    Two companies celebrating differing milestones during mid-2019
  • RECYCLING AKTIV SHOW GUIDE
    D&Ri looks ahead to Recycling Aktiv, the demonstration trade fair for recycling machines and systems taking place in Germany in September
  • HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
    How does technology tie in with what the customer wants to achieve?
  • HYDRODEMOLITION
    A challenging project at an oil terminal in Nigeria
  • WORLD DEMOLITION SUMMIT
    A look at the 10th anniversary of the World Demolition Awards
  • OPINION – RICHARD VANN
    Exactly how important is stakeholder engagement in demolition?
  • EQUIPMENT
    Demarec and Hammer to merge; Liebherr lightens the load for Dowideit Recycling in Germany; Costello Dismantling boosts volumes with Genesis bucket crushers; Sandvik introduces nextgeneration impact crusher
  • EDA NEWS
    All set for Think Tank 2019;Industry Report on its way

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