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the Voice of the uK construction equipment industry

issue 10 winter 2015

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26 March Plantworx innovation Awards, London 20-25 April intermat, Paris 11–15 May exponor, chile 2-4 June PlantworX, Bruntingthorpe 10 september ceA Annual conference, London

23 – 24 september cece summit, Brussels 21-24 October conexpo Latin America, santiago 2-3 November international equipment forum (icef) event, Amsterdam

2016 11-17 April Bauma, Munich

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FROM T h E pRes I Dent ceA MANAgeMeNT cOuNciL: first of all let me take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for 2015. This year is already shaping up to be an exciting one for our sector and for the ceA. Member companies will have done their budgets for 2015 – and i am confident that most will be forecasting increased sales. internationally we know that some key markets remain flat but for others we can anticipate some welcome growth which should help our exporting members. At home, we saw a 3% rise in GDP in 2014 – the best growth rate in any major european economy. with some better visibility now of the major British construction projects’ pipeline there should be some good opportunities on which the construction equipment sector can capitalise. For the CeA we now have a much clearer strategy of where we want to be as a representative organisation – and our Manifesto provides a framework of objectives against which we are committed to deliver. to be effective, i am also keenly aware that the CeA must communicate and engage with our members to ensure we provide the services and action that you need. You have my commitment that this will be one of my priorities in 2015. the diary for 2015 already looks busy – and our Plantworx trade show in the first week of June is attracting a lot of attention. we are on course for a big increase in the number of exhibitors with a show site 40% bigger than in 2013. this will be a great opportunity for the construction community to get together, both as exhibitors and visitors. You will also continue to see the CeA in evidence at events overseas as we help facilitate business for component suppliers, OeMs and others in markets new and old. As i reported in the last issue of Construction worx, our Skills Advisory Panel has got off to a good start – and we now have a number of initiatives in place to promote a good flow of skilled resources into the sector. A focus on skills will be a key part of our AGM Conference on wednesday 25th March, so please put that date in your diary. Speaking of skills and attracting talent to our industry please remember that on the last day of Plantworx 2015 we are encouraging as many young people to visit the event as possible. this is an opportunity for us to showcase our industry and we are looking for everyone to participate by supporting the activities on the day and also by bringing along your representatives to engage with and enthuse the visitors. i look forward to meeting or communicating with as many of you as i can in 2015.

Nigel Baseley ceA President Perkins Engine Co Ltd Rory Keogh ceA vice-President Gomaco International Ltd Alan Batty Bomag (GB) Ltd Tim green Caterpillar (UK) Ltd Nick ground GKD Technik Ltd dan Thompstone JCB Sales Ltd Jim venerus Komatsu UK Ltd Mussa Mahomed Nylacast Ltd Paul Ross Ricardo Plc Ross Walker Tata Steel Europe Ltd Keith dolbear TriMark Europe Ltd Paul fennessy Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd

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MEMBER news The cPA (construction PlantcPA hire Association) will be exhibiting OuTReAch at the ehs (executive hire show) for the 9th year running (11th & 12th february, Ricoh Arena, coventry). The association will be promoting its ‘stars of the future’ which is an award scheme, now in its third year, for trainees in the plant-hire industry held in conjunction with a number of uK colleges offering plant mechanic apprentice training.

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Altrad Belle has unveiled a newly-upgraded “eco” Midi 20 Litre Power Pack & BhB25X Low vibration hydraulic Breaker.

the CPA will also be holding a Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group ‘Outreach Meeting’ at the show on the morning of wednesday 11th February (10.30am to 13.00pm in the Jaguar Suite at the ricoh Arena). Discussion topics will include Operator Competence, Medical Fitness and the Public Health responsibility Deal (which is a government initiative), telehandlers, including new work on ‘Suspended Loads’, and the recently published guidance on Ground Conditions for Construction Plant. new projects that the CPA is planning to undertake in 2015 will also be introduced. these could include inadvertent Operation of Controls on excavators Hire companies and contractors are sure to be impressed with the power packs latest “Power on Demand” feature, that offers environmental benefits through reduced carbon emissions; as it only increases the engine speed when the breaker is being used. this is said to result in a 50 percent fuel saving whilst being kinder to the environment. with a low hydraulic oil cut out switch that protects both the tools and the system pump; routine maintenance couldn’t be easier. especially as access is gained by a quick and simple removal of the main protection frame, redesigned so that the removable braided Siamese hoses can be stored along with the breaker, directly on top of

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and Similar Machines; and Lifting Using excavators. Key industry speakers will also be in attendance. Delegates will need to register for the executive Hire Show at www.executivehireshow.co.uk . the meeting is open to all and free to attend and will be split into three sessions, visitors are invited to attend one or all three sessions. For more information and to register contact CPA, director, Kevin Minton via email at kevin.minton@cpa.uk.net . Alternatively, you can just turn up on the day.

the power pack which removes transportation issues on site. Hire companies will certainly benefit from reduced servicing costs, as the BHB25X Breaker is completely serviceable without the need to re-gas after dismantling. A costly and timely necessity on other models within hire fleets. with a high break-out force normally double that of other low vibration breakers, but with the benefit of “low hand & arm vibration levels,” allied to a newly designed ergonomic handle, Altrad Belle are so convinced as to the performance of this all purpose heavy weight breaker, that they are offering a free on-site evaluation simply by emailing sales@altrad-belle.com.

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excavator attachment manufacturer hill engineering, based in Newry, Northern ireland is recognised industry wide for its innovative culture. Over the last two-years Hill has been presented with the Plantworx Construction Machinery exhibition’s Award for innovation in the engineering and Safety categories and also the Queen’s Award for enterprise in innovation, which recognises excellence in UK business enterprise. Hill engineering is now competing for the title of ‘national Public Champion’ in the public vote Video entry stage of the competition. the european Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the european Union.the competition is open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector. to help get Hill engineering through the final stages of the european Business Awards and to view the company’s Video entry – you can register your vote online. Just follow this link: http://www.businessawardseurope.com/vote/detail/unitedkingdom/11045

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MEMBER news BOBcAT PLugs gAP Bobcat has expanded its range of compact tracked loaders with the launch of the new T450 model. filling the gap in the range between the T110 and T590 models once occupied by the discontinued T140 loader, the T450 offers a massive increase in power combined with hydraulic and hydrostatic efficiency improvements that translate into significantly increased productivity. Manufactured at the Bobcat plant in Dobris in the Czech republic, the t450 is powered by the Bobcat D24 45.5 kw (61 HP) turbocharged diesel engine, providing 25 percent more power than the t140 model, ensuring the t450 has the best performance and engine power to weight ratio in its class. the D24 engine in the t450 meets the current Stage iiiB emission requirements through the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (eGr) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) after-treatment technologies, with no diesel particulate filter (DPF). High productivity results from the increased pressure of the hydraulic system which provides increased attachment performance - the t450 can be matched with over 80 different attachments and

there are rear hydraulic auxiliary and 7-pin ACD connector options available. the t450 is equipped as standard with the quick-change Bob-tach attachment mounting frame. However, customers can choose the optional Power Bob-tach system to change non-hydraulic attachments simply by flipping a switch inside the cab. equipped with radial lift boom arms, the rated operating capacity of the t450 has also increased from 642 to 665 kg, while the operating weight has been reduced from 2,990 to 2,789 kg. thanks to its compact dimensions and lower weight, the t450 is even easier to

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in the media furore that surrounded the deliberate grounding of the hoegh Osaka container ship, much was made of the fact that the ship contained some high-value cars from Jaguar Land Rover, among others.

Also on board were some 105 JCB machines including 50-tonne and 33-tonne JCB tracked excavators, backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, wheeled loading shovels and teletruk forklifts. All the machines were made at JCB's Staffordshire factories. A JCB spokesman said: "there are 105 JCB machines on board the grounded cargo

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transport on a trailer towed by a light truck, 4 x 4, or all-terrain vehicle. the t450 features the same new generation cab design used on the recently launched S450 skid-steer loader and all larger new generation Bobcat compact loaders, providing class-leading entry and exit through the largest cab door opening on this size of machine. the cab is also fully enclosed as standard, including a front door and wiper system. One of the many advantages offered by Bobcat compact tracked loaders is the ability to extend the working seasons, and for customers looking to do this, the enclosed cab offers added value in the form of comfort and protection from the elements.

ship which were destined for dealers in the Middle east. we are awaiting further information from the shipping carrier about the current status of the machines and any plans they may have for retrieval." the machines are owned by JCB's dealers in the Middle east, the region they were being shipped to. their value runs into millions of pounds.


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dOOsAN AT The dOuBLe doosan has launched the new 36 tonne dX340Lc-5 and 40 tonne dX380Lc-5 stage iv compliant crawler excavators.

Featuring a distinctive new styling, the ‘LC5’ range improves the already high standards set by the previous LC-3 range, adding to enhanced comfort and controllability with new features to boost fuel efficiency, uptime and return on investment, with a focus on increased power, robustness and agility. the operating weights of the DX340LC-5 and DX380LC5 have increased by 1,300 and 1,000 kg, respectively, and with the heavier tonnages, lifting capacities have increased by one and

five percent over the front and side in the DX340LC-5 and three percent over both the front and side in the DX380LC-5. the new DX340LC-5 and DX380LC-5 are powered by the Scania DC9 5-cylinder diesel engine, with an output of 237 kw of power at 1,800 rpm, providing a 13 and 11 percent increase in engine power, respectively, and a four percent boost in torque over the LC-3 models. the engine meets Stage iV emission regulations without the need of a diesel particulate filter (DPF), through the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (eGr) and selective catalyst reduction (SCr) aftertreatment technologies. to help meet Stage iV regulations, Doosan has added a mass airflow sensor and exhaust brake to the engines. the mass airflow sensor allows the electronic control unit to improve the management of airflow provided by the variable geometry turbocharger and to optimise fuel delivery to the combustion chamber based on air intake volume and rpm. Among the exclusive features of the Scania engines are the dual fuel filter and water separator systems. in the first, a fullflow paper fuel filter is used to remove large particles with a centrifugal cleaner filtering out small particles, providing operating economy and lower environmental impact. the water separator utilises a 10 micron sized primary filter connected directly to the fuel tank, and a 3 micron sized pressure-type secondary filter. the filters are equipped with a heating function as standard for better cold crank performance.

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I N T h E l O bbY “The uK cONsTRucTiON equiPMeNT iNdusTRY – A MANifesTO fOR PROgRess” with talk of the general Election in the air, these are the messages that the cEa will be promoting…. we believe…. in a uk construction equipment industry that is sustainable and attuned to environmental needs. Construction machinery has led the way in limiting environmental impact on construction sites. we meet the world’s toughest standards on noise and engine emissions - and have achieved a 97% reduction in nOx and particulates emissions since 1999. to continue the drive to reduce CO2 emissions, we support the four pillar approach of investment in machine efficiency, process efficiency, operational efficiency and the development and use of alternative energy sources. we believe…. in free, fair and effective markets within a competitive business environment. we are committed to a true single market for products within the european Union – supported by a framework of effective, uniform and coordinated market surveillance - and unhindered by costly and unnecessary national derogations (for example in the area of on road regulations applicable to construction equipment). we endorse the development and adoption of international standards to provide benchmarks for a common regulatory approach in global markets. we believe…. in a modern and efficient physical infrastructure for the uk. Studies show that for every £1 spent on construction projects, UK GDP grows by an estimated £2.84. Public and private investment in roads, transport, energy and other civil engineering projects brings an immediate benefit to employment – and a sustained benefit to British business. we believe in a long term framework for planning major infrastructure investment

unencumbered by short term political expediency. we believe…. in providing a safe and healthy working environment for our employees and users of our equipment. Our products are manufactured in a safe working environment – and are designed to be fit for purpose and take into account all foreseeable risks in operation. their use in combination with suitably trained and skilled operators, plus effective site management, minimises accidents and incidents. we believe…. in a pro-business regulatory and fiscal national agenda to encourage enterprise, innovation and inward investment. Government can create the environment for successful business. For example, measures to encourage capital investment (e.g. a sustained high level annual investment allowance) and assistance on energy costs for manufacturers and plant owners. we believe…. in promoting the uk construction equipment industry as a supplier of world class equipment and expertise to international markets. Over 70% of UK-built construction equipment is exported. in partnership with UKti, we are committed to identifying new markets and helping our members in facilitating international business via trade shows, seminars and trade missions. we believe… that government and corporate action on skills is essential to secure the future of a dynamic and competitive industry within a rebalanced economy. A skills shortage related to the SteM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subject sectors is a significant inhibitor to manufacturing and export-driven growth – two vital ingredients needed for the rebalancing of the UK economy. working with companies, government, WWW.TheceA.ORg.uK

educationalists and associated stakeholders (via our Skills Advisory Panel) we are committed to promoting the sector as a provider of attractive, varied and worthwhile career paths. we believe…. in the uk as a centre of excellence for the construction equipment sector with a commitment to product research and development to deliver the technology and innovation needed for a modern and sustainable industry. we welcome initiatives that provide support for innovation in the sector such as the Advanced Propulsion Centre, innovate UK (technology Strategy Board) funding for Off-Highway Vehicle projects and member company partnerships with academic institutions. Government also has a role in encouraging r&D investment via incentives within the taxation system. we believe… in the importance of retaining and developing a strong uk-based supply chain. research shows that more than 85% of UK-built construction machines include UK-sourced components and materials – a figure higher than the motor vehicle sector. Original equipment Manufacturers (OeMs) benefit from having a competitive choice of suppliers and the option to source components, attachments and accessories close to their manufacturing facilities. we believe.... in a strong commitment to our corporate social responsibility for the wider construction community. Our ownership and promotion of the CeSAr anti-plant theft scheme – the most successful programme of its kind in the world – exemplifies our commitment to the construction community. CeSAr registered plant is six times less likely to go missing and four times more likely to be recovered if stolen. the CeA co-funds a specialist police unit dedicated to the fight against plant-related crime.


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Victoria was already leader of the CeCe Carbon Project team and Chairman of the British industrial truck Association (BitA) technical policy and technical strategies committees. Her involvement in standards includes being convenor of the earth-moving machinery working group responsible for control system safety, and as a participating member in many groups covering areas such as the use of earthmoving machinery on public roads, sustainability and re-manufacture.

The cece PT Road circulation, tasked with progressing the industry requirement for harmonised road regulations throughout the eu member states, has a new Leader – victoria hutson of Jc Bamford excavators Ltd. Having joined JCB in 2010, Victoria is Principal engineer, Standards and Legislation, and is responsible for a varied range of external standards development,

fResh fOcus The eu should put a fresh focus on smart regulation, trade, and competitiveness to boost jobs, innovation and growth.

trade associations and internal standards for JCB as a steels expert. this was the key message during a highlevel policy discussion at the european Parliament between Paul rübig MeP, Sirpa Pietikäinen MeP and Vicky Ford MeP, officials from the european Commission as well as business leaders from the european Machinery industry.

One of only 3 UK technical experts covering the safety requirements for telehandlers, Victoria actively lobbied for these to be included in the new tractor regulation, which in turn gave her valuable experience with the european road regulation requirements. “when talking about jobs, innovation and growth, the european Machinery industry has an important contribution to make,” rubig said. “One critical question will therefore be whether eU initiatives in the next five years will be able to structurally support the industry to unleash its full potential and help to bring growth back to europe.”

NeW chAiRMAN fOR cece TechNicAL cOMMissiON Dale joined JCB in August 2013 and leads a small team that is responsible for serving the needs of the company in external trade association and standards development bodies and also for developing internal JCB engineering standards.

Dale Camsell, Group Legislation & Compliance Manager, J C Bamford excavators Ltd., has recently been elected as Chairman of the CeCe technical Commission for a two year term of office, succeeding Jean-Jacques Janosch of Caterpillar.

His involvement in trade association activity includes being Vice-President of the CeCe technical Commission from October 2013, leader of the CeCe Visibility Project team as well as being Chair of the CeA General technical Committee. Dale is also heavily involved in the development of international standards, being Chair of the iSO technical committee that is responsible for earth-

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moving machinery standards, covering test methods relating to safety and machine performance. He is also Chair of the BSi committee for earth-moving machinery and a member of many of the iSO and european working groups where standards are written, including the group that is developing the updated visibility standard for earth-moving machinery. Prior to joining JCB, Dale worked in a similar role at terex in the UK. His previous roles were outside of the construction sector and included working for rolls-royce, Lister-Petter, LDV and Ford, having graduated from Coventry University with an honours degree in mechanical engineering.


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SKI LLS AND tRAInIng ciTB cOMes ON BOARd l Gareth Davies, Development executive, Knox & wells l Phillip Hall, Managing Director, Hall Construction (CBC)

The construction industry Training Board (ciTB) has announced the formation of its new council, which will provide advice on the skills challenges facing construction and help shape the organisation’s future direction.

the Council’s main role will be to advise CitB’s new 8-member Board, which was appointed by Skills Minister nick Boles. Comprising 21 representatives from across the built environment sector, the Council includes representatives from large construction companies, SMes, civil engineering firms, and higher education institutions, as well as Unite the Union and the national trust. Both the new advisory Council and Board will be chaired by James wates CBe. CitB Chief executive, Adrian Belton, said: “this is the next step in CitB’s transformation. the new Council will ensure the voice of representatives from across the industry is clearly heard and they will play a key role in shaping the future of skills for our sector,” says CitB chief executive Adrian Belton.

l ian Dickerson, Head of new entrants and Funding, Kier Ltd l Jo Pottinger, Head of Hr Strategy, BAM Construct Ltd l Kevin Bennett, Head of training, BAM l Bob Collins, Chairman, Stokey Plant Hire Ltd l John Allott, national Officer for Building, Construction and Allied trades, Unite the Union l John Lorimer, Director, JLO innovation Ltd l Malcolm Horner, emeritus Professor of engineering Management at the University of Dundee.

“we look forward to working with our new colleagues and i am confident the Council will help us to cooperate even more closely with industry in meeting the skills challenges ahead.”

l rebecca Hartshorn, Design and Sustainability Manager, Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd

the new council – which positively includes a large number of women – includes some well-known names from across industry:

l Alison watson, Managing Director, Class of your Own Ltd

l Chairman - James wates CBe

l Sarah Bowers, Consultancy Manager, national trust

l John Bailey, Director, the Benbow Group l Gary Bishop, Managing Director, Bromley Demolition James Wates cBe chairman

l Huw Jones, Chairman and Managing Director of Jones Bros ruthin (Civil engineering) Co Ltd

l Carole Bailey, Finance Director, DCP Group Holdings (UK) Ltd

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l Mark wusthoff, Project Director, Bouygues UK l ed Monaghan, CeO Mactaggert & Mickel Ltd l robert williams, Chairman of wrw Group


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SKI LLS AND tRAInIng The fuTuRe Of APPReNTiceshiPs The government has outlined the next step in apprenticeship reform, making the pledge to give employers direct control of funding for the training of apprentices.

Publishing the response to the Future of Apprenticeships in england: Funding reform technical Consultation, the government outlined its continuing commitment to making england’s apprenticeship system the best in the world. Skills Minister nick Boles said, “Last month we celebrated the start of the 2 millionth apprenticeship since 2010. this was an important milestone in the government’s long term economic plan. if we are going improve and expand our apprenticeship programme further we must put employers in the driving seat - and give them control of both the design and funding of apprenticeships.” “i look forward to working with employer organisations and others to develop a funding model that is simple, transparent and easy for employers to use.

Skills Minister Nick Boles

Giving employers control of apprenticeship funding will enable them to select the training that best meets their skills needs and will drive up the quality of apprenticeships. “

” the government response outlines, that while putting employers in control of apprenticeship funding is a nonnegotiable part of the reforms, it is clear from the feedback received that further detailed design work is needed before there can be a final decision on how this would work in practice. the government is committed to delivering a simple, effective funding process which works for employers of all sizes and further collaboration with the sector will take place to ensure this is achieved.” the funding reforms will continue to be developed alongside the trailblazer programme - giving employers control over the design of apprenticeships.” “Over 1,000 employers, of all sizes, are now part of the trailblazers scheme in industries including engineering, legal services and health and social care. in December 2014, 22 new standards were published, with employers leading the design of apprenticeships in data analysis, aircraft maintenance and construction management.

heAvY cOsT Of sKiLLs shORTAge filling the demand for new engineering jobs will generate an additional £27 billion per year for the uK economy from 2022, the equivalent of building 1,800 schools or 110 hospitals, according to new research published in engineering uK 2015 The state of engineering. To meet projected employer demand the number of engineering apprentices and graduates entering the industry will need to double.

the report, produced by engineeringUK, analyses the engineering industry’s capacity and capability for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. it shows that engineering accounts for a quarter (24.9 percent) of UK turnover – nine percent higher than at the start of the recession. However, we need more engineers. engineering companies will need 182,000 people per year with engineering skills in the decade to 2022 but there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers. “engineering is a vital part of the UK

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economy, not just in terms of significant turnover but also with regards to employment. For every new engineering role an additional two jobs are created in the economy. the engineering community is increasingly involved in a collective drive to inspire the next generation, who will ensure the continued growth and success of the industry in the UK” says engineering UK Chief executive Paul Jackson. “this collaborative work must continue if we are to come even close to realising engineering’s potential.”


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I NT ERNAT I ONAL NeWs fAcT: eXPORTiNg gROWs YOuR PROfiTs – sO WhY AReN’T YOu dOiNg iT? The government aims to double uK exports by 2020 – but it’s not reaching its targets. Only 19% of sMes are currently exporting according to the most recent Bis small Business survey.

taking the initial step into exporting can be daunting. All sorts of questions like “who can i sell to? will the market want my products? will i get paid? How do i get my goods to market?” are common to all nascent exporters.

this is even lower in companies run by women with only 13% of women led SMe companies exporting anything.

the CeA will give you plenty of advice, but an excellent place to start is with your local UKti international trade Advisor (itA) who will visit your company regularly and mentor you into the exporting world.

Construction equipment has a better record than most sectors, with around 60% of UK output going for export, rising to over 95% for some manufacturers.

the UKti Passport to export programme www.gov.uk/passport-to-export-service is a learning based scheme designed to steer you into becoming a successful exporter.

But – we can always do better, and the CeA is here to help. the CeA have been successfully delivering international events for the construction, surface mining and materials handling and processing equipment sectors on six continents for over 30 years. the CeA organise exhibition groups, trade missions, seminars, meet the buyer events, and conferences.

to find out more, or to contact your itA, if you don’t know who this is visit www.uktiofficefinder.ukti.gov.uk

As a longstanding accredited UKti service provider, the CeA brings its experience and range of talents to the organisation and implementation of international projects. the CeA’s mission is to maximise the export potential of our UK sectors, to facilitate access to existing and developing markets and to identify and develop new market opportunities.

WhY eXPORT WiTh The ceA? Because it’s exporting made easy. the CeA take care of organisation, planning, implementation and logistics for international and UK events providing a “one stop shop” for exporting assistance. By running high profile exhibition groups, UK Pavilions and trade missions – we can raise the awareness of the UK sectors’ capability with far more impact than a company exhibiting alone or visiting a market flying solo.

export training is also available at discounted rates via the CeA’s corporate membership of the institute of export (iOe) - www.export.org.uk . CeA members can also use the iOe export Helpline free of charge to find assistance on tricky exporting issues. exhibition Groups: Being part of a large, prominently branded UK Pavilion at huge shows like Bauma, Conexpo, Bauma China etc make it easy for visitors to find your company. At shows in more far flung locations such as Chile, Mongolia, South Africa and Brazil etc the CeA crosses the cultural and linguistic barriers and simplifies the exhibiting experience. through longstanding relationships with show organisers, the CeA are able to negotiate discounted stand space in prime locations. Your stand space, design and construction are taken care of and your presence is promoted via the CeA’s extensive international trade press contacts, UKti global post network and via the CeA’s active Social Media Channels.

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we will signpost you to UKti export schemes and grants, including the tAP exhibitors’ grant worth up to £2,500. Letting the CeA take the strain of organising your stand allows you to concentrate on the important reasons that you are attending the exhibition – launching new products, expanding or developing distribution channels, meeting new customers or develop existing relationships or developing your supply chain. trade Missions and Meet the Buyer Seminars: the CeA only runs missions for the construction, mining and materials processing and handling sectors. Unlike many general “horizontal” missions you won’t find that your fellow missioners are kitchen designers or pencil salesman. they will speak your language. in fact CeA missioners often end up doing business with each other as a result of meeting on the mission. travelling with the CeA on fully escorted missions, organised in partnership with British embassy trade teams, give you low cost access to some really interesting developing markets (recent missions include Mongolia, turkmenistan, Algeria, Chile, india, Peru, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia). CeA missions guarantee exposure to high profile decision makers and opens doors that would remain shut to most company representatives travelling alone. Joining a mission allows you to conduct market research – benchmarking your products to existing competition in the market, study operating conditions and product demand and exposes you to the major construction and mining opportunities in the market. UK missioners will network with established businesses in developing territories to form key alliances. they will make high level introductions to key personnel in foreign governments (up to Vice President and Ministerial level in


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some markets) and influencers in market, to facilitate trade.

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CeA Meet the Buyer Seminars allow UK companies a speaker slot (usually around 20 minutes per company with translation provided) in which to make company presentations to invited audiences of buyers, pre-arranged one to one “speed dating” sessions followed by a networking receptions or dinners during overseas exhibitions and missions.

seminar, scoping & Trade Missions planned to: Mongolia

so, what’s your excuse for not exporting now? we hope the information above has inspired you to make the first step on the exporting road – or to expand your horizons to somewhere a little more exotic. why not join a CeA led group to one of these exciting exhibitions or missions in 2015? UKti grants are confirmed for intermat (£1,500) and Bauma Africa (£2,500) per eligible company. Grants have been applied for Conexpo Latin America (£2,000) and Bauma (£1,500) and will be confirmed later in the year exhibitions uK Pavilions at: intermat, Paris UKti (20-25 April 2015) exponor (mining equipment), Antofagasta, Chile (11-15 May 2015) Bauma conexpo Africa, Johannesburg (15-18 September 2015) conexpo Latin America (construction equipment), Santiago, Chile (21-24 October 2015)

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I NT ERNAT I ONAL NeWs BeYONd uKRAiNe Amid a faltering ceasefire and clear sanctions fatigue in Russia and the eu, the recent hints of progress in defusing the ukraine conflict are cautiously encouraging for all parties. Whether a solution is brokered or the standoff continues, the greatest influence shaping fortunes in the former soviet union comes from the oil price. how should investors and business people in the region, existing and potential, view the new economic reality there? edward Austin offers some perspective. infrastructure sector in the media cacophony about russia, it can be hard to hear oneself think. reports of a plummeting oil price, frozen conflicts and Machiavellianism certainly combine to create a particular impression, but does that also obscure opportunities? Several basic points could help to cut through the noise and take a grounded commercial view. First are the fundamentals and general trend. russia is home to around 144 million people with low debt, high disposable income and a propensity to spend. Before the crisis, it was the world’s fifth largest consumer market with vast further potential. in food retail, for example, the top five players have a market share of just around 25 percent. the political system has proved stable over the last 15 years. while the recent economic turbulence will crimp domestic spending, this will be an interruption, not the end, to an established upward trend. in other words, how likely is russia, which has survived hyperinflation and two financial crises (1998 and 2008), to self-destruct and/or somehow abandon market economics? As with any investment, a longer-term view can provide important perspective. the immediate counterargument is that the nation’s prosperity and consequent consumer spending spree was funded by a buoyant oil price, which has now sunk irrecoverably.

the latest fall in crude prices reflects grappling for market share as shale technology, an unknown, enters the arena. while OPeC seems prepared to tough it out for now, nine of its 12 members needed around US$90 a barrel to balance their 2014 budgets. even if the US begins exporting oil, it is a net importer of over 7 million barrels a day. while many eU countries might want to reduce their dependence on russian hydrocarbons, experts believe that even limited progress will take at least 10 years. Blocking out the noise about russia may also help to identify opportunities elsewhere in the former Soviet Union. Kazakhstan, the region’s second largest economy, has vast natural resources, plans to diversify its economy, and a desire to be among the 30 most developed countries by 2050. in 2014, it ranked 50th in the world Bank Doing Business index, up from 74th in 2010. even given the russia situation, its GDP is expected to grow by at least five percent in the next five years. Austin Peat is a founder and managing director of edward Austin, a consultancy that specialises in the former Soviet Union. registered in the UK, it has a presence in russia, representatives and affiliates in Kazakhstan and Ukraine, and a network of more than 500 people throughout the region.

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while the consultancy focuses on market research, due diligence and corporate communication, it also has contacts along the supply chain – such as logistics, customs and product certification – and can provide independent advice about local partners. if you would like a free copy of edward Austin’s recent presentation on Kazakhstan to the Construction equipment Association or have any enquiries about the region, please contact him at austin@edward-austin.com or on 0207 193 4402. for more about the company, see www.edward-austin.com.


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ENG I NES, DRI VELI NES & c O MPO NeN BeYONd eNfORced chANges there can be no question that the biggest developmental strides made in the diesel engine arena in the past few years have been those forced upon the industry by increasingly rigorous emissions legislation. But the manufacturers of engines, drivelines and components have more than demonstrated their innovation and creativity by meeting those legislative demands head-on with a huge and diverse range of solutions designed to make engines cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever before. in this feature, Mark Anthony takes a look at some of the key developments made by CeA members and, moreover, how these will impact upon both OeMs and end users in the months and years to come.

KOMATsu TAKes The hYBRid ROAd

Komatsu has built on the success of its first steps along the hybrid road with the introduction of the new thirdgeneration hB215Lc-2 excavator to the european market. Since 2008, when Komatsu were the first in the industry to commercialize this hybrid construction equipment, over 2500 Komatsu excavators were bought worldwide. “Customer satisfaction is the rule” says Jim Venerus, Deputy General Manager for european Product Marketing at Komatsu europe. “Komatsu’s unique hybrid technology is widely recognized as reliable and efficient by owners and operators, in europe and all over the world. the HB215LC-2 is powered by the revolutionary Komatsu Hybrid System, which works on the principle of swing energy regeneration and energy storage. it includes Komatsu’s electric swing motor, power generator motor, ultra-capacitor and a powerful 104 kw (139 HP)

SAA4D107e-2-A diesel engine. Komatsu’s Ultra-Capacitor provides fast energy storage and instantaneous power transmission. the kinetic energy generated during the swing-braking phase is converted to electricity, which is sent through an inverter and captured by the Komatsu Ultra Capacitor. when accelerating under workload conditions the captured energy is discharged quickly for upper structure rotation and to assist the engine as commanded by the hybrid controller. the reserve power stored by the hybrid technology represents additional horsepower that is available to maximize machine performance by supporting the engine, or is used for swing power. WWW.TheceA.ORg.uK

On the HB215LC-2, there is no scheduled replacement interval for the Komatsu Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (KDOC). the integrated design of the KDOC gives it a long life and allows this simple system to remove soot using 100% “true passive regeneration”, without the need for a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). “the new HB215LC2 will now provide Komatsu customers with an even higher fuel economy. Actual savings will depend on the application, and fuel efficiency is particularly high when operating the excavator with hydraulic attachments,” says Komatsu’s Hybrid excavator Product Manager,Yoshihiro Kobayashi. “we estimate that the extra investment into a Komatsu hybrid machine can typically be recovered in two years or less.”


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Ts PeRKiNs TAKes fLeXiBLe APPROAch Perkins has launched its new 404F-e22tA, an engine designed to meet eU Stage iiiB/ U.S. ePA tier 4 Final emissions standards. the launch of this compact, four-cylinder model heralds a new era for the 400 Series range, as it is the first time that common rail direct injection and full authority electronics feature on an engine of this size. the new turbocharged aftercooled 2.2 litre model should be of particular interest to compact equipment manufacturers, especially for construction applications. while the new model retains many of the features that have made the 400 Series the first choice for many Original equipment Manufacturers (OeMs) globally, it is the addition of the common rail fuel system and full authority electronics that will provide a tangible and marked increase in performance and allow OeMs greater

WheN cATs MigRATe Caterpillar has announced that it is making the first in a series of authorized modification processes available for used Cat tier 4 interim products that require modification for operation outside of Highly regulated Countries (HrCs), where the products were originally manufactured to operate. the processes will be available exclusively from Cat dealers in countries with less stringent or no non-road emissions standards for used tier 4 interim products that customers will operate in those countries. the authorised modification processes, which include decertification, were developed to remove after-treatment from certain Cat machine and commercial engine configurations to enable operation in lesser- and nonregulated countries. Cat tier 4 interim

possible so that costly machine redesign can be avoided.

flexibility in tailoring the engine to specific applications. it also allows OeMs to use a smaller displacement engine in machines where traditionally engines up to 2.9 litres may have been the norm. Performance from the 404F-e22tA has been boosted to 50 kw (67 hp) with a maximum torque of 208 nm at 1800 rpm, while rated speed is up to 2800 rpm. OeMs also have the option of a turbocharged non-aftercooled model, offering up to 36 kw (48 hp). As a result operators and end users will experience better load acceptance, good transient response and overall smoother operation from machines equipped with this top-of-the-range 400 Series model. As with all engine models from Perkins the onus is very much on making the transition to Stage iiiB/tier 4 Final as seamless as engines less than 130 kw that migrate outside of HrCs will require modification to operate at peak performance. Cat tier 4 interim engine systems between 130 and 895 kw that migrate outside of HrC’s will not require any aftertreatment removal or modification to maintain peak performance. “in keeping with our aggressive product migration strategy, Caterpillar identified used products and geographies as higher probability recipients of used tier 4 interim products,” said engineering Manager rick Jeffs. “we have therefore focused our design and development efforts for this first series of modification processes to align with those higher probabilities. Using those same priorities and probabilities, Caterpillar has also been preparing dealers to support the migration of used tier 4 interim products to those targeted geographies. Further, we know tier 4 Final products won’t be far behind the interim products, which is why the strategy we’ve developed focuses on a solution for today’s customers—and for future customers.”

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the compact package size and sleek engine architecture, featuring a rearmounted small diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), allows OeMs to adopt nocompromise machine designs across many construction applications including skid steer loaders, compact wheeled loaders, hydraulic excavators and rollers. “the launch of the 404F-e22tA represents a significant evolution for the 400 Series. For OeMs in the compact machinery market it offers some compelling advantages, not least of which is the ability to transform how their machines perform and operate,” concludes David Kidder, 400 Series product manager. “the sheer flexibility of this engine in terms of machine integration is a real step-change and the benefits for OeM customers will be tangible and welcomed. Performance aside, we have also managed to improve SFC, lower noise and retain the compact dimensions that are so necessary for this sector.” .

Caterpillar reports that dealers have stocked the required parts, and they have information on specific product availability, as well as revised maintenance guidelines, optional fuel filtration kits and rebuild/overhaul repair options. “when select Cat tier 4 products that require modification migrate to lesserand non-regulated countries, the authorised modification processes must be done exclusively by a local Cat dealer trained to support the products,” Jeffs said. “Migration is a complex issue, and potential customers of this popular Cat equipment will have new purchase and support factors and issues to consider. they will find their Cat dealer an invaluable resource, and the safe source, to consult with on whether the used equipment they are considering for purchase or sale will operate effectively in their region, and if an after-treatment modification process is permitted or needed.”


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JcB MARKs eNgiNe MiLesTONe JCB has won one of the biggest engine supply deals in its history after securing an annual contract worth around £4.5 million. the milestone agreement will see the company supply terex GB Ltd with engines to power site dumpers made at the firm’s Coventry plant – just as JCB celebrates a landmark 10 years of engine manufacturing. the engines - made by JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire - will be the latest fuel

efficient ecomax 55kw/74HP stage3B/tier 4 Final models. initially they will power two terex site dumpers in its range: the tA6 and tA6S.

JCB began producing engines at its plant in Foston, Derbyshire at the end of 2004 and engine production was extended to india in 2011.

JCB CeO Graeme Macdonald said: “the engine supply contract is a major milestone for the JCB Power Systems business. it is one of the biggest engine supply deals in the company’s history and is testament to reliability and efficiency advantages that the JCB ecomax engine offers customers.”

to date JCB has produced 350,000 engines globally. JCB engines now power more than 70 per cent of JCB’s products. JCB Power Systems is also enjoying growing success in selling engines to other industries worldwide.

WeBTec deLiveRs MORe fOR Less Hydraulic engineers in need of an in-line flow control valve to regulate motor or cylinder speed on construction and agricultural machinery applications need look no further than webtec’s new highpressure VFD190 series. the launch of the new line brings webtec’s range of hydraulic flow control valves to over 800 models and counting. the new range has both a 66 percent higher operating pressure and maximum inlet flow capability than the existing webtec 2FV series, but due to its larger one-inch port size and highly optimised

mechanical design has a substantially reduced pressure drop, meaning heat generation can be cut in half resulting in significantly lower fuel consumption. Aimed at applications such as controlling the speed of operation of hydraulic hammers, crushers, screeners, spreaders and conveyors this three-port variable priority flow divider is nearly immune to rapid changes in load, with adaptive pressure compensation enabling both the regulated and by-pass flows to be used to drive separate circuits.

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h ARD dATA MAiNTAiNiNg The uPWARd TReNd

Neil Edwards, CEO The Builders’ Conference There can be no question that 2014 marked a turnaround in the uK construction industry’s fortunes. But with tender volumes down and the sector wracked by pre-election uncertainty, there is a very real possibility that we might already have seen the best of the recovery for now. Neil edwards, ceO of market intelligence provider The Builders’ conference, reports. All publications and media outlets begin each new Year with a look back at the preceding year. And Construction worX is no exception. in truth, looking back at a year that broke previous Builders’ Conference records is like identifying the very moment the tide turned. Sure, 2013 marked a change from the lowly recessionary years that had preceded it.

But 2014 was the year in which UK construction truly regained its former glory.

year, it is their potential impact upon workload in the first half of 2015 that is the greatest cause for concern.

the BCLive League table recorded an unprecedented 9,425 individual contracts from almost 2,000 individual contractors in 2014 with a combined value of £45.7 billion, another record.

into this uncertainty mixer comes the huge throwing spanner that is the impending General election.

those figures represented a 28 percent increase in the number of projects and a stunning (and welcome) 43 percent increase in the value of those projects. But can we hope to maintain that level of growth in the year to come? An albeit slight fall in house prices towards the end of last year was the first indication that the market – particularly in London and the South east – had overheated and required some anti-inflationary adjustment. Meanwhile, the number of tenders submitted in 2014 was 10 percent down on 2013. while those fewer tenders carried a one percent greater value than the preceding issue 10 - winter 2015

As much as 30 percent of the tenders logged in 2014 are likely to be scheduled for commencement in the early part of 2015. But is anyone going to be bold enough to press ahead with major capital projects in the face of what looks increasingly likely to be another hung/coalition parliament? And, if they’re not, are we now staring down the barrel of four months’ of procrastination, obfuscation and consternation when we should, ideally, be maintaining the upward momentum of 2014? the recovery of 2014 was as impressive and hard fought as it was long-awaited and welcome. we can only hope that it wasn’t merely a flash in the pan. .


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P LANT The f T sTOP, Thief!

unsolvable Problem

construction WorX editor Mark Anthony reports from the recent combined industry Theft solutions conference on a perennial problem that just refuses to go away.

Despite the advent of mechanical and electronic devices to prevent theft, deter thieves or to aid in the recovery of the equipment if it is stolen, plant theft is a problem that refuses to go away. in fact, if industry estimates are anything to go by, it is now costing the industry somewhere in the region of £800 million per year. And we thought we had it bad in 1987!

Back in the dim and distant past when i was deputy editor of the now defunct Plant Managers Journal magazine (it died long after i’d left, before you ask), i organised and hosted an industry forum meeting to look at the issue of equipment theft which, at the time, was believed to be costing the industry £100 million/year. in attendance were several equipment manufacturers, a couple of plant hirers, insurance companies, and a pair of officers from the Kent police force who – at the time – were spearheading a crackdown on plant theft. that meeting was 27 years ago. recently, i attended the seventh annual meeting of the Combined industry theft Solutions conference at the JCB world headquarters to look at precisely the same issue although on a far larger scale. this proves two key things: firstly that our meeting and all subsequent industry efforts have failed to drive out the thieves; and secondly that my once promising journalistic career achieved a relatively shallow trajectory and has largely flat-lined ever since.

“Plant theft is a problem that will never be solved,” said CitS chairman ian elliott during the conference. “the better antitheft systems have become, the more sophisticated the thieves have grown.”

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fuel Theft

in truth, however, the tide iS turning. According to Home Office statistics, machinery theft is down nationally by 65 percent since 2010, and down by 75 percent in and around London.

And even if you satisfy your Luddite fear of modernity by operating your company from a cave with sketchy wi-fi, the thieves still have you – or, rather, your fuel – in their sights.

But the audacity of the thieves, coupled with the increasing cost of the equipment being stolen and the knock-on lost time and contract penalty costs means that the true cost is heading inexorably to the £1.0 billion mark.

Some 60 percent of road Haulage Association members are reported to have fallen victim to fuel theft while construction statistics suggest that as much of 10 percent of all fuel used in construction is lost to external and internal thieves.

And it doesn’t end there. while the loss of an excavator, hydraulic breaker or portable compressor is immediately identifiable, other less visible but equally pernicious forms of theft are also on the rise.

For all the advances made by equipment manufacturers to minimise fuel consumption, the chances are that tens of thousands of pounds of diesel are still being lost each year. the only real difference is that the loss is going to fuel organised crime gangs rather than merely punching a hole in an already depleted ozone layer.

Charlie McMurdie Price Waterhouse Coopers

CITS chairman Ian Elliott

According to Charlie McMurdie from Price waterhouse Coopers, cyber-crime has already hit around a quarter of a million UK businesses to the tune of more than £400 million. “if you think you haven’t been hit by cyber-crime, you’re looking in the wrong place,” was McMurdie’s stark warning. WWW.TheceA.ORg.uK

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I T ’S ALL ABOUT T h E B Adg e

we’re only a month in and already, 2015 looks set to be the year that badge engineering came back into fashion. Editor Mark anthony scratches the paint off some well-known kit to find what lurks beneath. Badge engineering is nothing new. the process of taking one machine, giving it a lick of paint and a fresh nomenclature is as old as the equipment manufacturing process. But, even though the process has never really gone away, badge engineering appears to be enjoying something of a renaissance. we are only a month into the new Year and we have already seen the announcement of two major deals: one in the site dumper sphere; the other in the field of compaction equipment. So what is behind the resurgence?

Badging Renaissance there was a time when you could scratch the paint off just about any OeM’s hydraulic hammer and find the familiar red livery of rammer lurking beneath. the Finnish manufacturer had recognised that excavator, backhoe and skid steer loader manufacturers keen to offer a comprehensive attachments package to their customers would be willing to sell a

rammer hammer under the manufacturer’s own name. the company’s strategy proved so successful that it was forced to create a specialist division solely to meet the demand from the likes – at the time – of Caterpillar, JCB, Kubota and a whole host of others. to avoid it cannibalising its own sales, these OeMs were generally offered previous generation technology. And this process was not restricted to hydraulic breakers. You only have to go back to the 1990s to see that some of the Caterpillar excavator range were, in fact, Mitsubishi models. Similarly, JCB’s first foray into the excavator market came courtesy of Sumitomo. Perhaps the greatest difference between then and now, however, is that these deals from a bygone age were generally somewhat cloak and dagger in nature with the badging company generally reluctant to reveal the true origin of the kit it was selling. Fast forward to 2015 and, it seems, WWW.TheceA.ORg.uK

manufacturers are willing to – literally – wear the badge with pride. they are willing to admit that they have bought in the experience and expertise from another company – sometimes a bitter rival – in order to offer their customers a more complete and comprehensive product range.

deals done in January 2015, JCB and terex announced that JCB would be entering the site dumper fray (see Page 26) courtesy of a badge engineering alliance with terex. this announcement followed hot on the heels of JCB signing a multi-million pound deal to supply site dumper engines to terex. the fact that the two companies go head to head in highly competitive market sectors such as backhoe loaders was set aside to allow JCB to offer its mini excavator and backhoe loader customers a matching site dumper in its familiar yellow livery. JCB instantly expands its product line with a proven machine range; terex


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gets to sell a lot more site dumpers; customers get to choose between yellow and white, presumably to match their curtains. everyone’s a winner. no less surprising is the alliance in the compaction equipment field that draws together three former global rivals into one neatly packaged badge engineering arrangement. From February 2015, wirtgen is to supply formerly fierce rival wacker neuson with rollers made at its factory in tirschenreuth, Germany that used to be home to Hamm which wirtgen now owns. wacker neuson will distribute them via its own sales network under its own brand, focusing initially on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, expanding to global distribution later.

wacker neuson product portfolio and round off our offering in the soil and asphalt compaction segment with tandem rollers weighing from 1.8 to 4.5 tonnes, plus compactors weighing up to seven tonnes.”

Opening salvos And there’s the rub. to design, develop, test and manufacture a new machine or product range from the ground up could take years and cost millions.

the Hamm rollers to be sold by wacker neuson will be produced to the technical and design specifications of wacker neuson and badged in wacker colours.

Stir in the additional challenges of constantly shifting industry fashions and increasingly stringent regulations on issues such as emissions, and it is a truly bold equipment manufacturer that will look at an established market and think that it can carve itself a slice from scratch.

“this long-term collaboration brings together two strong players in the compaction sector that complement each other perfectly,” said wacker neuson CeO Cem Peksaglam. “the alliance with Hamm will enable us to close gaps in the

However, if that same manufacturer is willing to set aside traditional rivalries in other market sectors, it is possible to add a new machine or a new product range in a matter of months without the development time and costs. issue 10 - winter 2015

He added, “Strategic alliances and collaborations like the one we are entering into with the wirtgen Group are becoming more and more important in an increasingly global market,” adds wacker neuson CeO Cem Peksaglam. “they make both parties more competitive.” At a time when the major manufacturers are being forced to invest most of their research and development budgets to ensure that their equipment satisfies the increasingly stringent emissions and fuel consumption standards dictated by regulators around the world, the JCB/terex and wirtgen/wacker neuson deals could yet prove to be merely the opening salvos in a protracted and badged battle for global supremacy.


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P LANT WORX 2015 ON The MOve AT PLANTWORX 2015 Transport is key in the construction industry; everything needs to be shifted, whether it is heavy plant, small plant or materials. The PlantworX 2015 exhibition (2nd-4th June, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire) is where commercial vehicle exhibitors will gather to show off their new launches and latest developments. other sectors of the transportation industry.

transport was an area of Plantworx that visitors from the 2013 event wanted to see expand, and the 2015 event will see more of these companies taking part – on both static and demonstrating. AJC trailers, Bateson trailers, Brian James trailers, Goldhofer, ifor williams trailers, isuzu trucks UK, King trailers, Macs truck Sales, nooteboom trailers, nugent trailers and Shawtrack Services have already booked their stand space and the PlantworX team is expecting other transport manufacturers to sign on the dotted line in the coming weeks. Plantworx has also teamed up with the HtA (Heavy transport Association), which is supporting the event and promoting the show to its members. the HtA is the only specialist trade Association for the heavy/abnormal load industry. Members include abnormal load hauliers, truck/trailer manufacturers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorters, ferry owners, and infrastructure owners/managers. HtA members are consequently a highly specialist group of operators with very different needs over

“As specialists in the movements of abnormal loads, HtA members are pleased to have the opportunity of visiting the show,” says John rodell, Chairman, HtA “Plant is being constructed on ever increasing scales and that means larger, heavier and wider components are being manufactured. HtA Members will need to transport larger and heavier structures whilst maintaining strict safety standards. this means transport requirements will need updating constantly. HtA members will benefit greatly from attending the PlantworX exhibition where construction machinery in real site conditions is to be exhibited.” Dee Searle, director, Les Searle transport, based in Horsham, Surrey visited the show in 2013. "we have many years of experience transporting abnormal loads and standard plant items, and we have a range of vehicles and trailers available for hire and provide experienced drivers,” she says. “By visiting trade shows such as PlantworX we get the opportunity to see the latest equipment on the market, not just transport, but construction equipment too, for our plant hire arm of the business. we visited the show in 2013 en-masse we thoroughly enjoyed the show. As a company we are delighted that there will be more transport related companies exhibiting this year and we look forward to visiting the event again at Bruntingthorpe."

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these views are shared by Paul Stockport, General Manager of Brian James trailers. “Despite the exhibition’s infancy, the focus on organisation before the show in 2013 was impressive. Following on from the recognised success of the 2013 event, the 2015 exhibition promises to be much larger, and a change of venue should help to cement the exhibition’s future success,” he explains. “PlantworX has both the product focus and the organisational capability of becoming the industry’s ‘must go to event’. Due to the increasing popularity of this exhibition, and the speed with which PlantworX is filling the stands, Brian James trailers have signed up well in advance!” Shawtrack Services’ Sales Manager Jamie Baddeley is also a fan of the show. “PlantworX is a well organised event and we are looking forward to exhibiting again. we are delighted that the transport companies exhibiting have significantly increased this year – it will encourage more visitors to the show who have an interest in this sector,” he concludes. “the show was well attended in 2013 from operators to owners and buyers alike from across the construction plant industry. this key market audience was the deciding factor for Shawtrack’s attendance as an exhibitor once again.” For the full run down on Plantworx 2015 and for an up to date exhibitor list and site plan – visit www.plantworx.co.uk.


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P LANT WORX 2015 cALL TO AcTiON in the autumn issue of construction WorX we introduced the 2015 Awards for innovation – the deadline is fast approaching (friday february 27th) and we are asking all PlantworX exhibitors with a new product or service to get involved – You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Your entry should be no more than 500 words, explaining about the product and why it should win an award – the entry can be supported by customer feedback, applications and images. word or Powerpoint documents are acceptable - exhibitors can download the Award entry form at www.plantworx.co.uk. Accompanying images should be no less than 1MB and no more than 2MB. ConstructionWorX Awards Merlo. Colin, David and hydn

the deadline for entries is Friday 27th February 2015 and the winners will be announced on thursday 26th March 2015 - presentations will be made once again at a celebratory lunch, with winners and sponsors, in a central London location.

there is a new category for the 2015 awards – ‘the PlantworX elite’ - with a Gold, Silver and Bronze award. this is an open category where your product or service does not have to be specific to the innovation categories.

entries are to be emailed to louise.murphy@plantworx.co.uk

Categories for the PlantworX Awards for innovation: l Green innovation l Safety innovation l Security innovation l efficiency innovation l engineering Solution l PlantworX elite (Gold, Silver & Bronze)

there are sponsorship opportunities surrounding the awards contact Paul Fitzgerald on 07917 324995. For more details on the Awards please contact the editor, Mark Anthony on 01372 721020 or Louise Murphy on 020 8661 0511. the full criteria for entering each category can also be found on the PlantworX website.

Please note that all products entered into the awards must be new to the market (post Hillhead 2013). entries are invited from all PlantworX exhibitors with new products or services.

success BY AssOciATiON in the last issue of construction WorX we wrote about a few of the industry’s trade associations who have joined forces with PlantworX to promote the show to their members. since the last issue we have forged some new relationships with other leading associations within the construction equipment sector. here’s a brief introduction to our new partners! Britpave - the British Cementitious Paving Association, is an independent body established to develop and forward concrete and cementitious solutions for infrastructure.

it is active in the development of solutions and best practice for roads, rail, airfields, guided bus, drainage channels, soil stabilisation and recycling. As such, the Association is the focal point for the infrastructure industry. Stephen elliott, Britpave’s general manager said, “PlantworX is an important exhibition, information and networking event for the construction industry. Britpave is very pleased to be supporting such a high profile event." citB - the CitB is the industry training Board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in england, Scotland and wales. it's our job to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce. the support and funding we provide helps companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges

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such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for their sector. FMB - the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK's largest trade association in the building industry, with national offices in england, northern ireland, Scotland and wales, supported by additional regional offices. established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members’ interests at both national and local levels. the FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for building firms right across the UK. the FMB also offers practical advice and support to the general public on choosing and working with the right builder.


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P LANT WORX 2015 deMONsTRATiNg eXceLLeNce if you want to see construction plant and machinery demonstrated in as near as possible realistic working conditions, as opposed to simply static displays, PlantworX is the show to attend. it has the largest assembly of plant, tools, equipment and accessories available in one place in the uK, making it the premier event for the construction equipment industry. the second PlantworX construction equipment exhibition, hosted by the CeA (Construction equipment Association) is taking place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire, UK. the UK’s largest ‘working’ construction event has at last count 215 exhibitors committed to the show and of these more than 75 will be exhibiting at the event for the very first time. in terms of size, the 2015 show has already exceeded the 2013 exhibition and with five more months before the event the PlantworX team is expecting the show to be a ‘sell out’.

see it in action…

the demonstration areas of the show are all but sold out with leading machinery manufacturers who will be putting their machines to the test in front of thousands of construction industry professionals. Visitors with the appropriate operator’s licence and PPe will also be invited to test the kit. exhibitors who have taken demonstration plots include A & Y equipment (Ammann & Yanmar) , Altrad Belle, Auger torque, Avant tecno, Case Construction, Detank UK, Finning/Cat, Hanix europe, Hyundai, JCB, LiuGong, Marubeni Komatsu, Miller UK, takeuchi, terex, Volvo Construction equipment , wacker neuson and whites Material Handling. A full list of exhibitors with demo plots can be found on the PlantworX website.

2015 has got this area well covered. From augers to buckets; from quick hitches to rakes, blades and grabs visitors will find an attachment for every application at the show. Ag Con/Steel wrist, Auger torque europe, B A Caulkett, BPH Attachments, Digbits, eCY Haulmark, Hill engineering, Humech Attachments Miller UK, northerntrack and Viby Attachments are just some of the confirmed attachment

environmentally-friendly and more productive, PlantworX will provide a superb platform for equipment manufacturers and suppliers to demonstrate their latest kit, not just to a few hand-picked people but to the whole demolition and construction sectors.” Companies that have already committed to the Site Clearance & Demolition area include red rhino Crushers, worsley Plant and riverside Machinery. PlantworX is also in talks with a number of other key players in this sector – so watch this space for more news.

a show within a show…

manufacturers at the show.

site clearance area set to expand…

Site Clearance is an area of the show which has been expanded to include demolition, recycling and site clearing machinery as well as a ‘shared demo plot’. to support this growth, PlantworX has teamed up with Demolition news and Demolition magazine.

DEMOLITION

Demolitionnews’ Mark Anthony said, “Demolition is one of the most innovative fields of construction plant and equipment design and manufacture. to satisfy the specific demands of the demolition sector, equipment manufacturers are constantly pushing the design envelope to produce equipment to make customers safer, more

the PlantworX undercover pavilion is also filling up fast with exhibitors snapping up stands – this area of the show boasts a diversity of products from cable detection, to portable hydraulic testers; from warning beacons to security hardware, and much more, this year will be no exception and already the undercover exhibition has a plethora of confirmed exhibitors covering just about each and every area of the construction equipment sector. exhibitors in the pavilion include Ashtree Vision & Safety, Brigade electronics, Cable Detection, environmental technologies, GKD technik, Higher Concept Software, inspHire Ltd, LeD Autolamps, nobel Fire Systems, Merlin Diesel System, nylacast, trakm8 and many more! Again a full list of pavilion exhibitors can be found on the Plantworx website.

Education, Education Education...

the training and education, hosted by the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association), area can also be found in the in undercover pavilion. the area is aimed at encouraging young people into the construction equipment sector. Companies exhibiting include training bodies and training providers and colleges. Confirmed exhibitors include CitB, Askham Bryan College, Myerscough College, emerson training Services, Mentor training and PFi training. Visitor registration is now open for PLAntwOrX and entry is free for more details and to see a full exhibitor list visit www.plantworx.co.uk. Put 2, 3 and 4 June in your diary and we’ll see you at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire.

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YOUR s hO U t with the UK’s General election now just a few short months away, all sides of the House of Commons are setting aside the name calling and hair pulling that represents the rough and tumble of modern politics in a last ditch attempt to lure voters. in years gone by, this would normally mean a splurge (or at least the promise of a splurge) of public spending on things like road and rail infrastructure. with the post-recession Government coffers bare, however, such promises are thin on the ground. which is surely an ideal time for the incumbent Government and/or the one most likely to replace it to take a fresh approach to the maintenance of the nation’s pothole-ridden road network; to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to highways maintenance; to harness modern compaction technology not just to fix roads but also to predict future failures before they turn into costly and inconvenient road closures. received wisdom is that a modern road - if built correctly - should last around 25 years. But here in the UK, we have many roads that have a subbase that once carried roman chariots. it is little wonder that each cold or wet winter results in an increase in the number of potholes. the problem is that each successive Government tends to plan its road building and road repair programmes purely for the duration of their time in power and not for the long term betterment of the country. As a result, we are constantly throwing good money after bad and fighting an unwinnable battle to keep ageing roads open to ever increasing levels of traffic.

ROAd TO iMPROveMeNT With more forward thinking, the uK government could significantly improve the nation’s road network while maintaining public spending controls. so why isn’t it, asks Bomag (great Britain) Managing director Alan Batty.

Yet it could all be so different. we have within our power the ability to compact an asphalt surface to optimum levels automatically and consistently by result, not by an ideal world methodology laid down in a book. we can analyse the existing road network to accurately predict potential areas of failure, allowing us to proactively maintain rather than reactively repair. And we can monitor, record and collate GPS-linked proof of all of this to BiM standards using intelligent and intuitive software systems. Like other forms of infrastructure, roads are a key contributor to the nation’s economy and – as such - they should not be a political football that is kicked around only when there’s an election on the horizon.

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Construction WorX is the magazine of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA).

Construction WorX issue 10 winter 2015  

Construction WorX is the magazine of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA).