Plant & Civil Engineer Aug-Sept 2018

With still no sign of any decision-making Executive at Stormont in the foreseeable future, it is becoming evident that the industry is coping reasonably well in its absence.

As QPANI’s Gordon Best reports in this issue, construction activity across Northern Ireland has accelerated to a 46-month high. Indeed, Northern Ireland’s private sector has recorded the fastest rate of growth of all the UK regions for both output and new orders.

We also hear from Euro Auctions who celebrate 20 successful years in operation, during which time this local enterprise has grown to become a global leader for the resale of used and ‘as new’ industrial plant, construction machinery and agricultural equipment.

Meanwhile, in what is a monumental year for Miller UK, a market leader in quick coupler and bucket technology, their chairman Keith Miller has taken some time out of his busy schedule to chat about his 40 years in business and his future vision for Miller.

In other news, we hear from McQuillans whose business has undergone a major re-branding, and from TBF Thompson who have once again established a presence in Dublin after an eight year absence.

On another note, it is good to see that An Garda Siochana along with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) are taking a proactive role
in crime prevention in the construction industry with the launch of a new joint initiative. Figures show there has been a rise of some 25% in Construction Crime compared to this time last year in the Irish Republic; we report on how that is being tackled south of the border.

We’ve really excelled in our ‘View from the Cab’ series for this issue, with informative features on a variety of excavators, dump trucks and wheel loaders from Terex, Volvo, Wacker Neuson, LuiGong, Bell and Hitachi.

We also turn the spotlight on the Crushing and Screening sector, and of course, our usual features are covered, including Auctions, Agri Plant & Equipment and our popular Buyers Guide, plus all the very latest news from across the industry – and all you need to know about entering our annual ‘Plant & Civil Engineer’ awards 2018.


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