Plant & Civil Engineer Sept-Oct 2021

In this latest bumper issue of Plant & Civil Engineer, there is one thing that shines through: optimism amid the gloom! Challenges abound throughout the industry, but many businesses remain strong and, indeed, a few are doing better than ever.

However, one of the big concerns at the moment is the long supplier delivery times coupled with shortages and steep material price increases. We hear that the cost of shipping a container from China to Europe, for example, has risen from  1,500 to almost  14,000 since the beginning of the year, while wholesale gas prices have shot through the roof, and even oil has risen by over 80% a barrel, all of which has a significant impact right across the board, with no immediate resolutions in sight.

That said, optimism abounds, underscored by the recent return of the Balmoral Show which attracted an excellent turn out of exhibitors, including many from the plant and machinery sector who reported good business.

Earlier, we also witnessed the return of the UK’s leading live show for the recycling, sustainability and demolition industries. Letsrecycle Live was by all accounts a resounding success, overcoming the challenges of the global pandemic and social distancing. Indeed, it was the biggest sector specific event to take place since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

In this issue, we turn the spotlight on the McKinstry Group. By consistently investing in people, plant, machinery, and constant research for the latest innovations in the waste industry, the company has evolved to become one of the leading waste management and recycling specialists in Ireland.

We also hear from Cole Groundwork Contracts, a Newry headquartered company making a big impact across the water, and it has also become the first Irish based company to switch to using low emission HVO fuel to power its machinery.

Meanwhile, our ‘view from the cab’ team have been exceptionally busy, bringing you reports on a wide variety of machines, as well as some important new product launches and innovations.

Don’t forget you can also keep up to date with all the industry news 24/7 throughout 2021 by logging on to our website at Of course, you should also be getting our weekly newsletter which is emailed out every Tuesday; if not, do subscribe on our website so you don’t miss out. It’s FREE!

Finally, on a personal note, that’s all from me, as this is my last issue as Manager of Plant & Civil Engineer. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you for your support over the last eight years. Without your support the magazine would not be the magazine it is. Wishing you all every success for the future! Thanks again.

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