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  • The Soilmec SR70 hydraulic drilling rig is equipped with the Drilling Mate System (DMS) touch screen

    Digging deep - the latest foundations equipment and techniques


    The latest foundation equipment and techniques are more environmentally friendly and technologically sophisticated allowing for increased productivity on challenging construction sites.

  • The Bell B40D articulated dump truck (ADT) is one of the first of Bell’s new-generation D-Series ADT

    Germany's construction outlook


    The German construction market continued along its path of recovery last year with construction growing albeit at a slower rate compared to 2006. Slower growth is expected again in 2008.

  • Wirtgen’s new W 150 large milling machine features the company’s new Widrive machine control system

    Road building: machine control and guidance systems


    Machine control and guidance systems have advanced dramatically and now play a crucial part in the rapidly evolving European road building equipment market. Becca Wilkins reports.

  • The boom of Skyjack's SJ66 T reaches a 66ft working height and incorporates a 5 ft jib. The four whe

    Choices, choices: access under the spotlight


    With the major US manufacturers suffering on their home market, Europe is receiving more and more attention, giving buyers and users more choice of powered access platforms than ever before. At the same time, Europe's rental companies and manufacturers are pushing into Eastern Europe, again expanding contractors' choices. Maria Hadlow ...

  • The newest of Moxy’s ADTs, the 46,27 tonne payload capacity, 374 kW Stage IIIA compliant MT51, which

    Quarrying: equipment manufacturers and operators focus on fuel


    Operating a quarry has never been cheap, but with fuel costs sky-rocketing it is a more expensive business than ever. But the latest loaders, haulers and excavators on the market are also more fuel-efficient than ever and great strides are being taken to improve further. Chris Sleight reports.

  • The ROC T15 is Atlas Copco’s latest and smallest hydraulic surface rig. It is designed for small con

    Drilling: better efficiency, lower noise


    Better efficiency is a key aim for any area of construction, but the drilling sector is showing this can be achieved at the same time as better environmental performance - particularly noise reduction. CE reports.

  • Skillings Crushing Company says its Mobicat MC 110 ZS Kleemann track-mounted jaw crusher produces le

    Crushing & screening equipment: Mobile Mania


    More and more contractors and quarry operators are seeing the advantages of mobile crushing and screening equipment. The increase in popularity also means more choice, with more active manufacturers and numerous new machines. CE reports.

  • ZF is one of the companies in the sector pioneering the remanufacture of components.

    OEM: Components for construction equipment


    Building better construction machines means the components that go into them need to be improved all the time. Chris Sleight looks at the latest development in the sector and the challenges that lie ahead for components suppliers and OEMs alike.

  • Grindex new drainage pumps feature its SMART electronic motor guard, which stops the pump should pha

    Pumps: Raising expectations in Europe


    With strong sales in 2007 coupled to high expectations for 2008 and beyond, pump manufacturers are in confident mood, while new pumps are designed to be more productive and allow easier service and maintenance. Richard High reports.

  • This year JCB has launched three new mini excavators including two versions of the 8055, which will

    Mighty minis: new mini excavators under the spotlight


    Mini excavators remain a popular choice for contractors in the European market and many new machines have already been introduced this year, most of which feature the latest in zero tail swing technology. Becca Wilkins reports.

  • Brand new at Smopyc is Kobelco’s 110 capacity CKE 1100.

    SMOPyC Preview: Spanish showcase


    Chris Sleight previews the Smopyc exhibition, which runs from 22 to 26 April.

  • The Steelwrist tiltrotator on this excavator allows the operator to precisely place fill material.

    Equipment attachments: Tools of the trade


    Equipment attachments can reduce manual labour and improve productivity and safety on site, as well as turning a single carrier machine into the construction equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife. Chris Sleight reports.

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    Record Highs


    The CET Index hit an all-time high in mid-August, and many of the European stock markets hit their highest points since 2002, following a year of solid growth. However, the rising oil prices were a once again a negative factor. Chriss Leight reports. Sales levels and profitability improved across the ...

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    VOB Changes


    Jutta Wittler of EY Law Luther Menold and Nealmorris of Pinsent Masons review some the recent changes in Germany's VOB standard contractual framework, and discuss the implications for enforcement under German law.

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    The Lisbon Agenda


    The European Commission is launching a series of projects aimed at revitalising Europe's ‘Lisbon Agenda’ on sustainability. F I E C looks at their impact on the construction industry. The construction industry, as Europe's largest industrial employer, will be affected by the various action plans.

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    Global Market Growth


    Forecasts from CECE and its equivalent trade associations around the world show that equipment sales continue to grow in most major markets. However, the rate of increase is clearly slowing from last year's sharp rise.

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    Brighter Outlook


    Germany's construction sector is the largest in Europe, but has been in continual recession for almost a decade. However, prospects of political change are helping to boost confidence in a small recovery of Germany's lacklustre construction industry in 2007.

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    Custom Construction


  • JCB's Robot 180T skid steer loader has an operating capacity of 820 kg and features a Stage 2/Tier I

    Big Ambitions


    The compact and utility sector continues to be the success story of the construction equipment world, with sales topping 65000 units in Europe last year. Richard High reportson the latest mini excavators, skid steer loaders and compact wheeled loaders availablein the region.

  • Sub-contractors Bosta-Beton and Warbud have used a variety Putzmeister concrete pumps and booms for

    Concrete Forms


    Larger, lighter formwork panels, more powerful pumps, and stronger, more flexible mixes are just some of the things helping concrete contractors bring projects in on time and to budget. Richard High looks at some of the latest equipment, construction techniques and new materials on the market and reviews a selection ...