Showtime has arrived – and no, we’re not talking about the latest developments on the political front; we will leave that to others! What we ARE talking about is the latest ConExpo Exhibition in Las Vegas where we spent a memorable few days – and you can read all about it in this bumper issue..
Closer to home, the annual Balmoral Show is fast approaching, and it is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever, with many of our regular plant & machinery exhibitors planning to make a welcome return to the event which will run for an extra day this year; again, we have a sneak preview of what’s in store, and a look forward to the CQMS show in County Offaly.
While there may be some negativity being aired following the recent Assembly elections, that’s not the case across many sectors of our industry. Even the local construction sector is expected to return to growth this year despite the many challenges. One report predicts it will expand by an
annual average of 1.6% over the five years to 2021, close to the UK rate of 1.7%.
Another encouraging indicator is from our local auctions. A recent two day Euro Auctions event in Dromore, County Tyrone, achieved a final hammer total of €6.65m. As the organisers stated, the sale has again proved the level of demand and interest that used UK equipment generates in the domestic market.
Also in this issue, we report on a new milestone being reached by manufacturer CASE, and from JCB we hear about a series of new international product launches.
We also turn the focus on the world of tippers and heavy haulage and we have updates from the CIHT, CIWM and IMQS, as well as our regular news from QPANI.
In our ‘View from the Cab’ series, we have been hearing about a Hidromek 300LC excavator and a LiuGong 856H Wheel Loader; operators of both are suitably impressed; find out why!
Preparations are well underway for this year’s Plant & Civil Engineer ‘Plant, Construction & Quarry’ awards and we have a number of exciting new categories including ‘Construction Fleet of the Year,’ ‘Apprentice of the Year,’ and ‘Excellence in Customer Service.’ You’ll find all you need to know elsewhere in this issue.
Finally, a reminder about the first ever Plant & Civil Engineer Masters Golf Event at the 5 star Lough Erne Resort on the Faldo Course. It is being staged on Wednesday 21st June 2017. Again, you can find all you need to know about how to take part elsewhere in this issue.
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