It’s a busy time across many sectors of our industry, with the good news far outweighing the bad. How long has it been since we have been able to say that? And the outlook is even more promising, according to some reports.
The latest CSN Industry Insights Report for NI 2016-2020, for example, predicts the performance of the local construction industry over the next five years is expected to show a 3% average annual growth in both public and private housing – and that’s higher than the UK rate of 2.5%
The Report also says growth will come from infrastructure driven by water and sewage work in the short term and transport over the longer term and it adds that hospitals and education work should benefit the public non-housing sector, with the commercial construction sector already seeing an upsurge in hotel building work.
Cretainly, that increased activity is borne out by a healthy hire sector, in particular. HSS Hire, for instance, has recently opened new depots in both the north and south of the country to cope with increasing demand, and plant and machinery dealers are enjoying some significant orders.
Meanwhile, exhibitors, including most of the leading manufacturers and dealerships, have been rushing to take part in a number of forthcoming shows, not least Bauma, Balmoral and Scotplant, comprehensive previews of which we carry in this issue.
Also in this issue, we take a look at the latest rollers and compactors, what’s new in tippers, and what members of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation have achieved over the past year.
We also have everything you need to know about our Plant, Construction and Quarry Awards 2016. Last year’s return of the Awards Night after an absence of some years due to the effects of the recession was a resounding success, and plans are already well underway to make the 2016 event an even bigger showcase, so now is the time to start thinking about your participation because we would love to see you there!
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