Plant & Civil Engineer May-June 2019

If ever we needed confirmation that our industry is successfully confronting the many challenges of the day just take a look at our preview of Plantworx 2019. The exhibition, which takes place in Peterborough this month (June), has attracted no less than 120 companies who will be making their show debut – that’s on top of regular exhibitors, so it promises to be another record-breaking event.

On another positive note, the Construction Equipment Association’s latest Sector Report on the UK construction equipment industry reveals that the current political upheaval has not had a direct impact on sales. The report shows record revenue for the industry in 2018, with sales of £13bn, making the UK the largest producer of construction equipment in Europe in 2018, and the 5th largest in the world.

However, closer to home, while the political parties at Stormont are finally getting around the table, and not before time, there are some concerns as the recent PMI published by the Ulster Bank shows that business activity, new orders and employment have all fallen; hopefully the situation will improve in the months ahead – certainly plant and machinery exhibitors at the recent Balmoral Show were in an upbeat mood.

Meanwhile, there’s good news from Ireland’s Construction Industry Federation who report
that 10,600 extra workers joined the Irish construction workforce in 2018, up 8% year on
year and bringing the total workforce to 145,500. In this issue we put the spotlight on a
number of local companies who for various reasons have plenty to celebrate, including
contractors AG Wilson, CP Hire, Embankment Machinery Sales (EMS), Sleator Plant, CDE
and Kellys Point Hire. Our ‘View from the Cab’ series takes a look at the latest LiuGong
950E excavator and Hidromek’s 102B Supra Backhoe Loader, and we also report on Terex
Trucks’ upgraded TA300 hauler and DAF’s expanded range for the construction industry.

Before we go, we would draw your attention to our forthcoming annual Plant & Civil Engineer Golf Masters at the Faldo Championship course at the Lough Erne Resort; we hope to see you there – and don’t forget to enter our 2019 Plant, Construction and Quarry Awards; you’ll find all the details on how to do so in this issue.


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