When you flick through the pages of this latest issue of Plant & Civil Engineer you will come across a heading that reads: Good News, Bad News & Worrying Times; that just about sums up the state of our industry at the present time.
The good news is that there’s been an increase in the budget for infrastructure projects in Northern Ireland, although one could see a lot of that being spent on repairing a myriad of potholes that winter has left in its wake!
The bad news is that there is an underlying concern about the financial health of some of the country’s leading construction companies, brought to our attention by the recent demise of Lagan Construction; who among us saw that coming? And what does it indicate about the future? Could there be more bad news? Some believe so.
Worrying times, too, as Brexit continues to dominate the landscape. No one really knows where that is all leading to in the not too distant future.
Still, life goes on and on the wider front, we are entering ‘show time.’ Intermat takes place in Paris on April 23rd, Scotplant is being held in Edinburgh on April 20th, closer to home we have the annual Balmoral Show in May, Vertikal Days at Donington also in May and then in June Hillhead 2018 opens its doors. You’ll find out more details in this issue.
Also in this edition, we turn the spotlight on tippers, looking at what’s new and innovative in this vibrant sector, while we get the view from the cab of a JCB 19C-1 mini excavator, a Hidromek 640 wheel loader and a Case CX145D SR, all of which makes for informative reading.
Of course, our usual features are covered, including Hire News, Auctions and Agri Plant & Equipment – and we have all the very latest news from across the industry, including the appointment of a new JCB Construction Dealer for Northern Ireland.
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