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the Voice of the Uk Construction Equipment Industry

ISSUE 08 Autumn 2014

BETTER FOR BUSINESS, MORE AND MORE WOMEN BRING ThEIR SkILLS TO ThE CONSTRUCTION EqUIPMENT SECTOR

MEMBER NEWS

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SIGNPOSTS CONFERENCE

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PLANTWORX 2015

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WOMEN IN INDUSTRY

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FROM ThE PRESIDENT

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Seminar,

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MEMBER NEWS

25-28 November Bauma China, Shanghai

Scoping & trade Missions to:

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IN ThE LOBBY

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The power of numbers

15-18 December bCIndia, New Delhi

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hARD DATA

2015

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Nigel Baseley the new CEA President

The latest news from CEA members

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SkILLS AND TRAINING Confronting the skills gap

20-24

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

25-26

SIGNPOSTS CONFERENCE

27-32

PLANTWORX 2015

33-39

Export Expertise

All the news from the conference

Stars of the Future

WOMEN IN INDUSTRY Dawning of the Pink revolution

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FROM T h E pRes I Dent CEA MANAGEMENT COUNCIL The autumn has got off to a great start. First of all we held the initial meeting of the 'CEA Skills Advisory Panel', a key part of implementing the strategy we recently laid out as an organisation. My thanks to all who took part and all those who have agreed to support it going forward. the initial session focussed on reviewing the knowledge and experience of the panel. my summary of this initial session is:

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

l Inform - there are a great number of initiatives already available for CEA members to participate in and support. We need to communicate what is already available and leverage them to meet our objectives.

Jim Venerus Komatsu UK Ltd

l Participate - it is down to us. If we as a sector want to reduce the skills gap and make our industry more competitive we have to participate in these and other initiatives. no one else has the passion to do it for our industry.

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l Plan - We as the CEA need to develop a specific plan for our sector. this is in hand. l Act - When we develop a plan, we then have to follow through and execute. We will hold a follow up session pre-Christmas and ensure that we communicate to all our members’ progress to date. this was followed by the highly successful CEA Annual Conference, held at One Great George Street. this year’s theme "SIGnPOStS ... directions of travel for the construction equipment industry" provided the stimulus for a number of speakers from across the construction, equipment and Government sectors to lay out the opportunities going forward. the conference also included updates on the success of the PAnuI/CEA partnership and CESAR, both of which are great stories and are positively contributing to reducing plant theft. Looking further ahead Plantworx 2015 is fast approaching. I am pleased to report that interest and commitment to the uK's premier construction equipment exhibition is very strong. I encourage everyone in the industry to look at Plantworx as our shop window and to make sure they take advantage of this opportunity to be there. So I am looking forward to a busy first year as President of the CEA, enacting the strategy and actions we have already put in place and continuing to develop our initiatives going forward. I do encourage everyone to participate in the CEA events and initiatives and also to communicate with me on how we can continue to develop the CEA to meet the needs of its members.

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MEMBER news kOMATSU DEMONSTRATES BLADE CONTROL komatsu has introduced the D61EXi/PXi-23 - the company’s first intelligent Machine Control model - to the European market. Thanks to its unique fully automatic blade control, the D61i-23 dozer can perform not only finish grading in automatic mode, which is possible with conventional Machine Control, but also rough dozing. The D61i-23 is the first machine equipped with this innovative factory integrated technology, and it is scalable to other products manufactured by komatsu.

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JAWS OF VICTORY terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) has launched the new MJ47 primary jaw crusher module, the company’s largest jaw module to date. the terex mJ47 jaw crusher module is designed for large quarries or

access to real- time machine data, via its web service, to track work progress including the amount of soil dozed at jobsites.

Longer track-on ground standard (EX) and low ground pressure (PX) models offer customers flotation and weight distribution options that best match their applications. Operating weights range from 17,740 to 18,660 kg depending on the configuration with a net 125 kW at 2,200 rpm. the D61i-23 also features the integration of Komatsu's proprietary KOmtRAX™ (Komatsu machine tracking System) and tOPCOn's construction management system. In the near future, this integrated system will enable high-efficiency, unified management of construction work through to take place at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire on Wednesday 12 november. And the theme of this latest conference is “Scams that trash the Bottom Line”. CItS has assembled a formidable panel of guest speakers including new Sctoland Yard Commander neil Basu, Iain Anderson from GAP Group, Ian Elliott of Clancy Docwra, mike Briggs from thatcham, Kevin Howells from key sponsor Datatag, and Adrian Ross of JCB. Subjects up for discussion include: the successful partnership between the police and the contractors that want a stationary type design without the complexity of a normal stick-built plant. the mJ47 module features the robust, 36" x 48" (914 x 1,219 mm) terex Jaques St47 jaw crusher. Other key features include the terex® Simplicity 51" x 24' (1.3 x 7.3 metres) heavy-duty double-deck vibrating grizzly feeder, large capacity truck dump hopper, discharge conveyor, extra heavy-duty galvanized/ painted I-beam frame, wrap-

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While high-precision finish grading can be achieved by crawler dozers equipped with a conventional control system, the D61i-23 can also perform rough dozing in automatic mode, thanks to a fully automatic blade load control. On the D61EXi/PXi-23, the add-on components for a machine control system that were typically mounted on the blade are now replaced with a factory installed cab top GnSS (Global navigation Satellite System) antenna, an enhanced inertial measuring unit (Imu+), and with stroke sensing hydraulic cylinders. these components are installed at the Komatsu manufacturing facility during machine assembly, along with the machine control monitor and controllers mounted inside the cab, ensuring a reliable quality installation. construction industry in preventing and solving crime; cybercrime; diesel fuel theft; and the protection of remote sites. Speakers will also highlight the machines and tools that are most at risk from site theft, and look at the potential pitfalls of bribery and corruption within the construction arena. Attendance of the conference is free but spaces are limited and delegates are requested to pre-register to reserve their space: http://www.theftsolutions.org/ registration.html

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MEMBER news WELCOME TO ThE FOLD The Construction Equipment Association is delighted to welcome several new members including some that attended the CEA Conference last month to receive their membership certificates.

the first is AmI Group, which specialises in GPS tracking devices for plant machinery and vehicles. the company offers secure GPS and RF tracking devices for a wide range of applications; these include plant tracking, industrial machinery, fleet management solutions and even individual people.

discussing the latest in asset protection and management then please get in touch and receive a CEA member discount.”

both OEm’s and the aftermarket it is important that we understand what is happening in the market and some of the

Also new on board is Con mech Engineers, which manufactures and supplies ground engaging tools in the form of cutting edges and wear parts for the mining and construction industry. the company manufacture for OEm’s and its own branded “Blademaster” range, which is available in a choice of both standard and heavy duty versions.

key market drivers which will affect demand for our product. the information and networking opportunities afforded through membership to the CEA are invaluable as we look to expand our footprint in both our home and export markets.”

David Waine, global new business development manager, says: “the CEA is the recognised voice of the industry. Being a uK leading manufacturer of wear parts for

Jason Robinson, AmI Group said, “We are looking forward to becoming active members of the CEA and working with its associated members. Our aim is to become more involved with industry developments, to provide our industry knowledge and expertise to the CEA and its members whilst at the same time helping to reduce plant theft losses by utilising the very latest in asset security. Our telemetry solutions not only offer security but provide businesses with valuable operational intelligence to improve the daily management of large fleets, assets and individuals helping improve business efficiency,” says AmI Group’s Jason Robinson. “Should any of the existing CEA members be interested in WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

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“We design, prototype and manufacture Drivelines and Independent Suspension Systems to meet the needs of our clients, providing Vehicle Dynamics solutions using advanced modelling techniques that allow concept vehicle designers to incorporate high tech mobility systems into new vehicle proposals,” says John nolan, strategic marketing operations director. One company that needs no introduction is Kubota uK which joined the CEA in September of this year. the mini excavator pioneer is celebrating 35 years in the uK and Ireland where it has been one of the market leaders in the manufacture of tractors, ground care equipment and mini excavators.

Kubota has also reported that it has recently reached ‘a milestone’ in its engine development programme after its new V3800-tIand V6108-tI models achieved Eu Stage IV / uS EPA tier4 Final certification. Emission regulations for nonroad diesel engines with an output range between 56kW and 130kW is coming into effect in 2015 and this latest announcement by Kubota ensures that its complete diesel engine range meet and exceed legislative requirements. “Our engine technology is one of the best on the market, with a strong OEm customer base globally across a wide range of industry sectors,” Kubota’s business development manager for engines, Daniel Grant.

“this latest certification for our diesel engines between 56 and 130 kW is another major milestone for our team and one that we are extremely proud of.” Speaking of engines, a warm CEA welcome to Cummins, our very latest member. Bill Pearce, manager, off highway customer engineering and machine integration at Cummins says: “We joined the CEA to develop our links and relationships with the European Construction Equipment industry. understanding the needs of the construction equipment industry and the actual users of the products is vital to ensure we form strategic long term partnerships with all of our customers to make sure they succeed, by being the first to market with the best products. understanding the needs of the construction equipment industry and our customers and partners, helps us deliver our mission of ensuring everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier, safer environment. Cummins recently launched its new Powerpack. the QSL9 Eu Stage IV/tier 4 Final set of Powerpacks range from 82 to 298 kW (110 to 400 hp). Cummins say that each one provides ‘a dependable, “torque in a box” power solution, which are factorytested and supported by Cummins’ global warranty. the Powerpacks, built at the Cummins Darlington Engine Plant in the uK, use the popular Cummins QSB4.5, QSB6.7 and QSL9 engines and offer a fully integrated package specifically designed for the European, middle Eastern and African regions.

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MEMBER news ThE POWER OF INTELLIGENCE JCB has developed the world’s first Inteli-hybrid generator. Based on JCB’s market-leading qS generators, the Intelli-hybrid has a series of high capacity, deep cycle battery cells are stored in the base of the unit. these batteries are charged by the generator during periods of higher load, when the engine is running at its most efficient output. During periods of low load, the engine can be stopped and the

batteries continue to supply the power, increasing efficiency much like an automotive Stop/Start system, reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions. typically a 100 kVA generator on a construction site will use up to 120 litres of fuel per day running at low load, creating up to 340kg of carbon. By turning the engine off for up to 10 hours in a 24-hour period and relying on battery power, a customer could potentially save up to 40 litres of fuel per day, with a similar reduction in emissions. In addition, while the generator is operating on battery power, potentially through the night time period, there will be no noise emissions, making it an ideal solution for urban and

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business being exported worldwide, nylacast was the only company to have been shortlisted twice for the materials Application of the Year category, which received hundreds of applications from engineering firms across the uK. now in their sixth year, the BEEAs which took place on thursday 9th October 2014 in Central London was presented by popular 'tomorrows World' tV show presenter maggie Philbin. the BEEAs aim to promote the quality of engineering design within the uK and celebrate the British companies that are competing on a global stage and holding their own. Receiving this award verifies nylacast’s

TWS IS AWARDS CONTENDER Terex Washing Systems (TWS) has been shortlisted in the prestigious World Demolition Awards 2014, in the Innovation – Series Product category, for the recently launched Terex® AggreScrub product. “We were thrilled to be shortlisted as finalists in the World Demolition Awards under the“Innovation Award” category for recognition of our latest new product, the AggreScrub,” says tWS marketing manager

Elaine Donaghy. “to gain this level of recognition from an international panel, competing with entries around the world, is extremely important to tWS. this recognition further demonstrates tWS ongoing commitment to providing our customers with new innovative solutions for their washing needs.” the AggreScrub was unveiled at the recent Hillhead Show 2014, Buxton, uK, and the first one has just been recently installed at a site in the uK. the new AggreScrub 150 (up to 150tph) plant is particularly suited to the construction and demolition waste WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

city sites. the base unit of the generator, powered by JCB Dieselmax engines, has the same footprint as the standard QS machine, contains 24 battery cells connected to a high power inverter unit. the inverter converts the stored energy within the batteries into a 230V 50Hz, or 220V 60Hz, AC supply. the battery system has also been installed with the potential to integrate renewable energy sources such as wind and solar in future. . Nylaclast group CEO Mussa Mahomedupon reciving the Engineering Award

strong emphasis on product quality as a uK manufacturer, customer service and competitive capabilities which ensures the company is regarded as a world leader in this industry. recycling market. Key benefits for customers include the improved wear characteristics, reduced costs, and the ability to effectively scrub aggregates and float out clays/silts/lights (wood/plastics) on one chassis. In addition, there are a number of paddle options available depending on customers’ needs, including the traditional hard wearing HARDOX blades in 15 and 30mm variances as well as a new high manganese steel option. the winners will be announced at the 2014 World Demolition Summit that will be held at the nH Grand Krasnapolski Hotel in Amsterdam on 6th november.


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I N T h E l O bbY ThE POWER OF NUMBERS the CEA is non-party political but we keep an eye on the pre-election pledges now being made by the political protagonists. these are backed up by numbers – an extra billion here or there for the nHS, another x thousand houses, a further y billion of spending cuts or increases. In our relations with governments (of any colour) and its agencies, we now have some fresh numbers to catch the eye of policy makers as we lobby on our concerns and priorities. Key construction equipment industry numbers cards have been produced by our research partners, Knibb Gormezano – as reproduced on this page. Stocks of the cards are available to CEA members as a tool for impressing their contacts that they are part of a big, vibrant and economically significant sector.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT OUTREACh With a high proportion of new members elected to the European Parliament this year, the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) has taken a series of initiatives to get closer to the new Parliament. Partnering with CEmA (farm equipment) and FEm (materials handling sector), CECE have invited new European parliamentarians to a briefing session hosted by three established mEP contacts and addressed by CECE President, Eric Lepine. to support this initiative, the CEA will be ensuring key uK mEPs are well briefed about our industry and its importance to Europe’s infrastructure and economy.

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FEELING EXhAUSTED? On September 25, the European Commission published its longanticipated proposal for a revision of the directive 97/68/EC covering exhaust emissions reduction for engines installed in non-road mobile machinery, setting standards for construction equipment and other machinery that are the strictest in the world. the key elements of the regulation for the sector are: l Introductory dates of 2019 to 2020; l Limit values that will reduce emissions to extremely low levels;

with regard to further provisions for replacement engines and the concerns of niche equipment manufacturers.” Lepine emphasised that the construction equipment industry is working hard to provide its customers with machines offering the highest productivity and lowest environmental impact. However, delivering the next generation of machines to the market in time will remain a complex challenge. “Product cycles are long and product diversity is huge, putting a tremendous strain on development time,” said Lepine.

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h ARD DAtA ON TRACk TO WORk EXPLOSION For the public at large, the hS2 project will deliver faster journey times between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. For the logistics sector, it spells the end of restricted freight capacity. But to the construction industry and the equipment manufacturers that serve it, hS2 represents the Uk’s largest infrastructure project this century.

It has been a long while – possibly since the completion of the core of the nation’s motorway network – since the uK construction industry stood on the brink of such a huge and visible project as HS2. Sure we had the Channel tunnel but, as is the way with tunnels, it was out of sight and largely out of mind for all but the conservationists and the anti-French lobby. And yes, we have witnessed the construction of the Shard, the Gherkin, the Walkie talkie, the Cheese Grater and countless other high profile London skyscrapers with equally ridiculous nicknames. But in terms of magnitude, these are mere trifles when compared to the mammoth undertaking that is scheduled to link London with the midlands and the north of England, rewriting the nation’s economic geography and alleviating the strain on an existing West Coast main Line (WCmL) rail service that will soon have 50 percent

more train passengers than it has seats. Indeed, the estimates surrounding the HS2 truly boggle the mind. It is anticipated that the construction of the country’s second high speed rail network will generate 50,000 jobs per year during its construction. It will also support an additional 100,000 jobs in and around the stations, and a further 400,000 across the midlands and the north (Core Cities Group). But this will be a bi-product of a construction project of unimaginable scale. HS2 will require the construction of 350 miles of railway. Requiring a total funding of around £42.6 billion, HS2 will be built in two phases and include nine dedicated HS2 stations. Around 50 percent of the line will pass through cuttings, tunnels, bridges and viaducts including around 100 that will be built as part of the project. the project will require 55 million m3 of excavation; four million m3 concrete; 973 kilometres of rail line; 700,000 m3 of surfacing materials and almost a million tonnes of rebar. At the height of construction activity, the project will be utilising an unprecedented fleet of more than 500 articulated dumptrucks together with around 600 eight-wheel tippers. And these haulers won’t load themselves, WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

so excavators will also be in huge demand. Of course, in keeping with a project that is huge in every sense of the word, the timeline from inception to delivery and line opening is equally large and long. Although the project has rarely been out of the national headlines since it was mooted in 2009, Royal Assent for the project’s first phase is not expected until 2016, quickly followed by the required enabling works. Experts anticipate that construction will commence in earnest in 2017 with the line opening nine years later. this edition of Hard Data is drawn from a presentation given to the latest CEA Conference by John Carroll, Head of Construction and Logistics, Hybrid Bill team, HS2 Ltd.

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SKI LLS AND tRAInIng CONFRONTING ThE SkILLS ShORTAGE Philip Burgess, a member of the CEA’s newly-formed Skills Advisory Panel, provides an update following the first official meeting of this advisory working party. It remains a national conundrum that so many people can remain unemployed, with educational opportunities so plentiful, yet there are still not enough skilled workers available to drive our economy forward at a rate which it needs to move to be truly competitive in the global race. this situation provides the motive for the CEA’s Skills Advisory Panel, the launch and purpose of which was reported in the last issue of ConstructionWorX, and since when the initial meeting of the Panel has taken place. Chaired by nigel Baseley, CEA President, the Panel – comprising professionals and educationalists engaged in the skills debate from a range of companies, representative bodies, government departments and agencies, and other stakeholders – welcomed and endorsed most strongly the CEA’s initiative and intentions for the Panel. there was universal recognition that the skills issues faced by the construction equipment industry were representative of the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector more widely across the uK, and that the actions of the Panel in addressing these issues had the potential to be of benefit to all engineering, scientific and technological-based industries.

commitment to promoting the industry as a provider of attractive, varied and worthwhile career paths. In order to facilitate the necessary time which needed to be taken in imparting views and information – the baseline from which a plan of action will subsequently be framed - Panel members had been asked to attend the initial meeting having considered four questions. l How do you perceive the nature and extent of the skills issue? l How are you addressing the issue? l What can the construction equipment industry learn from your experience? l What can the construction equipment industry do to make a difference? By each member of the Panel addressing these questions, a good understanding of stakeholders’ recent and current initiatives, views, opinions and experiences is now

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being built with a view to defining a way forward for our sector. What is already clear from the initial meeting is that solutions will be based on a multi-faceted approach which cut through the initiative overload of recent years by learning from those initiatives that have achieved demonstrable success and ignoring the rest. A much closer engagement with the work of HmG’s Automotive Council in relation to skills is also vital; and a fresh identity for the construction equipment industry is needed; with an enhanced and dynamic profile that is attractive to young people in particular. So the Skills Advisory Panel is up and running. the leadership of the CEA is determined that it will not become just a ‘talking shop’; rather, it will be the vehicle by which the CEA can address the skills issue seriously by providing a comprehensive review of the situation and developing meaningful and realistic solutions.


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SKI LLS AND tRAInIng "After just 30 months on my apprenticeship program I am a very competent setter and basic programmer within the milling department and complete one-off jobs. I feel that Nylacast will provide me with an excellent career in Engineering and I personally believe that I can achieve a position within the company as a very skilled programmer within the milling department. Lewis Noble, Nylacast Apprentice. Left First Year Apprentices in the CNC simulator training room Below - Abdur Limalia, graduated Nylacast engineering Apprentice now in full time employment within the Nylacast Quality Department

PLUGGING ThE SkILLS GAP Plastics and polymer producer and active CEA member Nylacast views the industry skills gap not as a problem but an opportunity. The company’s marketing manager Junaid Makda explains.

range of students and youngsters, whether they are looking to gain experience and insight into sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, quality or logistics. Like the wider construction equipment industry, the list of interest areas is endless.

nylacast maintains strong relationships with local, national and international educational institutes, regularly holding events and activities to engage students. this spans across all company departments and includes work experience and placements through to gap year placements and

the term "skills gap" has negative connotations across many industries. there is no doubt that it does exist or that it is an operational problem. But it is also fascinating to see the way in which this gap is being addressed, particularly in the construction equipment industry, through the introduction and implementation of numerous academies, training programmes and skills initiatives.

Broad horizons As an engineering firm, nylacast has full control of the manufacturing process from raw chemistry through to end components. this allows it to offer full traceability and optimum efficiencies for our clients. It also allows nylacast to open up the company as a platform for education and opportunities for a wide

“As a former Leicester college student and having been through the recruitment process myself, it was great to be able to help out at the local career fairs. I enjoyed being able to share my experience and knowledge of being a Nylacast apprentice for almost three years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I would definitely encourage any prospective students interested in engineering to apply to join our team here at Nylacast.” Abdur Limalia, Nylacast Apprentice. WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk


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Knowledge transfer Partnerships (KtPs), student open days and site visits through to careers fairs and lunch and learn sessions. Local schools, colleges and universities are also regularly visited by company staff and current apprentices too, in order to give their first-hand view and insight into apprenticeships and engineering.

Degrees of Success As a company, nylacast offers more structured, award winning apprenticeships, training and development programmes. these are housed and delivered in the recently opened nylacast Engineering training Academy, which encompasses and utilises both modern training techniques and software coupled with an old school engineering approach using manual techniques and machinery. nylacast is continuously investing in its most valuable asset: its people. And it is for this reason that the company works closely with training experts and local colleges to establish tailor made courses for all members of nylacast; not just the young students coming into the business. this includes structured courses such as advanced programmes in management and leadership, and business improvement techniques. these courses result in the employees gaining qualifications which can then be topped up to lead to university degrees. this is greatly appreciated by those employees who did not choose the educational path at younger ages and went directly into work from leaving school. In order to engage with younger students and nurture their interest in engineering, nylacast sponsors a number of sports teams from youth football teams and the GBR Womens Rafting team through to Dmu Racing; a university racing team made up of engineering students participating in the international ImechE Formula Student competition in which they build a fully functional race car from scratch. Furthermore, the latest marketing campaign, Everyday Superheroes from nylacast is aimed at attracting all ages including the younger generations, into

engineering and alternative materials through the use of characters and comic strips which relay information and case studies through an interesting, engaging and reminiscent manor.

Student Day Against this background, nylacast believes that a student day at Plantworx is a great concept. Having exhibited and participated in many exhibitions and events worldwide, nylacast often finds the student days are well received. A lot of the company’s product marketing is based on the education of alternative materials and capabilities of engineering polymers, so it's great to be able to interact and educate students directly, in an arena showcasing all that the construction equipment industry has to offer. the time spent speaking and interacting with students may not lead to direct sales or revenue. However, it helps to pave the foundation for the engineers of tomorrow which may well be our future customers or employees.

there are many companies within the construction equipment industry, all bringing value to different areas, by highlighting what they do and the benefit they provide whether it's a small washer or a large piece of equipment. there's always a story to be told and ears to listen. You don't have to build a rocket and send it to the moon to encourage apprentices, you just have to invest the time and resources to communicate with them effectively. First Year Apprentices working in the CNC simulator training room

“I thought that the course worked well as it has given me a better understanding of work-holding before programming and how that is a major factor. It has benefitted me massively as I now have the confidence to attempt programming jobs on the shop floor and I have gained a lot more knowledge.� Ryan Davids, Nylacast Apprentice. .

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I NT ERNAT I ONAL NEWS ThE kEY TO UNLOCk ThE INDIAN MARkET In September 2013, the Uk India Business Council (UkIBC) launched its new market entry service – Launchpad - to help Uk companies and organisations enter India. Launchpad is designed to provide a lowrisk and cost-controlled market-entry model; removing the time-consuming hassle such as company incorporation, hiring staff, understanding local tax and legal issues.

Companies making their first steps into the market can then concentrate on their core business. Arguably the main appeal for many clients is that they know in advance how much their first year's market entry strategy will cost, and because the service is tailored to their specific needs. Launchpad is also incredibly flexible and can be applied to almost any sector and any size of company. We have, for example, already had clients from many sectors including infrastructure. the key to its success so far has been the quality of Launchpad consultants, which uKIBC have recruited to spend that crucial first year working with each client. In each case, potential consultants have to demonstrate the correct skill-set, good local contacts in India and between 10 and 15 years’ experience in the target sector.

Such knowledge allows them to both take critical decisions, and act as brand ambassadors for their clients in India. Equally the client-consultant relationship is very flexible, so our Launchpad consultants might work on specialist market research activities, identify potential partners, distributors and suppliers, gather market data, or discuss such key issues as branding and positioning of the company's products or services. http://www.ukibc.com/business-services/ ukibc_programmes/Launchpad.aspx


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kAzAkhSTAN MINING OPPORTUNITIES The UkTI Global Mining Supply Chain initiative is looking to kazakhstan as a country of opportunity for Uk suppliers to the mining and mine infrastructure sector. UkTI are arranging a supply chain event in Manchester at Manchester United FC running from the 26th to the 28th November with the main supply chain event on the 28th.

the aim is to have some 150 uK supply chain companies meet 50 Kazak engineering companies who may act as partners or purchasers of goods and services. If you would like to be considered for involvement in the event then please confirm your interest to us and we (CEA) will supply a brief spreadsheet to fill out. the event itself will involve Shell and many leading EPC contractors such as Fluor, Worley Parsons and Wood Group. For those with an oil & gas, mining / mine infrastructure offer there will be significant opportunity for engagement across both natural resources sectors.


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I NT ERNAT I ONAL NEWS EXPORT EXPERTISE Following on from the article in the last Construction Worx on how UkTI are supporting high value opportunities (hVOs) in mining, this time we focus further on how UkTI are also looking at hVOs in global construction, how they are helping Uk Companies win export orders, and their advice to Uk companies. The CEA’s Director of Global Programmes, Joanna Oliver MBE, talks to Mark Boorman, UkTI’s lead Project Manager across the Construction and Infrastructure sector. JO: How does what you are doing differ from the HVO mining team? mB: ultimately, like the mining team, our objective is to support uK companies in winning export business. Each team is set up with a project manager like myself together with technical and business experts at home and abroad, supported by uKtI trade colleagues based in British Embassies and High Commissions overseas. However, the construction and mining industries are inherently different and where we work varies as well; each HVO project team will respond to these different constraints as required. We maintain an interactive global map for the whole programme which shows where and what we are targeting across all sectors. https://www.gov.uk/high-valueopportunities this map provides basic details of all the HVO project opportunities and if there are specific markets or projects that are of interest. Links guide you to the specific teams which can provide the latest information. JO: How does your approach work in practice? mB: HVOs are all about putting buyers in touch with sellers and it’s a combination of ‘push’ and ‘pull’. For each project, the team will use our presence on the ground to build up a picture of the major project or programme: - what it is, when it’s coming

to market, how it’s coming to market, who the buyers are and of course the financial value. Our trade officers are first class in opening doors to those project delivery organisations, often at the highest level, and we will start to build up a picture of what they want to buy from the uK. this is the ‘pull’. Often foreign entities look towards uK companies as world-class leaders and innovators in what they do, as well as being trustworthy and reliable. We will then share this intelligence with uK companies via our business opportunities service or by direct engagement with uK suppliers we know to be both able and capable, and who have appetite for the market in question. Business opportunities is a free service and can be customised to suit any uK company’s needs. http://www.businessopportunities.ukti.gov.uk/ WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

Once we have a greater understanding of the project, our business and technical experts will analyse each HVO to establish how we can best promote uK suppliers to the foreign buyer – this is the ‘push’. We continually ask ourselves what the buyer might want to buy if they were made fully aware of the uK offer and capability. Is it world leading, faster, cheaper, safer, more efficient, higher quality, more environmentally friendly, has lower embodied carbon, lasts twice as long, or has a longer life between services? Is the buyer aware of this? If we are aware of those products and services we can then actively look to position that uK supplier with the buyer and establish whether there are commercial opportunities.


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JO: So you are aware of all the latest innovations and best practise that’s out in the market? mB: We would love to be, but it would take a huge amount of resource and time to build up that picture. We approach it by encouraging uK companies with an appetite to export to enter into a dialogue with us on how we can best help them. Certain markets may be harder or easier, others may have local content, taxation and accounting rules. Some will require local agents, partners or distributers. the detail of that dialogue helps each and every uK company we talk to make informed choices – where they want to export, what their entry plan is, are they export ready, and so on. the challenge for us is that each and every opportunity is different and no one size fits all so we need to be able to provide bespoke support each time. On a practical level, we can take most of that pain away and advise on the logistical issues of establishing a base in the chosen market. JO: So who are you focussing on and aiming at? Large manufacturing companies? mB: Our objective is to support any uK company who is prepared to invest the time and effort in winning export business. Some of the uK’s largest companies enjoy

uKtI support and we have helped them win contracts measured in the hundreds of millions of pounds. However, we have supported medium and small companies win contracts measured in tens of thousands of pounds. the HVO name can sometimes be misconstrued to mean we only want to support large companies win large contracts. the ‘high value’ refers to the target project itself which can be made up of lots of constituent commercial opportunities, not all of which have to be large. Last year approximately 30% of the contracts we supported uK companies win were those won by SmEs and almost 30 percent of the wins were less than £300,000 so we aim to support everyone who wants our help. We make no distinction between types of uK company that we help either. We support manufacturers, service companies and consultants, we make no distinction. JO: So what advice can you give to uK companies considering exporting? mB: Consider your options carefully. Ask yourself where you want to export to and why. What are the market conditions like? Why would that market suit your product or service better than another? Consider the logistics, legal, financial and taxation constraints but don’t forget about language.

Don’t believe everything you think you may know about certain markets. Your perceptions may well be out of date. A good source of objective data are the World Bank indices for corruption and ease of doing business. You may be surprised at how far some markets have come in a short space of time. Finally, consider your pricing point and standards – products suited for uK or European standards may be ‘over engineered’ for other markets and may result in the price point being non-competitive. think about building or modifying what you do to create a suitable simpler product, one that still offers an edge in the market but is also competitive from a price point of view. uKtI can help you with all of this. It’s not easy and requires energy, enthusiasm, and investment of time but it can, as we can show, be worth it. JO: And what’s the one final thing uK companies should do? mB: talk to us, ask for our help and don’t be afraid to tell us what you need. At the end of the day, you are the best people to make the best decisions for your business. Ask for our help where and when you need it.


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I NT ERNAT I ONAL NEWS GET INTO INTERMAT Why exhibit at IntERmAt 2015? meet over 200,000 industry visitors from 150 countries. IntERmAt 2015 will feature the many of the world’s top 50 construction equipment companies drawing visitors from around the world. new for 2015, World of Concrete

MISSION TO MONGOLIA 14 uK companies participated in the uKtI commissioned mongolia Seminar mission September 22-27 delivered by the CEA. Centred in mongolia’s capital city, ulaanbaatar (uB), with a visit to the huge Baganuur coal mine a two hour drive from uB, the mission offered companies meetings with mongolian ministries for Construction and mining, the Oyu tolgoi (mongolia’s largest copper mine)procurement team, the EBRD, Hertz Rental and mcmahon mining. the British Business Group hoisted a dinner for

Europe will be a part of IntERmAt. A focus on four of the world’s fastest growing construction markets – turkey, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and the uAE. Why the uK Pavilion at IntERmAt 2015? the uK Pavilion offers fully fitted turnkey stands (space, stand construction, furniture, lighting, electricity, carpets, graphics, cleaning and refreshments) in a prime position at the front of Hall 6, close to one of the new

missioners and the week was rounded up with a visit to the famous Steppe Inne Embassy pub. the mood of the business community in mongolia was considerably more upbeat than in 2013. the general feeling was that the economy is getting back on track, the mongolian Government is waking up to the potential catastrophe for the country should their mining policies fail, and that the underground “Phase two” of the Oyu tolgoi copper mine was about to get started again after a year in mothballs. the highlight of the mission was the “Excellence and Expertise from the uK” Seminar held in uB and attended by around

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS CEA International Business Group (IBG) meeting – 4 December, nylacast, Leicester the next CEA IBG meeting will focus on the opportunities for uK exporters to

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entrances to Intermat. We take care of all the hassle involved with organising a stand – leaving your people free to spend their time selling. Don’t want the expense of a big stand of your own? Why not take an Export POD as part of the CEA stand giving you a presence at the exhibition – but the freedom to go off stand and visit your customers. Full details on the CEA web site www.the cea.org.uk/exhibitions.

100 delegates. the seminar gave uK companies a platform to promote their products to a handpicked audience of end users, distributors, mining houses, contractors and government departments. Following individual company Presentations and a networking lunch, the uK companies spent the afternoon in one to one meetings with conference delegates. the seminar attracted extensive media coverage – including the mongolian national Broadcasting Company who featured the event on their main news programme. users. the IBG meeting will also cover export opportunities in Chile, Peru and Central Asian markets plus a round table “state of the nation” discussion. We are grateful to our hosts, nylacast, who will tell us about their new training Academy founded to encourage and educate young people to get into engineering. notices will be sent out soon.


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SI G NP OST S C O nf eRenC e But, despite the question mark in the title of his “Russia – Open for Business” presentation, Barton remained cautiously optimistic that the doors were indeed still very much open for the assembled exporters. On the subject of export, the uKtI gave an impassioned plea to delegates, asking them to help spend the available grant funding that has been set aside specifically to help uK equipment and component manufacturers to sell their wares across the globe (see page 22).

POSITIVE SIGNS The optimism on display at the latest Construction Equipment Association conference might have been of the cautious variety but it was, nevertheless, tangible. Mark Anthony reports. It seems like just a few weeks ago that the very idea of hosting a conference on the future of the construction equipment industry would have been unthinkable. In the midst of the longest, deepest recession in living memory, there was a question over whether the industry actually had a future, let alone require a conference to celebrate the fact. But with the recession well and truly over and the industry graph pointing almost universally up and to the right, the timing of the latest CEA Conference really could not have been better. And while the positivity emanating from One Great George Street – the venue for the “Signposts” conference was tinged with post-recessionary, won’t-be-fooled-again caution, it was also tangible among both speakers and delegates.

Widening Influence In his first Construction Equipment Association Conference as president, nigel Baseley kicked things off with an upbeat resume of the CEA’s activities since he took over the hot seat just a few short months ago. And there was much to share, particularly the activities of the newly-formed Skills Advisory Panel and the Innovation Panel, both of whom would get to speak later in the day. Equally promising was the welcoming of a number of new members into the CEA fold (see page 8). these high profile new members not only help swell the CEA ranks but also widen the influence of the organisation into new and ever-more diverse areas of the industry, adding value to the CEA and the industry it serves. Indeed, the only potential fly in the otherwise unblemished ointment of the day was delivered by trevor Barton, executive director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce who voiced his concern over the rumbling hostilities in urkaine and its likely impact upon the wider Russian market.

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Securing the Skills A constant theme of the day was the growing skills shortage that is widely agreed to be the greatest threat to the sector’s ongoing rise out of the recessionary ashes. this, then, was the perfect outing for the CEA’s Skills Advisory Panel (see page 16), a newly-formed committee to help guide and advise the development of skills across the construction equipment sector. the panel – comprising a number of high profile industry experts - has met just once so far and has managed only to set the parameters of its goals. But with another meeting scheduled in the very near future, the panel’s stated ambition to Inform, Participate, Plant and Act to head-off the growing skills shortage got off to a flying start. Equally upbeat was another CEA committee; the Innovation Panel. Once again drawing expertise from across the entire spectrum of the construction equipment sector, the Innovation Panel has been designed to recognise and foster


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SI G NP OST S C O nf eRenC e creativity in a market that is already renowned for its innovation and envelopepushing ingenuity.

require as many as 450 articulated dumptrucks at the height of its progress, marking the highly ambitious contract as a self-contained mini boom all its own.

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If dumptruck sales are set to rise, then plant theft – long a blight on the industry – is very much on a downward path, thanks in no small part to guest speakers neil Basu, commander of new Scotland Yard; and Kevin Howells of Datatag.

Playing to the strengths of host and mC of the event – Radio Four’s Zeb Soanes – the Signposts conference also included a Parkinson-style interview with nigel Lewis, Vice President of Caterpillar, EAmE Distribution Services. In addition to giving the event an interesting fireside-chat feel, the interview provided a fascinating insight into what it takes to make the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer tick. Lewis – among others – will have taken note of the presentation by John Carroll, head of construction logistics for the massive HS2 project. According to Carroll (see page 14), the HS2 rail project will

Both speakers will be on duty again at the Combined Industry theft Solutions conference that is being held at the JCB World Headquarters in november this year (see page 6) so, if you missed them this time around, be sure to reserve your place at the CItS event.

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Off-Highway Research’s David Phillips is the man with his finger squarely on its pulse. His presentation – one of the last of a packed day – highlighted the fluctuations in demand in markets such as China which are now suffering from a post-boom hangover, while focusing on other geographic locations in which the boom might land next. Ably supported by a number of key industry exhibitors and some of the best inter-industry networking opportunities this side of the next Plantworx exhibition, the CEA will have returned home satisfied at a job well done. And, more importantly, the delegates and presenters that gave up their valuable time and shared their expertise will have returned to their respective places of work better informed and buoyed by a pervading sense of positivity and optimism that bodes well for Plantworx 2015.


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P LANT WORX 2015 AWARDS SEASON Nothing can set a company up for exhibiting its new products or services at a show quite like winning an award that recognises that the product is a ‘cut above the rest’. The PLANTWORX Awards for Innovation will once again be an opportunity for winning exhibitors to showcase their products having convinced the independent panel of judges that the product is worthy of the accolade. Extensive pre-show publicity will surround the awards supporting the winners ensuring news of their win reaches the widest possible audience. Introduced at Plantworx 2013, the Innovation Awards attracted an impressive 63 entries across the five categories. the winners were presented with their awards at a celebration lunch with Plantworx organisers, judges and sponsors at 30 Euston Square London, the grand home of the Royal College of Practitioners. Hill Engineering was the overall winner in the engineering category. mike Roby, sales director said: “Hill Engineering were delighted to be a winner in the inaugural Plantworx innovation awards. An award judged and presented to us by industry professionals is recognition of our innovative culture and hard work to give the industry the best and safest coupler on the market. We have launched two new products this year and are looking forward to entering this competition once again.” Once again we have specific innovation award categories: Green, Security, Safety, Engineering and Efficiency. In addition for 2015, the Plantworx team have added another category – the Plantworx Elite, with a Gold, Silver and Bronze award - an open category where your product or service does not have to be specific to the innovation categories. All award entries will automatically be

The celebrating winners from the 2013 Awards (L-R Back Row: Edward Prosser Komatsu; Richard Taylor, Automatrics; Ian hill. hill Engineering; Barry & Jacquie Lieberman, Ethnet; L - R Front Row: Kaz Kondo. Komatsu; Jarlath Gilmore, hill Engineering; David J Dean, Merlo). entered into the Plantworx Elite for judging - this is an ‘open category’ and the team is hoping that it will encourage even more exhibitors to join in. 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. Your entry should be no more than 500 words, explaining about the product and why it should win an award. the entry can also 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. 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 ISSUE 08 - Autumn 2014

sponsors, in a central London location. Entries are to be emailed to louise.murphy@plantworx.co.uk Winners and sponsors from last year’s awards received a wealth of publicity both preshow and during the event. the winners and sponsors also featured in the Plantworx Showguide which was given out to some 11,000 visitors! You have to be in it to win it! there are sponsorship opportunities surrounding the awards contact Paul Fitzgerald on 07917 324995. For more details on the Awards please contact Louise murphy on tel: 020 8661 0511. the full criteria for entering each category can also be found on the Plantworx web site. there will also be ‘Onsite’ Awards –news of these to follow in the January issue of Construction WorX. Categories for the PLAntWORX Awards for Innovation: l Green Innovation l Safety Innovation l Security Innovation l Efficiency Innovation l Engineering Solution lPlantworx Elite (Gold, Silver & Bronze)


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The heavy Transport Association one of the key supporters of Plantworx, the construction equipment exhibition - is launching The heavies, a dedicated industry awards event that aims to recognise excellence throughout the heavy and abnormal load sector. the HtA is the only trade association dedicated to the heavy and abnormal load industry and its members include haulage and logistics companies, truck and trailer manufacturers, police abnormal load managers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorts, ferry owners and infrastructure owners and managers. It campaigns both within the uK and Europe is a leading member of EStA – the European Association of Abnormal Road transport and mobile Cranes.

the Heavies will be hosted by Quentin Willson - tV personality, motoring journalist, and founder and campaigner for FairFueluK - with the aim of rewarding those organisations (large or small) making a significant contribution to the industry. Entries are welcome from all manner of companies and organisations operating within the sector, including sole traders. Prize winners will include operators, escorters, leading figures, policy-makers, buyers, manufacturers and suppliers. they will be recognised for their innovations, outstanding service, efficiency and quality. the black tie awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 27 march 2015 in the impressive surroundings of Hangar 42, at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, just off the m1 in Leicestershire. the venue will offer a unique opportunity for sponsors to showcase their latest technological innovations to an audience of existing customers and future prospects alike. WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

Heavy transport Association chairman John Rodell said "We want to use these awards to highlight the very best in our industry, to show what we can do for our clients and to promote professionalism, safety and innovation. Our aim is to celebrate those values with our friends from all related industry sectors. “I am certain that the Heavies will do just that and prove to be a fantastic occasion." To find our more about The heavies, please visit www.theheavies.co.uk or call 0845 1 700 300.


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YOUTh OF TODAY, STARS OF ThE FUTURE The CEA announced earlier on in the year that on the final afternoon of Plantworx Construction Equipment Exhibition 2015 (12 – 4pm, Thursday 4th June) the organisers of the event - in association with the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) – will invite students and teachers from primary and secondary schools and colleges to visit the show and get a taste of the construction equipment sector. this idea has been well received within the industry as a whole and the CEA and the Plantworx team have extended this invitation to all visitors to the Plantworx exhibition, who may have younger family members or friends of the family interested in the construction equipment industry, to come along on the final afternoon of the show. the Plantworx team is confident that by inviting young people to attend the exhibition and talking to machine specialists

and operators, it will encourage their interest in the construction equipment industry – whether it be as a plant mechanic, a plant operator or an engineer.

Exhibitor and you have a simulator you would let us borrow or if you are planning to have one on your stand – then please let us know.

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the CPA has also confirmed that it will be holding the 2015 ‘Stars of the Future’ Plant mechanic Apprentice Awards on thursday 4th June to tie in with the ‘Student’ afternoon. At the inaugural award ceremony at Plantworx 2013, over 250 students and lecturers attended the event – in 2015 the CPA is expecting even more of a turn out.

For the young visitors Plantworx is planning a ‘Student trail’ where they can follow a trail to visit exhibitors who are actively taking part in the Student Day with competitions, give aways and demonstrations. the ‘training and Education’ Zone at Plantworx 2015, located in the pavilion, will also play a vital role in making the young people’s afternoon a success. Hosted by the CPA, the zone is dedicated to colleges offering Construction courses and other associations offering training in the construction and demolition sectors. In this zone there are plans for speakers from various areas of our sector, including recently qualified engineers/plant mechanics and students who are currently undergoing apprenticeship training. the training and Education Zone will also have an interactive area with machine simulators and visiting students will be encouraged to ‘get hands on’ and get involved! So if you are a Plantworx WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

Stars of the Future the Stars of the Future competition is an annual award scheme, now in its 3rd year, devised by the CPA to recognise talented youngsters on plant mechanic apprentice schemes in colleges across the uK. there are separate prizes for Level two and Level three trainee mechanics and college tutors monitor their students throughout the academic year both in their college and working environment from this assessment they select their two ‘Stars of the Future’ apprentices for the regional award, and these students automatically are entered for the national Award .


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P LANT WORX 2015 the awards recognise and reward outstanding apprentices who not only bring ability and commitment to their learning and their work, but who possess additional capabilities that mark them out not only being the foundations of the future of our industry, but also potential leaders. Haydn Steele, CPA training manager and organiser of SOtF said: “Last year we set a very high benchmark and we intend to make the scheme even bigger and better in the coming years. Apprentices are playing an important role in the recovery of our industry by giving employers the essential skills they need. I am very proud and privileged to be associated with the Stars of the Future programme and to see the pride they bring not only to their employers, families, and college but most importantly to themselves.” there are (approximately) 20 regional winners across the country who attend the awards presentation. From amongst these 20 finalists a panel of judges will decide two national Winners, one at each level. In the inaugural competition in 2013 there were 489 entries – in 2014 there were a staggering 592 entries. the sky is the limit for 2015.

the awards will be presented by Richard noble OBE, pioneer of the Bloodhound SSC project, where in 2016, noble and his team intend to break the land speed record with a 1,000 mph dash across the African desert. noble presented the inaugural awards in 2013 and gave an inspirational talk to the young students who were incredibly impressed. He plans to do the same for 2015 for the latest winners, who would not have not yet had the chance to meet this incredibly enigmatic and motivating character. “I thought the CPA Stars of the Future apprentice programme was very well done. You could see the look of pride on the winner’s faces, it meant a lot to them, and I was delighted to be asked back for a second time to present the awards,” noble says. “these engineers really are our future – long may the scheme continue.” For more information on the CPA Stars of the Future or if you are an exhibitor who would like to be involved in hosting ‘a special event’ for the Plantworx student event please contact Louise murphy – louise.murphy@plantworx.co.uk Richard Noble OBE,

Working Together the CEA and the Plantworx team have been busily forging relationships with other relevant associations within the construction equipment sector. the show has some brand new partners that will be promoting the show to their members and associates to enable Plantworx to reach the widest possible audience to become the new construction exhibition ‘super force’ adding value to Plantworx exhibitors and visitors alike. nSCC (national Specialist Contractors Council) brings together the common aims of specialist trade organisations within the construction industry and is the authoritative voice of Specialist Contractors in the uK. the association represents 30 specialist trade organisations representing businesses engaged in the planning, design, construction, refurbishment, and maintenance of the built environment in both the commercial and domestic sectors. CECA (Civil Engineers Contracting Association) is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country's infrastructure. With more than 300 members split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the uK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water. HtA (Heavy transport Association) 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, infrastructure owners/managers, etc. HtA members are consequently a highly specialist group of operators with very different needs over other sectors of the transportation industry.

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no one single answer but we must act now to secure the future of engineering in the uK."

As an industry, we cannot survive and prosper by employing only men; we must widen our net and become ever more inclusive. At the sharp end of the industry a female employee remains a rarity. And yet, women can help fill the construction skills gap. Construction WorX reports.

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nick Ground, managing director of GKD technik, is confident that women can be every bit as successful as their male counterparts in the construction equipment industry - but only if more are actively encouraged to look seriously at the industry. “When I was an apprentice, over 30-years ago, I trained alongside the first female apprentice at marconi who became a very successful engineer,” he states. “It is a poor reflection on our industry that we still struggle to attract and retain women.”

No Single Answer Dr Carol marsh, President of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) echoes Ground’s comments. “there is a skills shortage in engineering and one way to plug the gap is to get girls interested in engineering,” she asserts. “Girls are often good at maths and science at primary school but don't pursue these subjects. As an industry we need to promote the creative side of engineering, the range of careers available, the opportunities for travel and the salaries. We must inspire girls and boys to consider engineering as a career. Engineering companies must engage with children in primary schools then keep them engaged throughout secondary school. the routes into engineering need to be highlighted: Apprenticeships, Year in Industry, graduates. more importantly we need to keep engineers engaged through family friendly working policies. there is

involved in an advisory role in the very difficult process of planting the seed of change and changing the mind-sets of other more complicated markets like India, China and Indonesia to name but a few.

Jacqui miller mBE, (above) main board director/adviser to miller International is a familiar and feminine face, well-known throughout the international construction and quarrying industry and a perfect example of how women can succeed and indeed fly high in the construction industry. As a determined and inspiring businesswoman, miller takes her responsibilities to the business and its brand very seriously. Indeed she takes pleasure in offering assistance where she can to other business in an effort to 'give back' which she also feels is very important in life. She was recognised with an mBE for services to industry and international trade in the 2013 new Year Honours List, short listed for woman of the year in manufacturing in the first women's awards, and won international business woman of the year for north East England all in the same year. miller was instrumental in changing how excavators are now used on site every day not only in the uK but across most western markets in addition she is still WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

“I'm a huge believer in youth opportunities for boys and girls and being one of the sectors trailblazers in direct sales and marketing I would dearly like to see lots more young women get involved in all aspects of our industry, the talent is out there what we must do is to encourage these young ladies to consider our sector as a REAL opportunity for a fulfilling career,” Jacqui miller says. “At miller we think it’s exceptionally important to encourage the young for future loyal employees with the aim that the most talented amongst these individuals have the opportunity to go on and become the next managers/stars within our business. It also should be part of a business’s social responsibility toward the future prosperity of manufacturing within the Construction and associated industry sector. I think as part of a broader set of agenda we need to actively engage more with the schools, universities and colleges nationwide and get these educational bodies 'promoting' the opportunities for the 'future stars' to look at our sector. use industry’s success stories by way of inspiration and maybe produce a DVD that can be viewed by these youngsters via multimedia, in the class room etc. If we in business don't promote our respective businesses as real long-term career prospects offering the talent of the future an exciting, creative and fulfilling job opportunity then who will?"

Young Talent Initiative JCB has recently reported a record number of young women joining as apprentices. nine females have just started their apprenticeships, which is almost double last year’s intake. they have been recruited as part of the company’s Young talent initiative which attracted more than 1,000 applications for more than 100 new jobs for apprentices,


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WOMEN I N InDU s tRY I wanted to get out into the world and do something different rather than going to university,” she says. “A lot of girls shy away from things like engineering because they think it’s mainly for lads and they are a bit intimidated by it but that doesn't worry me at all. I think it's great that JCB are going out of their way to encourage more females to apply for apprenticeships.”

JCB apprentices graduates and undergraduates. A total of 59 of the new positions are for apprentices. Since its introduction three years ago, JCB’s Young talent programme has seen almost 350 young people join the business. the latest recruitment drive comes after Lord Bamford underlined his commitment to “identifying and nurturing young talent” in his maiden speech in the House of Lords. this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of JCB’s first ever apprenticeship programme, when every single recruit was a boy.

and creative, who can think for themselves and come up with the right solutions to problems whether they are male or female. We are delighted that more and more young women are choosing to apply for apprenticeships at JCB.”

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JCB’s Group HR director Alan thomson says: “We are delighted that more and more young women seem to be recognising that engineering companies represent an exciting opportunity for a rewarding career. When JCB’s Young talent programme first started in 2012, there was a solitary female amongst the apprentice intake. to have nine female apprentices this year is fantastic and we are hopeful it could mean that the tide is finally beginning to turn and that women don’t view engineering as very much a man’s world. We have been very busy attending Women in Engineering events and visiting schools to encourage young women to get involved and the hard work is paying off. We need people who can be innovative WWW.ThECEA.ORG.Uk

Georgia thorley, 18, of Cheadle, has also joined JCB as a Higher Apprentice Engineer and admits that the subject has always fascinated her. “I can be a bit girly when I want to, but I also like getting my hands dirty. I was part of the Science, technology, Engineering and maths scheme at school and I found it really interesting. there are so many different skills involved and there's always something new to discover and learn about,” she asserts. “I'm not bothered about being a girl in a maledominated world, I just take it in my stride. All my friends and family have been very supportive of my decision and I would recommend a JCB apprenticeship 100 per cent.” Equally enthusiastic is Abigail Hodgson (below0 , is another new female JCB recruit although her choice was to sign-up as a Higher Apprentice in Business. Abigail enjoyed business studies at school and decided to apply to JCB after seeing the


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WOMEN I N InDU s tRY help and support given to her older brother Ben during his apprenticeship with the company. “I have just been given my first placement in the technical Publications department at the JCB World Parts Centre and I'm really excited about it. I'll spend six months there and then move on to another placement somewhere else within JCB. that's the great thing about the JCB apprenticeship scheme; there are just so many interesting things to get involved in.”

A Life’s Ambition Higher Apprentice Engineer Beth Feeley never had any doubts about her career choice. She has wanted to be an engineer since she was young. Brought up around her family’s automotive business, Feeley secured a place at the JCB Academy where she studied for a Diploma in Engineering and maths. “I've always been around engines and other machines for as long as I can remember. I've never wanted to do

anything else and always knew that a JCB apprenticeship was a better option for me than going to university. JCB's decision to encourage more girls to get involved in engineering is a great idea – it's not just a man's world anymore.” Heidi Perry (20) is a 2nd-year apprentice at the Finning academy and is based at Finning Peterborough: “I tried hair and beauty first but I really didn’t like it. I then did motor Vehicle studies at College and I loved it. I got the taste for it and wanted then to work on bigger stuff.” Perry applied to Finning Peterborough for a desk job in parts distribution just to get a foot in the door. “Finning saw my qualifications and invited me in for an interview for an apprenticeship on Power Systems – I jumped at the chance. I eventually want to be a team leader and then work my up to as high as I can go.” Heidi Perry now has her own Finning van and is on the road with the other engineers. She is doing so well that for the next month or so she will be spending three-days a week in Holland with a team of Finning engineers commissioning generators.

Treated as an Equal Being in such a male dominated environment does not faze Heidi in the slightest either. “What you see is what you get with blokes.” She said. “If they like you, they like you. If they don’t they don’t. they treat me as an equal; one of the boys. Also, girls tend to have smaller hands so a lot of engineering work is easier for me. most girls think this is a man’s job – it really isn’t – we definitely need to get more girls involved.” Perry has also been busy being a ‘female ambassador’ for Finning and has made a video for Women in Engineering – you can watch it here http://www.finning.co.uk/careers_and_ training/apprentice/. Chanel Littleton (left) was a former plant mechanic apprentice – she is now a fully qualified engineer! She still wears nail varnish to work and enjoys girlie nights out with her friends. But she’s more than a

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match for the boys when it comes to dismantling an engine. the second female Apprentice for Reaseheath College in 14 years, and the first and the only female apprentice with Clee Hill Plant Hire, is in her element servicing rollers or resolving problems on excavators. Her passion for engines began at home when she and her father, an LGV driver, built a car together. After attending Endon High School and the City of Stoke-on-trent Sixth Form College she set out to gain practical industry experience. “this is a dream job. It’s fascinating seeing how machines run. I love getting my hands dirty and there’s a great feeling of achievement when you’ve fixed a fault. I have finished my level 3 and I am now a fully-fledged engineer. I received an award from the CPA Stars of the Future and received one from the college teachers who choose a pupil who will expand the most in the industry,” Littleton explains. “When I was told that I was the first female to ever complete her level three, it was a very proud moment.”

Spreading the Word Chanel Littleton has more responsibilities in the depot and is currently mentoring the latest apprentice. She says she would like to talk to boys and girls about a career in engineering as she feels that many people are totally unaware of the career path and its great rewards. “my future plans with the company are to keep expanding my knowledge on the machines and eventually have a pink site van to do servicing and breakdowns on site,” she concludes. “Eventually, I would like to become a depot manger. But that’s a long way off yet.” So the message is clear from apprentices on the ground – up to senior level leaders that a lot more needs to done to encourage more young adults both male and female into the construction equipment industry It’s the responsibility of employers, schools and colleges to bridge the construction skills gap. So what are you waiting for?


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