Plant & Civil Engineer Jul-Aug 2016

Uncertainty hangs in the air after the fall-out over the Brexit vote, and no more so than in this part of the world with many questions remaining over the future of the border. By default, the south of Ireland now finds itself the new ‘gateway’ to Europe!

Just what the implications will be, nobody seems to have a clear answer. As QPANI have pointed out, significant volumes of construction materials move across the border every day. Will there be border controls? Will there be new tariffs? What will be the possible commercial impact?

The only thing for certain is that Northern Ireland along with the rest of the UK will be leaving Europe – or will that actually happen? Someone will have to sign off Article 50 to begin the process, but it seems no one is in any particular hurry. We hear the financial markets don’t like uncertainty, the construction industry even more so.

However, enough negativity! The recent Hillhead show provided some relief from the political turmoil. Indeed, the three day event attracted record numbers of visitors and exhibitors, despite the rain. This year saw more working demonstrations than ever before, creating some of the busiest live action ever seen at Hillhead, including no fewer than
14 excavators in new-look quarry face area at one point during the show. We have a comprehensive look back at some of the highlights.

Meanwhile, preperations are now well advanced for our Plant, Construction and Quarry Awards 2016, so with the deadline approaching, now is the time to start thinking about your participation because we would love to see you there! There are loads of different categories that you can enter – all you need to know is outlined elsewhere in this edition.

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