Plant & Civil Engineer Nov-Dec 2016

Welcome to yet another bumper edition of Ireland’s plant, construction and quarrying magazine; there may be doom and gloom in some quarters following Brexit and the American Presidential election result, but that is certainly not reflected in this issue. Quite the opposite, in fact.

While challenges will always be with us, our industry is sufficiently robust and resilient to take it all on the chin; well, mostly. Just look at what is making the news in this issue:

  • The Irish construction industry can generate 75,000 jobs, create 25,000 houses per annum and deliver infrastructure projects worth over €26 billion, if a supportive policy framework is in place, the CIF’s annual conference has heard.
  • Euro Auctions saw higher turnouts, brisk trading and strong prices achieved at its three-day October auction in Leeds, where 3559 lots realised a total hammer price of over £28m.
  • The UK’s largest construction trade event, UK Construction Week, attracted more than 30,000 trade visitors and over 650 exhibitors at the NEC in Birmingham recently to showcase their latest innovations, debate the industry’s biggest issues and do business together.
  • It was quite simply the most successful Irish National Ploughing Championships in history, with a total attendance figure for the 2016 event reaching a record breaking 283,000 over the three days.
  • To date PLANTWORX being held in Leicestershire next June, has over 215 confirmed exhibitors signed up for the event – this equates to over 80% sold. Of these more than 35 exhibitors are brand new to PLANTWORX, which is a firm indication that confidence in the event is high.

Yes, it is all positive stuff! Also in this issue, we’ve been talking to Elvis Kirk from Downpatrick who recently became the proud owner of a limited ‘platinum’ edition 3CX backhoe loader, one of just 70 built to celebrate JCB’s 70th anniversary.

We turn the spotlight, too, on the rise and rise of the tiltrotator, which has become a ‘must have’ piece of equipment across Ireland and theUK, and we take a look at what is new in the compact equipment market.

In our next issue, meanwhile, we will have a comprehensive round-up of who won what and why in our annual Plant, Construction and Quarry Awards 2016, so don’t miss it!


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