Plant & Civil Engineer Jan-Feb 2018

Welcome to another New Year; it hasn’t exactly got off to a good start, not least because of the collapse of construction giant Carillion who employed around 500 people in Northern Ireland on a number of major contracts, including the Housing Executive and Power NI..

Those jobs – and thousands of others across the UK – are in jeopardy, but could be saved as other contractors are expected to move in to fill the gap, however sub contractors who are collectively owed millions of pounds will, in all likelihood, not be so fortunate.

On a slightly more positive note as we went to Press, the new NI Secretary of State Karen Bradley was expected to begin a fresh round of talks with the political parties at Stormont in a last bid to break the deadlock; it’s a year since we last had an Executive in power and the economy has suffered.

Still, life goes on and on the wider front, with five months still to go until Hillhead 2018 opens its doors in June, the organisers say it is close to being a sell-out, as is the forthcoming Executive Hire Show, sure signs that the industry in general remains buoyant despite the uncertainty of what Brexit will bring.

In this issue, we carry a comprehensive report in words and pictures of our 2017 Plant & Civil Engineer Awards, revealing who won what and why, and we also have details of our annual Golf Masters to be held later this year at the renowned Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh.

Our ‘View from the Cab’ focuses on AG Wilson’s Hyundai HX330 L crawler exacavator. We have also been on a visit to Geith’s UK distribution hub in Liverpool to see how that has impacted on the business, and we report on Dynapac’s new business and promotional strategy – ‘Your Partner on the Road Ahead’ – which was recently unveiled at a company launch event at Wardenburg, in Germany.

Other special features highlight what’s new in GPS technology and in telehandlers and, of course, all our usual subjects are covered, including Hire News, Auctions and Agri Plant & Equipment


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