We live in a world of rapidly advancing technology, and the construction sector is one of the major benefactors. Indeed, a recent report suggested that some 72% of Irish construction companies say new technology has improved their productivity in the industry.
We are fully behind the Construction Industry Federation when it says a tech-enabled construction industry isn’t far off in the future. We simply must adopt the technologies of tomorrow, today, to solve the major challenges we face.
And it almost goes without saying that businesses cannot truly survive without a presence on the worldwide web, so it is encouraging to see some of our smaller companies are increasing their online presence. It really does pay dividends.
Never too far away from the headlines, of course, are key issues that include Brexit, and the re-establishing of a Stormont Executive, both of which will have a major impact on our industry: all should become clearer as we head towards autumn. Let’s hope the news is positive.
On another subject: recycling continues to play a big role in the construction sector. With the staggering growth and popularity of Plant & Civil Engineer throughout the island of Ireland, and due to repeated calls from many quarters for the magazine to include a waste management and recycling section we have decided to do just that! Previously an integral part of sister magazine Sustainable Ireland, we have now decided to move all related waste management and recycling editorials and advertising to Plant & Civil Engineer with immediate effect, as you will discover in this issue.
We also take a look back at Plantworx 2019, which represents a good reflection of how our
industry is performing. The show was 20% larger than the 2017 event and was home to more than 450 exhibitors, and was the biggest Plantworx to date, which says a lot!
Our ‘View from the Cab’ series takes a look at Wacker Neuson’s innovative Dual View truck which has been hailed as one of the safest dumpers on the market, we read how Komatsu’s 65PXi Dozer scores top marks, we find out why the Liebherr PR 736 Litronic has been described as a driver friendly, fuel efficient & robust workhorse and we also report on JCB’s fully electric mini excavator.
Before we go, we would draw your attention to our forthcoming annual Plant & Civil Engineer Golf Masters at the Faldo Championship course at the Lough Erne Resort; we hope to see you there – and don’t forget to enter our 2019 Plant, Construction and Quarry Awards; you’ll find all the details on how to do so in this issue.
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