Top Feature – Page 14

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    Reduced VAT Future?

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    There is still no political consensus in Europe on the future of reduced VAT rates. However, a study by one of FIEC'S member associations has clearly shown that the end of the current system would have serious impacts for construction and society in general.

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    Standards & legislation

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    The creation of a worldwide market for earthmoving equipment, argues CECE, can only be achieved with the globalisation of technological, environmental and mechanical standards and legislation.

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    Latest loaders

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    Although the Stage IIIA engine exhaust emission requirements are less than a year away, there are still new Stage II-compliant wheeled loaders coming onto the European market. Chris Sleight looks at the market for these machines.

  • The new R-300X total station from Pentax has a higher specification than its predecessor, the R-300,
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    Total solutions

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    Today's surveying tools come equipped with a bewildering array of hi-tech features, including GPS systems, digital imaging and sophisticated software packages. But what benefits do they bring? Murray Pollok reports.

  • Over 650 tubular steel piles, each up to 30m long, have been driven by Aarsleff Piling using a Banut
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    Foundations go lightweight

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    Demands for greater mobility of piling equipment on and between sites in Europe and the need for flexibility are the main driving forces behind development of new lighter weight rigs and hammers. Claire Symes reports.

  • Franco Dondin, head of New Holland Construction Equipment's commercial operation, Harold Boyanovsky,
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    Out with the old in with the new

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    CNH is dropping the Kobelco, Fiat-Kobelco, O K, and New Holland Construction brands in Europe to concentrate its efforts on the new New Holland worldwide identity. Paul Marsden reports from Rome.

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    No tail, all the frills

    2008-05-01T15:25:00Z

    JCB's latest excavator gives the advantages of a zero tail-swing machine with the operator comfort and space of a bigger, traditional model. Lindsay Gale reports.

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    Contractors up again

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Late April to late May was a turbulent period for the world's stock markets, and construction was also affected by the ups and downs. However, the industry seemed to be strengthening towards the end of May, thanks to a buoyant contracting sector. Chris Sleight reports.

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    Materials Producers

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

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    UK consultation changes

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    There is now an obligation in the UK for companies to consult with their employees on business and employment issues, which brings it into line with other EU Member Sates. Edward Goodwyn examines the practical effects for the construction industry.

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    Youth initiative

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    FIEC and the EFBWW have given their support to the recently developed European Youth Pact. The two groups have also developed their own initiatives aimed at attracting young people to careers in the construction industry.

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    Stage II noise exemptions

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Stage II of the noise Directive is due to come into force in January next year, and C E C E has long argued that certain machine types should be exempt on either technical or economic grounds. Recent months have seen the Commission agree on the technical arguments.

  • Hydrema's 922C 2.55 is an articulated dump truck designed to be legally driven on public roads.
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    Hillhead preview

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    This month's Hillhead quarrying and recycling exhibition, held in Buxton, UK provides an opportunity to checkout the latest equipment in this sub-sector of the construction industry. C E looks at the new machinery on display at the show.

  • Blue Machinery's new Chieftain 1800 Triple Deck screen has a maximum output of 500 tonnes/hour, depe
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    Mobile marvels

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Fixed crushing and screening plants will always have a place in the market at large, high-output quarries that are operated over several decades. However, there is a clear trend for small - and medium-sized aggregate production facilities to use mobile equipment. C E reports.

  • The Black Label generation of Sandvik's CAPP button bits was first launched in 2003 and its good hol
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    Drill developments

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Rock drills play a key role in blasting operations in both the quarrying and tunnelling sectors. Recent developments have helped to improve drilling efficiency and accuracy as well as boost durability. Claire Symes reports on the state of the European drilling market and the latest innovations and technology.

  • Volvo's tracked excavator range extends from the recently announced 70 tonne EC700B (pictured) down
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    Big ambitions

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Shorter lead times for European customers on the full range of Volvo Construction Equipment excavators are now possible thanks to a ∈ 7 million expansion of its production facilities in Germany. Claire Symes visited the factory in Konz to find out more.

  • Rizanur Meral is president of IMDER
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    Turkish growth

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Equipment backhoe loaders and excavators dominate the Turkish construction equipment market which has undergone some recent rapid growth compared to the European average. Claire Symes spoke to the Construction Equipment Distributors Manufacturers Association of Turkey – IMDER – to find out more about the association and the country's ...

  • The Orion Building will be Birmingham's tallest residential tower and will be topped by a three glas
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    On fast form

    2008-05-01T15:14:00Z

    Sitereport Use of innovative new formwork systems is helping to fast-track construction and boost safety on a luxury high-rise residential development in central Birmingham, UK. Claire Symes visited the site to find out more.

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    Financial review – 2004

    2008-05-01T15:03:00Z

    The world's stock markets enjoyed 12 months of gentle growth in 2004, but it was a sensational year for the construction sector. Driven by the contracting sector, the cet index for the whole industry left the mainstream indicators in the dust with an impressive +16,25% gain. Chris Sleight reports.

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    Cartel crackdown

    2008-05-01T15:03:00Z

    The european construction industry is no stranger to cartels and other anticompetitive practices. However, as antoinette jucker of Pinsent Masons' EU Competition Group warns, the european commission has made it very clear it wants to these practices eradicated.