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THE ROADS MOST TRAVELLED - spotlight on road building products and techniques
UNDER PRESSURE – WEBTEC TALK HYDRAULICS
YES MINISTER - BEIS BEHIND THE SCENES
– INTERVIEW WITH THE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
MACHINE SAFETY FOCUS
– PERSPECTIVES FROM JAMES FISHER PROLEC AND IPAF
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From the Chief Executive Member News Hard Data
Webtec talk Hydraulics
A Day in the Life In the Lobby
THE ROADS MOST TRAVELLED Spotlight on road building products and techniques
MACHINE SAFETY FOCUS Perspectives from James Fisher Prolec and IPAF
YES MINISTER – BEIS BEHIND THE SCENES Interview with the business department officials
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Contents From the Chief Executive...............................................................................................05 CECE Congress – Rome Report.................................................................................06 Member News......................................................................................................................08 New Members......................................................................................................................10 Member Focus – Webtec..............................................................................................14 Hard Data – Equipment sales holding up...........................................................18 Feature: Roads..................................................................................................................21 Brexit Briefing........................................................................................................................28 Plantworx................................................................................................................................30 Feature: Safety.................................................................................................................39 CEA Membership List.......................................................................................................42 International – Department for International Trade.....................................44 International – US Trademarks...................................................................................46 International – Exhibitions............................................................................................47 International – Off-Highway Research..................................................................48 Technical Update................................................................................................................51 A Day in the Life of... Dale Camsell...........................................................................55 In the Lobby – The BEIS Automotive Unit...........................................................56 CESAR – New Horizons...................................................................................................58
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CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT PEOPLE – from roads to Rome It’s the people that make our industry – as much as the machines and technology they invent, manufacture and sell. In this autumn issue of Construction Worx we have invited Mike Woof, the well-known editor of World Highways, to contribute a feature on road technology. This is backed up by the support of the CEA’s last President, Rory Keogh, who has helped facilitate a Britpave article on concrete solutions as well as a case study from his company, Gomaco International. Another well-established friend of the CEA has also joined our trade association team. After a distinguished career with leading OEMs, Dale Camsell is now the Senior Technical Consultant to the CEA. He provides our regulatory updates in this issue and gives us an insight into his typical day’s work in our new Day in the Life feature. Following the people theme, we feature an interview with Louise Scott and Edmund Ward from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In a time of political uncertainty it is
great to have good relationships with the “engine room” of government - the civil servants that help make things happen. In a long overdue feature on hydraulics, Martin Cuthbert, MD of Webtec, explains his company’s experiences and their strong commitment to education. We also include a snapshot report on the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) Congress, held in Rome. The event was hosted by the CEA’s trade association counterpart in Italy, UNACEA, and provided a welcome opportunity for company representatives from throughout Europe and beyond to both renew friendships and make new contacts. Congratulations to Luca Nutarelli of UNACEA and Riccardo Viaggi of CECE for bringing everyone together for another memorable occasion. ■
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JCB Insurance Ltd..................................... 38
Kocurek Excavators Ltd.......................... 15
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CECE Congress – Rome Report The European construction equipment industry gathered at the Committee for European Construction Equipment Congress, in Rome, in the midst of a positive business cycle. Rome was this year the setting for the CECE Congress, the biennial gathering of the European construction equipment industry, hosted by the Italian construction equipment association, UNACEA. Ranging from European and global business leaders to leading exhibition organisers, close to 200 delegates met for discussions with policy makers and economic researchers on the future of the industry, its road to digital transformation and the turning point in EU politics that is represented by the May 2019 European parliament elections.
Positive market conditions in Europe CECE reported a 15% increase in European construction equipment sales in 2017 – with a further 5%/10% predicted for 2018. Expectations of further growth come from civil engineering and infrastructure – such as the flagship projects of “Grand Paris” in France and the UK’s own HS2. The market situation in the Congress host country, Italy, is also showing very positive signs, with a 25% sales increase in the first half of 2018. The IHS Markit speaker at the Congress confirmed the UK as “Number 1 in Europe”, representing 16% of the European overall construction “cake”. This is ahead of the 15% taken by Germany.
European technology drivers In terms of technology, the agreed main driver for the transformation of the industry is digitalisation. The CECE Congress addressed this topic with a value chain approach, involving the communities of machine users and clients in the conference programme. In addition, the result of an 8-month long project into the digital transformation of the construction industry was presented for the first time at the Congress. On digital, CECE President Enrico Prandini said. “This study is another step of CECE’s investment into digitising our industry. If there is one key takeaway from this project, in my opinion, is the need to change the business models to unlock the value creation of data.”
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European Parliament elections CECE has put the finishes touches to its manifesto for the European Parliament elections – asserting the construction equipment sector’s part in the wider European construction value chain employing some 18 million people. Whilst the elections are no longer on the UK’s agenda, the composition of the next European Parliament will have an effect upon the regulations and trading conditions for British equipment shipped into mainland Europe.
CECE claims victory on Clean Vehicles Directive CECE claimed victory for its lobbying efforts when the European Parliament Environment Committee voted down proposals to include construction equipment within the scope of Directive 2009/33/EU on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles, the so-called Clean Vehicles Directive. CECE Secretary General Riccardo Viaggi said, “We have no reservation on the emission reduction goals the EU has set itself and the construction machinery industry is proud of the significant advancements it has made in this regard. However, the Clean Vehicles Directive is tailored to the transport sector and is not an appropriate instrument to cover mobile machines such as those manufactured by CECE member companies. We thank the MEPs who voted these amendments down for sensible and responsible policy-making and look forward to working with all MEPs and show our contribution to more sustainable construction processes”. ■
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McCloskey International Welcomes BL&D Plant Hire & Sales to Global Dealer Network Screening and crushing company McCloskey International have recently welcomed equipment dealer BL&D Plant Hire & Sales to its global network of distributors. The company serves Zambia and Zimbabwe. Headquartered in Lusaka, BL&D Plant Hire & Sales’ expertise and capabilities include exploration and mineral exposure establishment and rehabilitation services and support, including forward camp establishment, access roads, and drill pads, roadworks, agriculture services including land clearing, levelling, canal construction and pipeline trenching, plant hire and warehousing. They employ a complement of 200 staff comprised of Operators, Mechanics, Drivers and Support Staff, working to supply the Zambian market with Construction Equipment through HHEZ, a Hyundai dealership, and Plant Hire Services through BL&D Plant Hire.
On announcing the new dealership for McCloskey equipment, Jeremy Badcock, Director at BL&D Plant Hire & Sales noted that “this is an exciting time to be representing McCloskey International. After a temporary decline, rising prices have reawakened mining. With this favourable environment, foreign direct investments are adding an additional boost across industries. Zambia has substantial mining reserves, which will contribute to our economic growth in the coming years.” Paschal McCloskey, President and CEO, McCloskey International, believes that the McCloskey product range is well suited to the African market, as it is user friendly and rugged. “We established the company in Canada where machines are expected to withstand extreme temperatures in vastly
remote areas.” McCloskey noted, “as a result, they have been designed to be reliable, operator friendly and easy to maintain. These are the same features that Africanbased operations will be looking for in their machinery.” ■
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Airboss Tyres roll into Mongolia thanks to partnership with Uran Tusul Airboss, manufacturer of the innovative puncture-proof tyre, is delighted to partner with Mongolian LLC Uran Tusul, enabling the distribution of its specialist segmented tyres in a new region. The all-purpose puncture-proof tyres from Airboss, based in Cheltenham UK, help heavy duty vehicle operators avoid downtime caused by punctures and offer improved handling, an environmentally-friendly alternative, and a durable, hard-wearing tyre. AirBoss has established an enviable reputation as the most cost-effective answer to puncture and tyrerelated downtime.
Uran Tusul specialises in construction, international trade and procurement, trusted to supply to major mining projects in Mongolia. Uran Tusul has become the exclusive distributor for Airboss products in Mongolia, focusing its efforts on the mining and construction sector. Airboss CEO Don Gillanders said of the partnership, “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Uran Tusul to promote and market the innovative Airboss segmented tyre throughout Mongolia”. Uran Tusul Project Manager Bulgantamir Batjargal added, “We at Uran Tusul LLC are highly appreciative of positive collaboration with Airboss and believe we can achieve great success in the coming years especially in mining and construction sectors in Mongolia. Recent economic growth has fuelled upbeat prognosis in those sectors and Airboss can be a vital part of that growth with the innovative technology that it provides. As a pioneer provider of Airboss solutions in Mongolia, we will provide spot on service for our customers.” The expansion of Airboss into the Mongolian market follows other recent deals in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. ■
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Molson and Turmec grow together Molson Green, the UK’s largest distributor of capital equipment, is now a dealer for Turmec, a leading waste management solutions provider based in Co. Meath, Ireland. This deal sees the formalisation of a long-standing partnership between the two companies, where they have worked together to provide a full 360-degree product offering to recycling industry businesses for over sixyears. Founded in 1973, Turmec have built a reputation for designing and engineering high quality products, ranging from design, installation and maintenance of largescale recycling systems through to small modifications to existing plants. The UK market is currently the largest market for Turmec, but products are also currently distributed throughout Ireland, UAE and Australia. Turmec static products will sit alongside leading brands of mobile equipment such as Terex Ecotec, Sennebogen and Terex Finlay
in the Molson Green business from depots in Bristol, Warrington, London, Kent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Doune and Inverness. Molson Group joint Managing Director Robin Powell said: “We have built a very strong relationship with Brian Thornton and his team at Turmec over the last six years by working together to offer customers products and services that were not available from our other brands. “When working in partnership with any company, we believe it is very important to maintain the high-quality portfolio of products that represent the Molson brand. Turmec is a business that provides premium quality products that reflect and complement our ethos. “As the Molson Green business continues to grow, this deal now enables us to make a more coherent full 360-degree product offering to customers, with equipment that can be
trusted in the most demanding applications”. Turmec CEO, Brian Thornton said: “There are strong synergies between the two companies with focus on customer service, product quality with most importantly integrity forming the base of this new agreement. “Following this new agreement, Turmec will continue to deal with our existing customer base and the team of 39 salesmen within the Molson Group, will develop new leads from their customer base identify new opportunities throughout the UK”. ■
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Swelling the ranks The CEA is heading for a tripling of its membership compared to the early 2000’s! In this issue of Construction Worx we would like to welcome Advanté and Caldervale Forge who have recognised the benefits of CEA Membership. Oasis instant start welfare was pioneered by Advanté in 1998 and has become the household name commonly used to refer to welfare units in the UK. Oasis instant start welfare was created in response to changing health and safety requirements in the UK Construction Industry. Rebecca Milne, Advanté Marketing Executive said, “Our clients were faced with increasing delays getting work started on site, where mains services were not available. Oasis units offered the solution by providing all necessary facilities in one self-contained unit that can be used on site straight away.” Today, Advanté continues to push the boundaries of eco-friendly welfare provision by working closely with clients and safely delivering sustainable welfare to many key players across the UK Construction and Housebuilding Industries. The company’s newest innovations are incorporated in to the design of its EcoLogic and EcoMax ranges; which use a unique power and telemetry system to reduce generator running hours and running costs. Rebecca added, “As a nationwide supplier of Oasis instant start welfare and specialist transport & lifting services, joining the CEA was the next logical step to ensure we stay up to date with relevant industry news and benefit from the wealth of information and expertise shared across this platform.
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Our membership with the CEA has been a positive experience, so far. We will continue to engage with the services and resources they provide and look forward to Plantworx 2019 where we hope to gain further recognition from industry professionals. We are extremely excited to be exhibiting at Plantworx 2019. Visitors at the show will be able to look inside the Oasis units we have on display and talk to our staff about our latest developments on the day.” Caldervale Group Ltd is still on the original site based in Airdrie, Scotland. The company began trading in 1902 where they manufactured shovels, picks and hand tools, for the local coal and steel industries. Caldervale Forge as they were known continued to grow and serve the construction, mining quarry and demolition industries. In the early 1960`s they developed a process to manufacture steel tools for the new hydraulic hammers being designed for the demolition and quarrying industry. Today the company is the UK`s only dedicated manufacturer of hydraulic breaker tools. The hydraulic tools now branded as Rockbreaker Steel Tools are manufactured, and heat treated at Caldervale’s own production facilities in Airdrie using responsibly sourced European steel. Caldervale’s Director, Jim Kirkwood said, “We supply one of the most comprehensive ranges of Rockbreaker tools in Europe. We do not rebrand tools, only the
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tools manufactured by Caldervale are sold by Caldervale Group, all of which are uniquely identifiable. Customers can contact us direct and we will advise who are the authorised dealers All of our engineers are highly experienced. If we do not stock your tool requirement then will we design and manufacture it for you.” Jim added, “In the 90`s due to our experience in heat treatment, local companies started using the company for sub-contract heat treatment. This started as a small part of what we did but has now grown into a key part of the business, supplying quality heat treatment for the oil, rail, automotive and construction industries. This has had a positive effect on our tools as the oil industry and rail require full traceability for all heattreated parts. This has raised our quality capability and expectations to the highest levels.” “Attention to detail plus a constant awareness of customer requirements are key elements in our marketing strategy and this, together with the fact that demand is worldwide, we are confident our
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Under Pressure – Webtec talk Hydraulics Webtec is a hydraulic measurement and control company that designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of market-leading hydraulic components and hydraulic test Martin Cuthbert equipment, for the mobile and industrial machinery Managing Director Webtec markets. In this issue of Construction Worx, Louise Murphy talks to Managing Director, Martin Cuthbert, about the company’s growth to global success and the future of hydraulics… The company supply their hydraulic products to many of the major OEMs in both the construction and agricultural machinery sectors – Case New Holland and Kubota are amongst their customers. Webtec’s headquarters and manufacturing base are in St Ives in Cambridgeshire but they also have offices in France, Germany, Hong Kong and North America.
A brief history The company’s origins began in the 60’s, when Applied Power, a large American hydraulic tools business and Webster Electric (later part of Danfoss) formed a joint venture and began to expand into Europe. One of the subsidiary companies, affected by this expansion, was TektroWebster, who were intended to produce a range of pumps and valves in
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the UK, mainly to supply other branches of the Applied Power operation in Europe. Within a few years low profits and a change of strategy, on the part of Applied Power, meant that a decision was taken to close the TektroWebster business. Roy Cuthbert, who had been managing TektroWebster, saw the potential in the company and purchased it from Applied Power in 1970, changing the name to T. Webster. Roy renamed the company once again in 1978 to Webtec Products. Today, Webtec remains a family run and owned business, headed up Roy’s two sons - Managing Director, Martin Cuthbert, and Operations Director and Chairman, Stephen Cuthbert - who have both spent a life time with the company. Roy retired from the business in 2006.
A passion for engineering Martin shares his father’s passion for engineering, and although responsible for the financial success of the business and its growth, is still very much hands-on with product development and customer liaison. “Once an engineer – always an engineer!” said Martin. “The most exciting part of the business for me is still talking to the client and customising a product for their exact needs. Right from the original brief to manufacturing the final product. Using our core knowledge to see the whole evolution of the product from the concept to delivery.” Another string to Webtec’s bow is that the company produce ‘Brand Name Solutions’ for leading manufacturers and the company pride themselves on their ability customise a product in small quantities. Martin said, “If an OEM want us to help improve the quality of the machines’ hydraulics and instrumentation - we can help design and produce a solution. We have customers that place small bespoke orders and customers where we have designed and supplied a complete hydraulic data acquisition system. We are very versatile.”
Practical solutions A recent example of a Webtec solution is the development of the factory fit CV120 manual hydraulic valve, which has been designed in collaboration with a leading crushing and screening manufacturer. It was designed and manufactured in house at Webtec, using their rigorous new product design process. This starts with getting a thorough understanding of the hydraulic circuit and design brief and progresses to a CAD model of the concept, a rapid prototype, to Alpha and Beta prototypes to the final product. Martin said, “The new CV120 valve provides a complete solution to hydraulic motor control for specialist mobile machinery. It reduces both space on the machine and saves energy due to its reduced pressure drop all without compromising on the machine’s performance.” Martin added, “We can also offer a variation of this product for other customers and it can be used in a number of different applications including mining, quarrying, construction and agriculture.” Webtec are also experts in the aftermarket and supply portable hydraulic testing equipment to a wide range of companies, from SME’s to blue chip companies, with huge machine fleets. Attachment manufacturer, Worsley Plant, is one of Webtec’s customers and they have been working with the company since 2006 when Worsley’s product became more advanced and they had shifted from a crushing business to the hire and sale of crushing buckets. For Worsley Plant, an integral part of the installation is making sure the excavator is set-up correctly for the attachment to do its work. If the excavator isn’t set properly, then the crushing bucket won’t function to specification, and the user is likely to assume that the crushing bucket is at fault. Also, an incorrectly set hydraulic flow can lead to wear or damage to the attachment. Martin said, “Worsley approached us with their vision of the service they wanted to provide their customers. We were able to provide them with a portable test solution and now all Worsley’s sales include commissioning the attachment on the excavator using a Webtec flow tester to test the hydraulics – the machine is then up and ready to work – with no down time and getting the very best performance out of the excavator and attachment. Worsley now have complete satisfaction knowing that their customers’ needs have been met thoroughly – this level of service has set Worsley a cut above the rest!” Webtec has also produced a ‘how to’ video which guides users through the correct installation and set-up of hydraulic attachments such as breakers, hammers and crushers, using the company’s DHM Series
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products going for export, with divisions across Europe, including Germany and France, the United States and East Asia - where Webtec has recently released a Chinese website. Martin said “One of our reasons for joining the CEA was to learn about overseas markets and tap into the association’s vast knowledge of exporting. The CEA have a worldwide understanding of doing business abroad and we have been on a number of trade missions run by Joanna Oliver including to China and India.” Martin added, “The United States is a strong market for us and we have only scratched the surface, it's a vast market. India is also a growing market as is East Asia.”
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hydraulic tester. The new video is being hailed as an important industry guide. The video has been translated into six different languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.
Amazon debut with a practical guide to Hydraulics Webtec has also recognised that hydraulic fluid power as a subject is not something that is taught as standard to modern day engineers. Mechanics and fitters are not hydraulics experts and the older generation of highly experienced hydraulic engineers, who studied the subject in the 1960s, are now retiring and taking their skills with them. “You need to understand your machine to get the very best performance.” Said Martin. “This includes predicting when and how the machine needs maintaining and choosing the right tools for the job – this sounds like it should be basic knowledge – but without understanding how hydraulics work – it really is not. Getting trained in fluid power hydraulic systems with practical competency will go a long way to helping a technician maintain a machine and get the maximum performance out of it.” Martin added, “We have recently completed a book called ‘An Introduction to Practical Hydraulic System Maintenance’, which is being released on 29th October on Amazon. The book, produced in collaboration with leading fluid power trainer Steve Skinner, is a really good starting point for technicians and engineers new to hydraulic fluid power maintenance. The book is split into two parts – the first explains the fundamental principles of a hydraulic system, through the dangers and the consequences if they are not maintained. Part two provides the reader with resources and training schools world-wide where they can get hand-on experience and get the top tips from leading hydraulics experts.” All of the proceeds from the book will be donated to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programs in schools to encourage the next generation of engineers. Martin said, “Like the CEA, we at Webtec are big supporters of the Fluid Power Challenge which is run by Primary Engineer in the UK – the profits from this book will go some way to drive this scheme forward and involve more schools nationwide.”
Global success In addition to being an engineer, Martin also has a very good head for business and Webtec now operates globally - with 80% of the company’s
Webtec also recognises the importance of encouraging young talent in engineering and actively supports Advanced Apprenticeships as well as programmes including the Secondary Engineer Fluid Power Challenge and the Engineering Education Scheme (EES). The company also support the Arkwright Scholarships which act as a beacon to the most talented STEM students in the UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline, in the critical 16 to 18 age range. The Roy Cuthbert Arkwright Scholarship, part of the wider UK Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Scheme, was named after Webtec’s founder and a passionate engineer and entrepreneur who passed away in 2013. Martin commented, “It is so important to nurture the engineering talent that our young people have and schemes such as the Arkwright scholarships help to recognise this home-grown potential which is so crucial to the future of our industry.”
The future Webtec visions moving forward include further growth in export and building new overseas relationships. The company also believes that Big Data and Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance is the future. Martin said, “Predictive maintenance predicts failure and allows the engineer to act before the machine breaks down. This can lead to major cost savings, higher reliability, and the increased availability of the machine. Inevitably, instrumentation for on-board condition monitoring of the hydraulic systems will be a critical component of any predictive maintenance system and we are seeing an increasing number of OEMs requesting these types of products. It’s exciting to be part of this future and as the market changes and companies are prepared to invest in high level service contracts – predictive maintenance is the way forward.” Martin added, “There has been a real change in productivity where machines are often working on back to back shifts and the pressure is on for the machines to be working at their optimum – by transmitting data from the machine to a cloud-based learning system we can learn its behaviour over time and maintain its performance and up time. The automotive market is well ahead of us on predictive maintenance The new CV120 valve – but the construction sector provides a complete solution is now hot on its heels.” ■ to hydraulic motor control
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Equipment sales holding up in an uncertain construction market The CEA’s Paul Lyons looks at the latest reports and statistics for the UK market… Construction equipment sales show 5% growth in the first half of 2018
Overall, the latest equipment sales provide an encouraging position for the industry, against the background of an uncertain construction market, which is anticipated to show flat output, or possibly a small decline this year. The latest forecast for equipment sales in the UK market from Off-Highway Research anticipates a 2% increase in 2018, before showing a small decline in 2019. To put this in to context, the current level of sales in the UK market are at their highest level since the 2007 boom, prior to the market crash. Growth in equipment sales in the first half of the year were driven by telehandlers (+ 17%), crawler excavators (+ 9%) and mini/midi excavators (below 10 tonnes) showing a 5% increase. The latest updates on housebuilding activity suggest growth continued in the first half of the year, and this seems to be continuing to support demand for smaller machines. The latest feedback from the rental industry, which is estimated to account for over 60% of equipment supply, remains positive, with confidence holding amongst the major national companies.
UK exports and imports of construction equipment continue to grow in 2018 Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market grew by nearly 4% in the second quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, according to the UK equipment statistics exchange *. This takes equipment sales in the first half of the year to over 16,000 units, recording growth of 5% compared with the first half of 2017. The graph below shows quarterly sales on an index basis, using Q1 2016 as 100. This illustrates a continuing upward trend in sales, but at a slowing rate of growth this year compared with 2017. The graph also illustrates a very distinctive seasonal pattern of sales across the last 3 years, with Q2 remaining as the peak quarter of demand each year. *The UK construction equipment statistics exchange was taken over by Systematics International Ltd. in 2017. This scheme is run in partnership with the CEA, and allows publication of quarterly bulletins to be issued on equipment sales in the UK market.
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UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued to show strong growth in the first half of 2018, following significant growth in 2017. According to HMRC trade statistics, exports in the first 6 months reached £1,693 million, a 20% increase on the first half of 2017. This suggests UK equipment manufacturers are still benefitting from increasing demand in many of the major overseas export markets. The USA remained the single biggest country destination in the first half of 2018, accounting for 24% of total UK exports. With both UK market sales and export market sales increasing in the first half of the year, it can be expected that UK production of equipment is also still on a rising trend in the first half of the year. This follows very strong growth last year, at 15%, according to machine production figures published by Off-Highway Research. Imports of equipment also showed strong growth in the first half of 2018, which is consistent with increasing levels of equipment sales
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reported for the UK market. Imports reached £914 million in the first half of the year, representing a 14% increase on the same period in 2017. Japan and Germany remained the two single biggest country sources of imports, accounting for 40% of total imports between them.
Will the UK construction market recover in 2019? The latest forecasts from leading industry experts anticipate a relatively flat outturn for construction activity this year. This shows no change on views expressed earlier in the year. However, surveys published in recent months suggest a more positive outlook, and anticipate that there should be some growth in the second half of the year. The Construction Products Association (CPA) Q3 State of Trade Survey suggests a recovery in sales of construction products in Q3, and further growth anticipated in Q4. However, the latest UK construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) published by IHS Markit for September 2018 suggests a slowing rate of growth after hitting a peak in July. The index in September was 52.1, down from the 55.8 level reached in July, which represented a seven month high. The latest survey suggests house building remains the strongest growing sector. The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) published on 15th October, anticipates growth will remain flat in 2018, and rise by only 0.6% in 2019, a downward revision from its previous estimate of 2.3%. During 2018, the two strongest sectors are expected to be infrastructure and private housing, and are forecast to compensate for declines in other sectors. This includes the commercial and industrial sectors, where uncertainty caused by Brexit is having an impact on investment, and is slowing down activities like office development. Similarly, growth for 2019 has been downgraded amid
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signs Brexit uncertainty and on-going delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects continue to weigh on activity. Glenigan published their mid-year forecast for the UK construction market in July. This measures activity in terms of the value of new project starts, and provides a more pessimistic outlook than some of the other forecasts. Glenigan anticipate that 2018 will see a fall of 6% in new projects starts, but at a slowing rate compared with an 8% decline in 2017. The forecast for 2019 is for a further fall of 4% in the value of new project starts. Across the sectors, prospects differ quite significantly, with increasing levels of activity expected this year in civil engineering, health and education. Civil engineering activity is being driven by major projects such as Thames Tideway, Hinckley Point, and HS2. The industrial sector is one of the areas experiencing a decline, due to weakening investment in new manufacturing facilities. However, one area within the industrial sector that is growing is demand for new logistics and warehousing, to meet the growing needs of online retail activity. From a regional perspective, Glenigan are highlighting that growth within the sector is focused outside of London and the South East, with project starts being the strongest in the Midlands and the North of England. (www.glenigan.com) Glenigan’s latest assessment of construction activity is more positive than their mid-year forecast. In the latest monthly Glenigan index for September, new project starts on site remain on a strong upward trend. On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts in the three months to September showed a 12% increase on the three months to June. ■
Shake it up baby now Oscillation compaction is increasingly popular in road construction – World Highways Editor, Mike Woof writes for Construction Worx feature on highways innovation Compaction using oscillation is not new in road construction, having been pioneered by the German firm Hamm over several decades. However, it has taken some time for this technology to become more widely accepted, despite a number of key benefits. Hamm undoubtedly has the widest range of compaction machines offering oscillation on the market. But the firm is now facing increased competition Hamm has in this specialist segment, with other pioneered the oscillatory compaction manufacturers also offering solutions. system over several There are good reasons that oscillation decades is becoming more widely used and a key advantage is that the forces generated by the drum do not travel as far as those generated by a conventional vibration type drum. This is because the compaction forces do not reflect back upwards from base layers, a key issue as it means rollers utilising oscillation can be used in urban areas, without causing a disturbance or risking damage to buildings or underground utilities. Because the forces do not travel, oscillation type compaction also has no effect on sensitive computing equipment or electronics located near the working area. Similarly, oscillation compaction can be used close to historic buildings without risk of damage. An important feature is that the oscillation system allows compaction of asphalt laid on bridge decks. This is because the compaction forces are localised rather than being transmitted, preventing damage to the bridge structure. And the oscillation type compaction also suits use with flexible pavements and thin lifts, ensuring a longer lasting running surface.
BOMAG continues to expand its range of oscillatory compactors
BOMAG is a key player in the compaction market and has been offering oscillation on its compaction machines for some time. The firm is continuing to develop its range and is now offering split drums on its Tango4 oscillating asphalt compactor. The split drum feature on the oscillating drum machine allows the unit to turn tighter corners without damaging the road surface. BOMAG says it has developed these new oscillatory type machines because it is seeing an increase in demand for these rollers. The split drum design further increases the capabilities of the machines by allowing them to operate in urban areas with narrower streets, without risking damaging the newly laid road surface. The machine has the latest development of BOMAG’s Tango system, featuring a direct drive system without drive belts. According to BOMAG, its novel gear-driven system is maintenance free and allows the oscillation system to work on split drums, which was not possible with the firm’s previous drive system. In addition the new rollers have wearresistant drums made of special steel, which are said to allow a service life of 6,000 hours. Caterpillar is also offering different vibratory options including oscillatory vibration with its new CB10. The 10tonne class machine is equipped with vertical vibration in the front drum and oscillatory vibration in the rear drum. For the conventional vibration system on the other drum customers have a choice of systems with dual amplitude, dual frequency, versa vibe, and five amplitude options. The oscillatory system uses a pod-style eccentric weight technology developed by Caterpillar and offers a two year/2000-hour service interval. The novel belt-drive is said to deliver twice the load capacity of timing belt systems.
Caterpillar has developed an oscillation system
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In addition, the machine has Cat’s versa vibe system, which provides a choice of four amplitudes and two frequencies. The machine offers two settings for lighter hitting and higher working speeds on thin lifts as well as two settings for heavier hitting, and slower speeds, on thick lifts or those with difficult mixes. The five-amplitude system offers a wide range of amplitudes with a single frequency, while the two amplitude, two frequency system offers thin lift, thick lift compaction. Other features include a newly designed centre-articulating hitch said to ensure mat contact and a smoother ride over uneven surfaces. An offset hitch option extends coverage up to 170mm for operation next to obstacles such as kerbs and gutters. Power comes from a Cat C4.4 engine rated at 106kW with Eco-mode and automatic speed control. And Volvo CE is now offering a new model that features oscillation for the asphalt compaction market. The firm says that its new DD 105 OSC is first of a new generation of double drum asphalt compactors from the firm that deliver high compaction performance while offering a low fuel consumption.
Volvo CE’s DD 105 compactor is now available with oscillation
Offering oscillation type compaction is a major development for Volvo CE, a package that broadens the firm’s road machinery range. The new DD 105 OSC variant shares the same outer dimensions as the standard model and is fitted with conventional vibration on the front drum and oscillation on the rear. Weighing in at nearly 10tonnes, the machine is a little lighter than the standard machine DD 105, which tips the scales at 10.5tonnes. Both the conventional model and the new OSC variant, have drum widths of 1.68m and drum diameters of 1.22m. Drum frequency for the new machine is 39Hz, with high centrifugal forces claimed and a choice of eight amplitude settings. Both the standard model and the oscillation variant use the same engine, with a power rating of 85kW from the Volvo D3.8 engine fitted and which meets Tier 4 Final emissions requirements. The new machine also has the firm’s latest Compact Assist package, intended to optimise compaction quality and performance. This system is said to allow intelligent compaction, mapping the number of passes, mat temperatures and density values.
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The firm says that its drum vibration system reduces start-up power consumption by 50%, while the eco mode lowers fuel consumption by up to 30% without impacting performance and the engine output adapts to the working requirements, furthering lowering fuel use. The design of the cab has a pillar-less forward view that maximises visibility to the drum edges, as well as the water spraying system and working area. Meanwhile the off-set steering is said to improve the operator’s view of any kerbs and obstructions., further aided by the sliding and rotating seat that allows a better field of view over the mat and drum edges. Other features include and automatic drum water system with triple filtration, providing uniform coverage with variable flow to prevent material pick-up. The automatic drum wetting system also features primary and backup pumps, primary and backup spray bars for each drum, hand serviceable nozzles and drum wipers. The machine is now available for customers in North America and in the emissions regulated areas of the firm’s EMEA sales region. Chinese construction machine manufacturers have also become aware of the need to offer compactors featuring oscillation, not the least because of China’s massive bridge building programme. One of the most recent model introductions has come from XCMG in the shape of its 14tonne class XD143S asphalt compactor, which offers high frequency vibration on its front drum at 67Hz, as well as oscillation on its rear drum. The company claims that it has offered oscillation on previous generation compactors and explains that this is its first to combine oscillation with a high frequency vibration capability. The compactor is equipped with advanced electronic engine and compaction controls to optimise its operation. The firm says that its innovative compaction system and high frequency capability allow it to be used for higher output paving operations as well as suiting it for use with thin lifts, while the oscillation system suits bridge deck compaction or use in urban areas. Power comes from a Deutz diesel rated at 111kW, which meets the China Stage III emissions requirements. For the moment this machine is only being offered for the Chinese market but it will be available for export in due course. It is not yet clear if a Tier 4 Final/Stage IV version will be available for sale in the US and Europe, but given its sophistication and XCMG’s increasing worldwide presence, this remains a possibility. ■
Chinese firm XCMG is offering an oscillatory compactor to the Chinese home market but this model will be offered for export also
Concrete meets current and future road pavement challenges The challenges being faced by the both the national and local road networks call for greater consideration of concrete road pavement options. Joe Quirke, Chairman, Britpave, the British Cementitious Paving Association, writes for Construction Worx and explains what these options are and what benefits they offer current and future road networks. The strategic and local roadworks are facing considerable challenges not least of which are the predicted increases in traffic demands. Traffic on the strategic road network is forecasted to increase by 60% from 2010 to 2040. Meanwhile, urban and local roads carry nearly 80% of all traffic. In addition, there is a greater expectation of roads in terms of whole life costing, long-term performance, minimum maintenance, journey reliability, low noise and high recyclability. There are a number of concrete road pavement solutions to meet these challenges that, although are tried and tested overseas, have yet to have widespread recognition and use in the UK. A new Britpave ‘Guide to Concrete Road Pavements’ has recently been released which hopes to address this by providing details of a range of road pavements that can not only meet the demands being placed on today’s roads but could also provide solutions for the future. The options discussed include Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavements (CRCP), Exposed Aggregate Concrete Surface (EACS) Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC), Groove and Grind and Whitetopping. Whilst all of these have particular features, they share a number of performance benefits such as long-service life of up to 50-years, minimum maintenance, and 100% percent recyclability. In addition, they offer a key benefit to today’s heavily trafficked roads: noise reduction. In the UK, the favoured option to reduce the level of road surface noise has been to apply a thin asphalt surface course. Unfortunately, thin asphalt layers soon need replacing and so do not offer long term performance. EACS has a specific noise reducing texture where the aggregate at the surface is left exposed. This results in random contact between tyre threads and the road surface which reduces traffic noise by up to 3 dBA. This is equivalent to halving the traffic flow. The process has been successfully used on a number of UK roads built over 15 years ago including the M18 in Yorkshire, the M23 near Gatwick and
the A449 in Wales. All report continued noise reduction. Significant noise reduction has also been reported on the A12 Chelmsford Bypass and the A14 in Suffolk where they have been treated with concrete grinding and grooving. Successfully used in the United States for many years the process restores the surface performance of existing concrete roads by using a diamond grinder to cut grooves into the surface. The process is less than half the cost of overlaying the concrete with asphalt. On those treated sections of the A12 and A14 a noise reduction of 4 – 6 dBA and 54% improvement in skid resistance has been reported. A third option is using CRCP which eliminates the need for transverse joints (other than at bridges and other structures) and provides a robust, maintenance free structural base. A thin asphalt layer is usually placed on top but using EACS or grinding and grooving would provide both the skid resistance and noise reduction for considerably longer service life than with an asphalt layer. Long-term performance benefits are not the only issues. The new guide explains how not only can concrete roads be up to 30% cheaper than a fully flexible pavement option but they can also provide much better whole life cost benefits. For a typical 10km dual carriageway after 40 years a fully flexible pavement option, due to resurfacing and reconstruction needs, will be almost 2.5 times more expensive than the EACS option. The Britpave guide examines possible future applications of concrete road pavements. In the future it is predicted that roads will no longer just be a medium to go from one place to another. Instead of being inanimate they will have a number of active infrastructure roles. These could include having integrated transmitter and connectors for easy vehicle battery recharging and internet connection for traffic and road condition updates. Sweden has already opened its first stretch of electrified road that allows lorries to recharge as they drive
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along it. At the University of Houston, Texas, researchers are working on incorporating carbon nanofibre heating elements in concrete roads to melt snow and ice whilst in the Netherlands the world’s first road that can harvest energy from inserted solar panels was opened in 2015 and promised significant potential. Keeping with the Netherlands, researchers have found that concrete pavements that incorporate titanium dioxide reduce nitrogen oxide, one of the main vehicle pollutants, by up to 40%. Meanwhile, in the UK researchers at the universities of Bath, Cardiff and Cambridge are working on a self-healing concrete that uses bacteria to seal cracks to further reduce maintenance and improve structural service life. Concrete road pavements offer considerable number of longterm benefits that can help address the performance and financial challenges being faced by the national and local road networks. They already offer better first cost and whole life cost options. Future developments could see them earning their keep. GOMACO International is founder member of Britpave and Rory Keogh is a council member of the association and also Managing
Director of GOMACO, Rory commented; “Concrete overlays – or Whitetopping – is now a widely accepted rehabilitation option for both existing concrete and asphalt roads and Motorways. The goal of building long lasting and cost-effective highways, roads, airfields, ports, slab track and intermodal facilities is achievable now. Proper design, detailed specifications, high quality materials and best construction practices are required to achieve this goal. Innovations in materials, processes and equipment tend to drive costs down, sometimes dramatically.” Rory concluded, “The most economical design is not generally the lowest initial construction cost due to future costs for maintenance and rehabilitation. New and improved methods to design and construct concrete pavements and structures assure our mutual success in achieving this common goal.” ■ For a free download of ‘A Guide to Concrete Road Pavements’ visit the publications section of www.britpave.org.uk
Highway to success GOMACO is a Worldwide leader in Concrete Paving Technology – Construction Worx talks to Concrete Foundations Inc, based in Iowa, USA about the company’s relationship with GOMACO and why its machinery are the company’s tools of choice. Concrete overlays – or Whitetopping - have a long history with proven success in the USA. Two counties in Iowa, GOMACO’s home town, have led the way. In the past three years Mitchel and Worth have put down approximately 241 km of 102 mm concrete overlay. Concrete Foundations Inc (CFI) also based in Iowa, has slipformed almost 80 km of the counties' overlays, including 51.5 km near the town of Osage. CFI has slipformed most of the overlays with their GOMACO twotrack GP-2600 slipform paver. This season, the company added Leica Geosystems 3D and a new GOMACO four-track GHP-2800 slipform paver to their inventory. Both were put to work on the project near Osage. Tom Schmitt, General Manager for CFI, said, "I think you have to spend the money and keep up with the industry otherwise you're going to fall behind and you're going to fall behind quickly." Tom added, "That was part of the reason we wanted the stringless system. The second reason was rideability. This project isn't a smoothness job, but we have ones that are and we wanted something to handle Iowa's zero-blanking band requirement for rideability. The switch from stringline to stringless and from the two-track GP-2600 to four-track GHP-2800 went flawlessly.” "At first our operators were wary of the new stringless system and when I told our mainline paving operator we had purchased it for our pavers, the first thing he said was, ' I'm not very good on computers. I don't like them.' I reassured him that I didn't think he would have any problems. Within a day and a half, we were all comfortable with it. If you understand paving, profiles and grades, you'll understand stringless paving. It's almost like riding a bike, once you learn it, you don't forget it." The new unbonded concrete overlay is 6.7 m wide. Concrete is placed
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Further down the Road Construction Worx takes a look at a few of the innovative products that help construct and illuminate the highways both in the UK and overseas. directly on the existing asphalt surface of the roadway. The surface only has to be swept clean before the C3WRC20, two aggregate mix is dumped on it. Concrete slump averages 13 to 38 mm. "We hire a survey company to build the project profile for our stringless," Schmitt explained. "They give us a good, smooth profile that we load into the computer. After that, we only have to turn the paver on, hit start and run. Stringless has really simplified things. We don't have to worry about stringline anymore and all the things that can happen to it... guys tripping on the line, trucks backing over the line, guys eyeballing the line for accuracy." CFI has seen increased production with fewer men needed for stringline maintenance and setup. Five labourers who normally worked with the stringline are now used elsewhere during the paving process. The lack of stringline also allows them to focus more on quality and production rather than stringline maintenance. "We started out with the Leica on our GP-2600 and actually increased our production by 1000 feet (305 m), paving close to 6000 feet (1829 m) per day," Schmitt said. "Then, when we started up with the GHP-2800, production increased to 6600 feet (2012 m) of paving per day, with our best day reaching 8400 feet (2560 m) in an 11-hour shift." They also noticed areas where the quality of their pavement could be improved, for instance on their shoulders. A subcontractor built the 51.5 km of shoulder on the overlay project. When the shoulder is weak and trackline a little soft, the profilometer is showing minor deviations in the trace. "Trackline is a huge variable," Schmitt said. "Once we get onto a hard grade where the trackline is good, our readings are virtually flat. Our four-track machine handles the variables in the trackline a lot better, too." The GOMACO GHP-2800 is pulling burlap for a burlap drag finish behind the paver. Finishers work behind the paver with bull floats before a texture/cure machine applies a longitudinal tine and white spray cure. The switch to stringless has been a great decision for CFI, and one without regrets. "I guess if we had known it was this easy, we would have switched to stringless a couple of years ago," Schmitt said. "I think at first everybody was a little apprehensive, but now they wouldn't ever go back to stringline if they didn't have to. The guys are comfortable with the Leica system and the GHP-2800 and GOMACO has done a really good job of providing support for both." ■
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TCP’s Ecolite LED Hydrogen Fuel Cell Lighting Tower has been specially designed to use HYMERA® from BOC, A Member of The Linde Group. This hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity from the reaction between hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen: the only emission is water vapour. The process is virtually silent, making it an ideal solution when complying with the section 61 noise pollution act which is ideal for working on public roads – particularly night work in residential areas. The system also help prevents unnecessary light pollution through its use of Prismatic Lens technology. TCP’s Ecolite TH2 CCTV features combined power options, utilising both fuel cell HYMERA® technology and the provision for an external 110/240v supply input. This surveillance solution features either a HD 360º high definition PTZ camera (pan, tilt and zoom), or four fixed camera system, both are fitted to a 9-meter hydraulic mast. This enables 24/7 monitoring for out of hours security, assisted by PIR motion TCP’s Ecolite TH2 CCTV
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The ARX45 is the heaviest tandem roller in Ammann’s compact line detectors to give advanced warning of unauthorised intruders. The ARX45 is the heaviest tandem roller in Ammann’s compact line – supplied by A&Y. Its weight of 4,650 kg along with double-drive and double-vibration as standard, means compaction outputs of 55 kN are reached. The ARX45 still has the benefits of the ARX compact machines and can therefore work flush against curbs and other objects. The special Ammann electric drive lever allows for smooth start and stopping, making this roller great for work with asphalt amongst other surfaces. Further operator benefits include the rubber mounted platform, which has very low vibration levels, as well as a user-friendly dashboard. Road Widener LLC, a road construction company specializing in skid steer attachments for state and municipal highway departments, road contractors and landscapers, announces the release of their new Road Widener model, FH-R. The FH-R model provides remote control convenience, with all controls in the hands of the operator. From shouldering to trench backfilling, the FH-R is for road contractors, DOTs, airports and municipalities, to name a few. The Road Widener FH-R skid steer attachment will let you reduce your operating costs for road work, other shouldering, trench work and landscaping.
Morris Site Machinery has recently launched six new products meeting industry needs for reliable lighting solutions both onsite and on road highways. The latest of the SMC lighting innovation is the SL80 Pallet, developed to provide the market with a static eight metre mast lighting tower. The Pallet is a highly transportable and compact option, enabling 22 units to be loaded onto a trailer. The TL55 Battery light, a fully battery-operated tower, was developed to meet increasing demand for silent non-combustion solutions and has broadened the company’s extensive tower light portfolio. The innovative lighting tower has a run time of up to 500 hours due to its auto-dimming lamp heads using PIR sensors. The robust and revolutionary Halo lamp, a powerful, anti-glare next generation lamp, continues to win fans with its virtually indestructible casing and soft diffused light. The success has prompted the introduction of a 600 watt version and 300 watt single segment lamp head. The new TL60 family of lights are small in size but big on impact. The highly compact, portable and powerful TL60 Trolley light with 4 x 320W LEDs has been developed to be handled by a single operator with 30 units fitting on a trailer. It is also available on a skid or as a road tow option. ■
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Brexit Briefing Brexit is an ever shifting target and policy seems to change almost daily. The UK government has released a series of technical notices to businesses in order that they can prepare for the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit. The CEA highlights the notices affecting your business. It should be noted that the UK government stresses that these notices are for contingency planning only, as it remains confident that a withdrawal agreement will be reached. Four of these notices concern areas of regulatory compliance that will, to a greater or lesser extent, affect construction equipment manufacturers. These notices are summarised below:
Conformity Assessment Procedures In the event of a no-deal Brexit, for a time-limited period, the UK will continue to accept products that meet existing EU regulations. No retesting or re-marking will be required. However, a new UK conformity mark will eventually be implemented, which manufacturers will need to use in the UK market. Products that rely on a conformity assessment procedure currently conducted by a notified body (UK or EU27) will eventually need to be re-assessed by a newly established UK approval body. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trading-goodsregulated-under-the-new-approach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/tradinggoods-regulated-under-the-new-approach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
Authorised Representatives In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will initially continue to recognise existing authorised representatives that are based in the EU27. However, after a time limited period, manufacturers that rely on the services of an authorised representative will need to appoint a UK based authorised representative to perform these services in order to allow continued access to the UK market. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trading-goodsregulated-under-the-new-approach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/tradinggoods-regulated-under-the-new-approach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
Engine Type-Approvals In the event of a no deal Brexit, a new UK type-approval will be required in order to place engines on the UK market. Phase 1 of the scheme will open very shortly. This allows existing EU type-approvals to be converted to a provisional UK type-approval. Approvals will need to be converted even where the original was granted by the UK’s VCA. No re-labelling will be required. Eventually, phase 2 will be implemented and this will require that provisional approvals are converted to full UK approvals. No additional certification testing is envisaged in either phase of the scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vehicle-type-approvalif-theres-no-brexit-deal/vehicle-type-approval-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
REACH Registrations For companies that hold current ECHA registrations, these will automatically be transferred to a new UK register. Companies will initially have to validate these transferred registrations and then eventually submit the full data package to the UK authority. For companies without registrations but who currently import chemicals to the UK from the EEA, the UK government will provide those companies with notifications that will allow them to continue to import. Within a short time period basic details of chemicals will have to be reported, followed later by a full registration process. The information provided in these technical notices is far from complete but they do provide some level of clarification of the UK’s position in the event of a no-deal Brexit. As soon as any further details are released they’ll be shared on the CEA’s Brexit Portal and with members of the General Technical Committee. In the meantime, the CEA’s Senior Technical Consultant, Dale Camsell, is available to answer your questions and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org ■
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Attachments are a big draw for visitors to Plantworx The CEA’s Plantworx Construction Exhibition demonstration areas are selling out fast as manufacturers gear up for putting machines through their paces in front of Plantworx visitors at the shows new home at the East of England Arena, Peterborough (11-13 June 2019). The sales team has confirmed that demo space is over 80% sold. Visitors can put themselves in the driving seat at Plantworx as many exhibitors will encourage visitors, who present the correct operator’s licence, to try the kit first hand in one of the many demonstration areas. Following a recent Twitter poll, it was revealed that machine 'attachments' were 'top of the list' in terms of must see exhibits at the show. Plantworx can confirm that a number of leading attachment manufacturers have already committed to exhibit and many of these companies will be demonstrating or will have their attachments on excavators on stands around the showground. A strong focus will be on promoting the correct selection and use of attachments and instrumentation to carry out different tasks more much efficiently. New innovations in attachment technology will also be demonstrated by leading manufacturers. From augers to buckets, from quick hitches, tilt-rotators to rakes, blades and grabs, there will be an attachment for every application at the show - all designed to boost productivity and efficiency. Amongst the confirmed exhibitors are Arrowhead Rockdrill, Auger Torque, BSP Digbits, Engcon, Hill Engineering, Rototilt and Steelwrist. The Twitter poll results put new technology as the next most important on the list with 28% of the voters wanting to see Virtual Reality Training. This was closely followed by Machine Guidance Systems with 25% of the votes, and 18% wanted to see Alternative Fuel Machines. Rob Oliver CEO, CEA confirmed there will be a strong focus on Innovation and Technology at Plantworx, he said, “The digitalisation of
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the construction sector is gaining pace - Plantworx offers the perfect showcase to help match the technology with its acceptance by the marketplace." Plantworx is also planning a VR Simulator Zone - where visitors can experience virtual reality training programmes on a variety of different machines. Many big construction firms are adopting use of VR technology to improve site safety and improve site safety. The full story will be in the Winter issue of Construction Worx. Machine Guidance is another area that the show is planning on expanding - this area is already well represented with companies such as GKD Technologies, RDS Technology, Trimble and Moba Mobile Automation. Plantworx 2019 will also feature a rail element with new partners Rail Media. Rail companies booked for the event include Fenix Signalling who will also be demonstrating, Premier Rail and Rosehill Rail. Lighting tower manufacturer TCP (Taylor Construction Plant) has also confirmed its stand space at Railworx. Put the 11th, 12th, 13th June 2019 in your diary and we look forward to welcoming you all to East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough for PLANTWORX and RAILWORX. ■ Contact Angela Spink for more details on PLANTWORX angela. email@example.com and for RAILWORX contact Jolene Price firstname.lastname@example.org. www.plantworx.co.uk
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That Winning Feeling Plantworx Innovation Awards 2019, held in association with Railworx – submissions invited Winning an award can have incredible benefits for a company and the value and impact can be far reaching, by enhancing brand profile and recognition, which in turn could lead to an increase in sales and improved competitiveness. There’s also tremendous PR value in winning as award, with additional press coverage and free publicity opportunities, both internally and externally. An award win can also boost staff morale creating a real ‘buzz’ - not forgetting the networking opportunities at the award ceremony where there are good prospects of meeting potential new customers and industry influencers! The Plantworx Innovation Awards ticks all of these boxes and more - as the winners will also have the opportunity to showcase their winning product at the event in front of thousands of visitors and business leaders. So, what are you waiting for? Once again, there are specific innovation award categories which include Environmental, Security, Safety, Engineering and Efficiency. In addition, for 2019 the Plantworx and Railworx team have added three new categories to increase the opportunities for all companies exhibiting at the show.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: The deadline for entries is Friday 22nd February 2019 and the winners will be invited to a ‘Black Tie’ awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 21st March 2019 at Plantworx and Railworx new home at the East of England Arena and Showground in Peterborough – save the date!
CEA Industry and Awards Dinner organiser, Joanna Oliver MBE, said, “The CEA is very pleased to be hosting the Plantworx Innovation Awards during their annual industry dinner on 21st March. The dinner draws high level guests from major OEMs and the construction equipment supply chain, as well as end users of equipment, putting Innovation Awards winners in front of potential customers. Award nominees and winners will also be able to attend the CEA’s conference during the day before donning black tie and hoping to scoop the top prize. A celebrity speaker will be on hand to present the awards.”
The first is the Digital Innovation category. Digital technology is taking over every aspect of the industry, whether it be automation, control, data collection, planning or operations. This award is open to all innovative developments that use digital technology to improve any aspect of performance, efficiency or safety. Reliability Innovation is the second new category. Reliability is no longer an aspiration, it is expected as machinery of all types have to perform better, for longer, and perform trouble-free. Any innovation that contributes to the reliability of all types of equipment, from single machines to entire systems, is eligible for this award. The final award is the ‘People’s Choice’– this award is where the public will be invited to vote for their favourite nominee using an online voting platform. All entries, except for the Skills & Training category, must be new to market within the last year, leading up to Plantworx 2019. Entries are invited from all Plantworx and Railworx exhibitors. In the first instance exhibitors are invited to contact Louise Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org for an awards entry criteria – there is a new website under construction for uploading digital entries – details coming soon! ■
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All Routes Lead to STEM The CEA focus on inspiring Young Engineers once again at the Plantworx 2019 construction machinery exhibition… The CEA and the Plantworx event have been supporting the Primary and Secondary Engineer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme since 2017, when the inaugural collaborative ‘celebration’ event took place at the show. Schools in the Leicestershire area made the journey to the exhibition to present their projects to supporting CEA members and Plantworx exhibitors, who came together as judges for the day’s proceedings. Earlier this year the CEA, several member companies and Plantworx supported the scheme for a second year offering sponsorship, training and support to schools in the Coventry area. The ‘celebration’ event was hosted by local robotics company FANUC UK, based in Ansty Park, Coventry, during the last week of the school term in July. Pupils aged between eight and ten, from local schools including, The Dassett C of E Primary School, Southam, and Wheelwright Lane Primary School, Coventry, were invited to FANUC’s showroom where they demonstrated vehicles they had constructed with the help of their teachers and engineers at Primary Engineer. The vehicles were judged on aspects such as research, design, material elements, quality of build, distance and accuracy of travel. Amongst the judges were Nick Ground, CEO of sponsor company GKD Technologies alongside GKD marketing director Nigel Baseley. Rob Oliver, CEO CEA, Nylacast’s sales and marketing manager Junaid Makda, alongside Nylacast apprentices, David Farrar managing director TriMark Europe and managing director BSP International Foundations, David Redhead – all were sponsoring companies. Other sponsors included Perkins, Mecalac, Datatag and Gomaco. The winners received medals and certificates from CEA’s chief executive Rob Oliver and FANUC UK’s sales and marketing manager, Andrew Armstrong. Dale Hawkins from UK Plant Operators also brought a machine simulator along to the event – much to the delight of the children who got the opportunity to operate a dump truck on a virtual building site. School teacher Rachel Williams is the Science Lead at The Dassett Primary School – commenting on the Primary Engineer programme, she said, “Events such as this one provides the children with much-needed experience of what engineering and manufacturing means today. Once I attended the training event we decided to take this on as a whole school project. We ran this as a complete science week with all children from KS1 & KS2 taking part. Each of the children made their
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own model at no cost to them. We funded this through holding a science fair for the community. Parents also attended workshops with their child.” Mrs Williams concluded, “This has been an excellent project for us and its impact has been far reaching. Attending the celebration event has been very beneficial – a day to remember! The children were also enthralled by the simulator machine – what a thoughtful and useful addition to the day. We have one young boy in our class who struggles with literacy – he enjoyed making the model and was so engaged with the entire project – but to also get to operate a machine on a simulator was the icing on the cake for him. We will be including this in the curriculum in the next school year.” Laura Frankham, events account manager at Primary Engineer, says: “Events like this one encourage children to gain more of an understanding of what it means to be an engineer. By working with parents, teachers and children, our goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers through practical, fun and collaborative programmes. We are delighted that CEA and Plantworx are on board again for the 2019 event.” The wheels are in motion for Primary Engineer to attend Plantworx 2019 at the East of England Arena and Showground in Peterborough (Thursday 13th June). The CEA is delighted to be supporting this event with additional backing from Railworx. CEA and Plantworx has pledged to fund more than 15 Primary and Secondary schools for the 2018/19 Academic Year in the Peterborough area with the addition of the kit packs for previously trained Leicester and Coventry Schools – so they too can take part in the programme once again. There are sponsorship opportunities available for this years’ CEA and Primary Engineer project and the CEA would be delighted if CEA Members and associated companies would like to be involved. Sponsorship is just £800 to support teacher training and materials. All companies involved will be offered publicity opportunities both online, in-print and will be invited to be part of the judging panel at the ‘Celebration Event’. ■ For more information, please contact Louise Murphy on +44 (0)7730 617258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Driving the skills debate Experts from across the construction and transport sectors will attend next year’s Plantworx exhibition to discuss how they can work better together to meet the demand for engineering and professional skills. A skills conference will be held in the Indoor Arena on the final day of the exhibition, which is taking place at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, from 11-13 June 2019. The conference will be supported by expert speakers from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England. Railworx, a new area dedicated to rail civils innovation and technology, will run alongside the 2019 Plantworx exhibition, highlighting the current high level of rail infrastructure investment in the UK. In 2015, a piece of industry-led research* suggested that if the rail sector’s skills gap wasn’t addressed it could potentially cost the British economy more than £1 billion a year by 2034 through delayed or cancelled rail investment. Both the rail and construction sectors are looking to address skills shortages within their respective sectors. The labour demand for HS2 will put additional pressure on both. The HS2 Skills, Employment and Education Strategy** has estimated that around 30,000 people will be required during peak construction in 2021/22 on Phase One and Phase 2a of the project between London, Birmingham and Crewe. HS2 also estimates that an additional 7,200 engineering and technical workers will be needed in high-speed rail by 2020. Network Rail’s group HR director, Alison Rumsey, and the chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), Clair Mowbray, will discuss the challenges facing rail and consider what measures businesses can take to attract new talent to the sector. Day three of Plantworx 2019 will also welcome the return of Student Day, where Plantworx and Railworx will invite children from the surrounding area to visit the show to gain an insight into the exciting opportunities that exist within the construction and rail sectors. The show will also host Primary Engineer once again - an exciting STEM
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Machine safety within the construction industry Rigorous health and safety regulations present an opportunity for real innovation within the machine safety and guidance product arena. Construction Worx talks to James Fisher Prolec General Manager, Nigel Shaw about the changing face of safety in the construction equipment sector. Current risks posed within the construction industry Many construction workers are killed or seriously injured in construction accidents every year, with more than one in five work related deaths being attributed to the construction industry*. Clearly, construction sites continue to represent a significant safety concern, especially with heavy plant machinery constantly moving across sites. Without correct measures in place, pedestrians on-site may be struck or trapped by machinery, leading to serious injury of workers and, consequently, non-productive time on-site. Combined with these very real concerns, increasingly stringent health and safety regulations are regularly being introduced and enforced, meaning health and safety managers have a responsibility to ensure any construction equipment is compliant to relevant standards. As a result, the industry is experiencing an increasing investment into machine guidance and control solutions; products that enable operators to work more safely and efficiently, protecting the people who work within the industry and mitigating the risks associated with construction work.
The growing need for smart and compliant safety solutions Machine guidance and machine safety solutions allow operators to physically limit a machine from approaching pre-defined areas, ensuring the machine remains safe during operations at all times. By limiting the working envelope of a machine, hazards can be avoided, and people can be kept safe. Height, slew and reach limiting solutions all provide the ability to work more safely in a given situation but the industry is witnessing a growing requirement for safety solutions which can offer more than ‘simple’ limiting, as projects require highly configurable solutions which offer many benefits to the user, from simple angular slew to more complex “virtual wall” control and incorporating supervisor control on setting limits or failsafe options.
Advancing machine safety: innovation in practice While the current industry-leading machine envelope control system is proven to increase safety and efficiency by allowing operators to set height, reach and slew limitations, these limitations are set for a static machine. The future of machine safety is in systems which keep a machine protected, wherever it moves and operates. James Fisher Prolec has developed its innovative PMX solution,
Advanced machine monitoring and big data analytics will ensure assets are protected at all times which utilises GPS and total station theodolite (TST) technology to automatically update limit settings based on position, as a direct response to this requirement. Now, the location of hazards can be identified and the machine’s location and proximity to them can be continuously monitored, while simultaneously calculating the necessary movement restriction based on the geometry of the machine to create a safe working envelope, which is automatically re-established relative to its moving location. Nigel Shaw commented, “Truly innovative technology within the industry is moving away from simple limitation and has developed into a sophisticated suite of products which can significantly improve safety and efficiency by automatically setting height, reach and slew limits with minimal operator involvement, eliminating the risk of human error and addressing the industry demand for more intelligent control.”
The future of machine safety Nigel added, “Machine safety within the construction industry has, in some ways, been stunted by a lack of investment into the technology, despite the clear benefits delivered in terms of efficiency and safety. There is an opportunity to better protect people and to eliminate risks which is why companies like James Fisher Prolec, who are able to invest heavily into research and development, will be instrumental in driving this future.” “The future of machine safety exists in automation, virtualisation and remote control; allowing machinery to be operated and projects to be completed without bringing people into dangerous environments. Advanced machine monitoring and big data analytics will ensure assets are protected at all times and construction sites are run in the safest and most efficient way possible. PMX from James Fisher Prolec represents the first advancement towards this future.” Concluded Nigel * https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/construction-fatalities2016/17-full-breakdown/10021410.article ■
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Renewed focus on rescue plans for MEWPs at height Preparing for the worst is a key part of safe working at height. Becoming stranded at height is not common, but you should plan for it and develop a suitable rescue plan. This plan needs to be developed with the personnel working at height, advises Andrew Delahunt, IPAF Technical & Safety Director. Falls from height are a leading cause of workplace fatality in the construction industry today. Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) are widely acknowledged as a safe means to conduct temporary work at height, provided work is properly planned and supervised and that operators are trained and correctly familiarised on the machine they are using. IPAF’s 2018 global safety campaign is focused on preventing falls from the MEWP platform by ensuring all works are properly planned, risks are identified, and a rescue plan is in place. Exiting at height, even if stranded, is a dangerous action that can place the platform occupant at unnecessary risk, and this is emphasised in the Plan Ahead for Safety campaign. In any operation there is a risk that a worker can become stranded at height and, while this is not a common occurrence, this should be considered during the planning process. In the event that a machine stops functioning and the platform occupants become stranded, it is unlikely that the MEWP occupants are in immediate danger. Though it may be a disconcerting experience, it is important to ensure that they are brought to the ground safely, and in accordance with the rescue plan. Every safe system of work and risk assessment should include a rescue plan, which identifies who should be notified, who is responsible and how the platform can be safely lowered if something unexpected occurs and occupants are stranded at height. The rescue plan should be developed with all those involved in working at height and other appropriate individuals on the work site. This rescue plan should then be rehearsed before operation begins so that all are familiar with the plan. It is worth being aware of the requirements in BS8460:2017 which is the UK code of practice for the safe use of MEWPs. This standard stipulates that a rescue plan must be formulated before operation. IPAF and the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group have developed a rescue hierarchy to help those planning MEWP operations and developing rescue plans. This identifies the different rescue methods available and when each method should be used. The fundamental approach is to minimise the risk for the platform occupants by using the existing ground controls and/or auxiliary systems to lower the platform. It may be safer to remain in the platform at height until service support arrives, rather than attempt mid-air rescues. Undertaking basket to basket transfers into another machine platform, or a rope descent from the MEWP should be considered a last resort, only to be used when remaining in the platform is deemed unsafe.
Note that any rescue activity may expose the platform occupants to significant hazards – including contact with powerlines, contact with structures, insufficient training in MEWP use and rescue methods, poor visibility during platform movement etc. Remember that MEWPs are supplied with ground controls to lower the platform if the operator is incapacitated, or if the machine no longer functions from the platform. A ground rescue person must be selected prior to operations and is responsible to lower the platform if necessary. This person should be familiar with the MEWP and the use of the ground controls and be ready to conduct a rescue if necessary. To assist the managers developing site plans and Safe Systems of Work, IPAF has updated the MEWPs for Managers training programme with additional information on how to devise an appropriate rescue plan. The new MEWPs for Managers course includes detailed video excerpts that run through some recommended rescue options in various typical scenarios. Andy Access safety posters can also be used to remind employees and managers to plan for safety, and to avoid risky behaviours such as exiting at height or attempting to climb out of the platform. ■ For more information on IPAF’s Plan Ahead for Safety Campaign and other technical guidance and safety messages visit www.ipaf.org/safe
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Darchem Engineering Ltd www.darchem.co.uk Dawson Construction Plant Ltd www.dcpuk.com Deutz AG – UK & Ireland www.deutzuk.co.uk Digbits Ltd www.digbits.co.uk Doosan International UK Ltd www.doosanequipment.eu Echo Barrier Ltd www.echobarrier.com elobau UK Ltd www.elobau.com Eminox Ltd www.eminox.com Engcon Ltd www.engcon.com Enigma Telematics www.enigmatelematics.com Fablink UK Ltd www.fablink.co.uk Feather Diesel Services Ltd www.feather-diesel.co.uk Fozmula Ltd www.fozmula.com Friction Marketing Co Ltd www.frictionmarketing.co.uk FuelActive Ltd www.fuelactive.com G&M Radiator Manufacturing Co Ltd www.gm-radiator.com Garden & Hire Spares Ltd www.ghsuk.co Gate7 Ltd www.gate7.co.uk Geith International Ltd www.geith.com Giant Crushing Ltd www.giantcrusher.com GKD Technik Ltd www.gkdtechnik.com Gomaco International Ltd www.gomaco.com Gordon Equipments Ltd (Durite) www.durite.co.uk Hanix Europe Ltd www.hanixeurope.com Hewitt Robins International Ltd www.hewittrobins.com Hill Engineering Ltd www.hillattach.com Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV www.hcme.com Holmbury Ltd Holmbury.com Husco International Ltd www.huscointl.com Hydreco Hydraulics Ltd www.hydreco.com Hydrema (UK) Ltd www.hydrema.co.uk Hydrema Denmark A/S www.hydrema.com HYTORC Industrial Bolting Systems hytorc.com Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe UK www.hyundai.eu
Infor www.infor.com James Fisher Prolec www.prolec.co.uk JCB Sales Ltd www.jcb.co.uk John Deere, Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division www.deere.com Kay-Dee Engineering Plastics Ltd www.kaylan.co.uk KHL Group www.khl.com Knibb, Gormezano and Partners www.kgpauto.com Kocurek Excavators Ltd www.kocurek.com Komatsu UK Ltd www.komatsu.com Kubota UK Ltd www.kubota.co.uk Leica Geosystems Ltd www.leica-geosystems.co.uk Linde Hydraulics Ltd www.lindehydraulics.co.uk LiuGong Machinery Europe www.liugong-europe.com Manitou UK Ltd www.uk.manitou.com McCloskey International Ltd www.mccloskeyinternational.com Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd www.mecalac.com Merlo UK Ltd www.merlo.co.uk Milsco Manufacturing Ltd www.milsco.com Molson Equipment Services Ltd www.molsongroup.co.uk Morris Site Machinery Ltd www.morrismachinery.co.uk MP Filtri UK Ltd www.mpfiltri.co.uk NC Engineering www.nc-engineering.com Nylacast Ltd www.nylacast.com/construction Off-Highway Research Ltd www.offhighway.co.uk OnGrade Ltd www.ongrade.com PEI-Genesis www.peigenesis.com Perkins Engine Co Ltd www.perkins.com Phoenix Engineering Co Ltd www.phoenixeng.co.uk Rayco-Wylie Systems www.raycowylie.com Red Dot Europe Ltd www.reddoteurope.com Red Rhino Crushers (UK) Ltd www.redrhinocrushers.com Ricardo plc www.ricardo.com Rima UK Ltd www.rima-uk.com Road Widener LLC www.roadwidenerllc.com Route One Publishing Ltd www.ropl.com
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RSP UK Suction Excavators Ltd www.rsp-uk.co.uk Rubbernek Fittings Ltd www.rubbernek.co.uk Sandhills East www.resaleweekly.com Sandvik Construction www.construction.sandvik.com Screen Services (NE) Ltd www.screenservices.co.uk Selwood Ltd www.selwood.co.uk Sevcon Ltd www.sevcon.com SKM Asset Finance Ltd www.skmassetfinance.co.uk SMT GB www.volvoce.com Southco Manufacturing Ltd www.southco.com Steelwrist UK Ltd www.agcon.co.uk Strickland MFG Ltd www.stricklanduk.com Syncron UK Ltd www.syncron.com Takeuchi MFG (UK) Ltd www.takeuchi-mfg.co.uk Tata Steel Europe Ltd www.tatasteeleurope.com Taylor Construction Plant www.tcp.eu.com Technical Services (UK) Ltd www.technical-services.co.uk Telestack Ltd www.telestack.com TeletracNavman (UK) Ltd www.teletracnavman.com Terex Materials Processing www.terex.com/en/materialsprocessing/ Terex Trucks www.terextrucks.com Thwaites Ltd www.thwaitesdumpers.co.uk TJC Sales Ltd www.tjcplant.co.uk Topcon Technology Ltd www.topconpositioning.com Total UK Ltd – Lubricants Division www.total.co.uk Towergate Insurance www.towergateinsurance.co.uk TriMark Europe Ltd www.trimarkeu.com Tufftruk Ltd www.trufftruk.com Webster Technologies Ltd www.websterequipment.com Webtec Products Ltd www.webtec.co.uk Weston Body Hardware www.westonbodyhardware.com Wheelwash Ltd www.wheelwash.com Winget Ltd www.winget.co.uk WWL ALS Ltd www.abnormal-loads.com
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Safety doesn't happen by accident Construction sites are notoriously high-risk environments for site workers. It's vital that health and safety guidelines are closely followed to reduce the chance of injury and protect the lives of site personnel. Safety legislation is evolving at a fast pace to safe-guard employees from the potential hazards whilst working within a construction environment. Construction Worx looks at some of the options available to protect personnel working in a construction environment. The latest range of Hyundai excavators include an optional new state-of the-art Advanced Around View Monitoring (AAVM) Camera System, which offers the ultimate in safety for operators and site personnel. This technology allows the operator to secure a field of vision in all directions around his/her machine. The system has four cameras which work in collaboration with the controller and produces a 360° image of the working range around the machine. It secures a field of vision in all directions with nine different viewing options including 3D bird’s eye view and 2D/4CH using touch screen technology. Hyundai’s camera system also incorporates IMOD (Intelligent Moving Object Detection) which informs the operator when people or dangerous objects are detected within a 16.5ft or 5metre radius of the machine, offering the operator hi-precision control over the machine and its surroundings. The operator can select different views – not only a bird’s eye view – it can show you where your counter weight would be turning and show the circle around the base of the machine and many different angles by just touching the viewing icon on the monitor. In order to provide additional support for employees who may be at risk, tracking specialist AMI Group offer a state-of-the-art tracking device which provides personal protection for lone workers. AMI’s new Guardian Lone Worker tracking system is smaller than a standard car key fob and can be easily carried, placed on a lanyard or put on a keyring. Incorporating highly advanced GPS tracking, Guardian Lone Worker enables employers to maintain contact with their employees at all times, and also allows workers to raise an SOS alarm in the event of an emergency. It is ideal for use by employees who work in dangerous or
isolated areas, or who are placed in high risk situations. The device is suitable for use across a range of sectors, including construction, agriculture and forestry, health and social care, retail as well as anyone working in remote locations. Guardian Lone Worker can help organisations meet their legal obligations as the law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone. Procedures must be put in place to monitor lone workers as effective means of communication are essential. GKD Technologies has recently upgraded its GKD 2RCi rated capacity load indicator, which is designed to be retrofitted onto hydraulic backhoe 360° excavators. The indicator increases safety during lifting operations. The 2RCi is a flexible safety system which in its basic form is a simple load indicator – but can easily be configured to incorporate height and slew monitoring. The 2RCi is also available with intelligent motion cut facilities to control the safe movement of height, slew and or load. In response to changing requirements, especially for Highway construction, this latest version offers the option of a ‘Virtual Wall’ function. The virtual wall or envelope control function can be programmed to the safe parameters of the machine’s required working area, working in conjunction with the slew and height control – this prevents the excavators boom operating outside its safe-zone. This function increases the usability of the machine and allows for optimization of the ‘working area’. The optional intelligent motion-cut, if installed, will stop the machine and only allow safe movement. In addition to the rated capacity indicator functions and the virtual wall, the 2RCI provides added benefits to the user, with digging depth indication, which helps to reduce over-digging of trenches. Height limiting also allows the operator to operate in restricted headroom areas. ■
Hyundai’s AAVM Camera System produces a 360° image of the working range around the machine
AMI’s new Guardian Lone Worker tracking system is ideal for use by employees who work in dangerous or isolated areas
GKD 2RCi rated capacity load indicator increases safety during lifting operations
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Thousands of businesses like yours have increased their sales, growth and stability by selling overseas. Explore the potential of exporting with guidance, services and support from the Department for International Trade. Anya Novak is one of the team of International Trade Advisers at the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the East Midlands whose mission it is to help support construction companies with their export plans. The Department is excited to announce that we will be taking a Midlands Engine organised mission to BAUMA MUNICH, (8th-14th April 2019) the world’s largest construction exhibition, alongside the Construction Equipment Association for companies located in the East and West Midlands. Full details are to be released shortly.
Can you answer yes to any of the below questions? 1. Are you new to export? 2. Are you new to the German market? 3. Are you keen to exhibit your product/service overseas but are not sure if Bauma is the right show for you? 4. Are you one of the 1000+ companies who are on the show’s waiting list for a booth? Well, the DIT can help; being a delegate on our mission will allow you to visit the show and get a feel for it, hear from the British companies present about how to go about exhibiting and learn from Joanna Oliver MBE about the benefits of showing under the British banner. A small grant may also be available to offset visit costs (subject to availability and eligibility). Participants will be able to get a better idea of market opportunities, raise their profile and meet with some potential business partners.
Highlights of the mission to include; Launch Events in the East Midlands (15th January) and West Midlands (16th January) ●● Welcome Reception at the British Consulate-General ●● Comprehensive pre-mission Briefing ●● Guided tour of the show by the show’s Management Messe Munich
2 days to see the show Drinks Reception on the CEA’s UK pavilion DIT is working really closely with the CEA on this and we would be pleased to hear from any exhibitors under the CEA umbrella at BAUMA who would be happy to ‘buddy up’ with any mission delegates from the East and West Midlands regions. ●● ●●
Export Opportunities Our overseas Embassies and Consulates are permanently busy looking for sales opportunities for UK companies. It's worth registering as it’s FREE and your product or service might be in demand somewhere in the world. To access live export opportunities around the world, please visit https://opportunities.export.great.gov.uk
UK Construction exhibition Plantworx (11th-13th June 2019) due to be held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough already has a commitment from DIT to host a Meet the Buyer Export Hub at the show. Discussions are progressing to bring in buyers from key overseas markets. View www. plantworx.co.uk for full details.
DIT Grant Support for Exporters From time to time the DIT is able to part fund a company’s attendance at an exhibition in the form of the TAP scheme (Tradeshow Access Programme). TAP grants are restricted to eligible SMEs who meet the criteria. Next year’s calendar of events will be published shortly. ■
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US Trademarks – Giving Your Intellectual Property the Competitive Edge As Bauma approaches and Conexpo-Con/Agg looms closer, Nathaniel T Cutler of US Law Firm, Thorelli Associates highlights the value of protecting your IP in a world of trading uncertainties. One of the most powerful and valuable intellectual property rights of a company is its trademark. A trademark identifies the source of a company’s good or service, gives a commercial impression of the good or service, and separates the trademark owner from all other companies in the same industry. Securing a trademark registration allows the trademark owner to prevent third parties from using the same or similar mark for the same or similar goods or services. In other words, trademark registration helps prevent a third party from capitalizing on the goodwill of the trademark owner. Accordingly, registering trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is part of prudent intellectual property management in the United States.
SAVE THE DATE 2019 CEA Annual Conference CEA AGM and Construction Equipment Industry Gala Dinner featuring the Plantworx Innovation Awards
Thursday 21 March 2019, Peterborough Following requests from attendees at the 2018 CEA Conference to hold the event outside London, to benefit from easier access and more affordable hotels, the 2019 conference will be held at the new home of Plantworx 2019 in Peterborough. The Industry Gala Dinner will feature the Plantworx Innovation Awards and a celebrity host.
Venue The East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough, PE2 6XE. The venue has extensive free parking and is close to a wide range of hotels, including two within walking distance and both at under £90 per night. The East of England Arena and Events Centre is located just off the A1 motorway and within easy reach of the East Coast Mainline railway station in Peterborough. Conference, dinner and booking information to follow. For information on the events and conference sponsorship contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Due to a feature in the Lanham Act (the federal law that governs trademarks in the U.S.) (the “Act”), most European companies have a competitive advantage over U.S. companies when protecting their trademarks in the United States. To take advantage of this feature in the Act, a European company must have a pending application for registration of its trademark in Europe (Act Section 44(d)) or a registered trademark in Europe (Act Section 44(e)). If a European company has a pending application for a trademark in Europe, and files a “Section 44(d)” application in the United States within 6 months of their European application, then it gets the priority date of the filing of the European application. That means that even if a European company files a United States trademark application after a U.S. company does, the European company can leapfrog a U.S. company in terms of priority. Once a United States application is filed, but before the USPTO will register the trademark, U.S. companies must “use the mark in commerce” (i.e. make a sale across state lines of the good or service). However, in Europe, to have a trademark registered the owner does not need to use the mark in commerce in Europe. Once a European company secures a registration in Europe, it can file a “Section 44(e)” application in the United States. A Section 44(e) application is an application for registration of a U.S. trademark based on a prior registration of that same trademark in Europe. Under a 44(e) application, the USPTO will issue a registration certificate without the applicant ever having used the mark in commerce in the United States. In conclusion, because a European company can secure: (i) a priority date and (ii) a registration without using its mark in commerce in the United States, it has a distinct advantage over U.S. companies when protecting a trademark. However, some European companies may not be aware of the advantages that they have or the importance of protecting their trademark in the United States. That is why it is important to seek the appropriate legal counsel when doing business in the United States. ■ THORELLI & ASSOCIATES specialises in advising European exporters in the legal practice and pitfalls of exporting to the USA. Tom Thorelli is an old friend of the CEA and is always pleased to offer valuable advice to CEA members. Contact: www.thorelli.com • email@example.com • Nathaniel@thorelli.com
International Exhibitions Bauma – the Greatest Show on Earth (8-14 April 2019, Munich) Many exhibitions like to proclaim they are the biggest or the best – but Bauma Munich really is the biggest show in the world! Bauma2019 will see almost 600,000 visitors, 3,700 exhibitors in 20 halls bauma_logo_4c.eps and half a million square enters of outside space. www.bauma.de Nearly 100 UK companies are already signed up to exhibit at Bauma including a large UK Pavilion of 30 exhibitors. Bauma has been sold out since January and just one display POD remains on the UK Pavilion.
Government Grant Support for Exhibitors The CEA has applied for TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) grant support for UK exhibitors at Bauma 2019. The show was at the top of the CEA’s bid last and we are hopeful that our bid will be successful. We are told that a decision should be made before the end of the year.
Bauma 2019 – Midlands Engine Trade Mission The CEA is very excited to be working with the Department for International Trade’s East and West Midlands regions and the Midlands Engine to bring a trade mission of UK companies to Bauma 2019. bauma_logo_white.eps
The Midlands Engine Bauma Mission features UK briefings, reception at the British Consulate-General, Guided tour of the show by the show’s Management Messe Munich, 2 days to see the show, Drinks Reception on the CEA’s UK pavilion. For the Bauma Mission details contact the mission organisers, Anya Novak - firstname.lastname@example.org The CEA is also negotiating with the Northern Powerhouse to run a similar mission for companies located in the North of England. bauma_logo_pant.eps Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020, (10-14 March, Las Vegas, USA)
The CEA is holding space for its popular UK Pavilion at the Conexpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is an expensive place to exhibit – especially with the current strength of the US$. However, exhibiting as part of a UK Pavilion benefits from the economies of scale and special rates given to International Group Organisers and discounted stand building. The CEA has applied for UK Government TAP grant support for Conexpo-Con/Agg and we should know by the end of the year if grants are available to help exhibitors pay for their stands on the UK Pavilion. To register your interest in Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020 contact email@example.com ■ bauma_logo_rgb.jpg
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Market buoyancy continues Global construction equipment sales will be around 1 million units this year, according to Off-Highway Research. Most markets around the world are growing, and overall volumes look as good as they have ever been. Worldwide construction equipment sales are expected to increase 12 per cent this year, following on from the 27 per cent rise seen in 2017. This will take total sales to almost 1 million units in 2018. The total retail value of sales is expected to approach US$99 billion this year. The biggest motor of growth in unit sales terms over the last two years has been China. Here continued infrastructure investment is expected to drive up earthmoving equipment sales by 31 per cent this year, following on from the 81 per cent surge seen in 2017. This will take demand to 283,500 units, or 325,000 machines including mobile cranes and compaction equipment, making it by far the largest construction equipment market in the world in volume terms. New infrastructure projects which were launched in 2016 and 2017 are the key drivers for growth, many of which fall under the auspices of the government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. The real estate market has also been a positive influence on equipment sales. However, with infrastructure investment now slowing, the equipment market is expected to fall back in 2019. But equipment volumes are expected to remain reasonable – certainly above the deep lows of 2015 and 2016. The government’s focus on curbing overheating infrastructure investment should prevent a repeat of the devastating boom & bust cycle which was seen following the stimulus-driven surge in sales from 2009-2011. Also in developing Asia, the Indian construction equipment market is set for a third consecutive year of double-digit growth. Demand is expected to rise 16 per cent in 2018, following on from the 15 per cent increase seen last year and the remarkable surge of 39 per cent enjoyed in 2015. This is expected to take earthmoving equipment sales this year above the 70,000 unit mark for the first time and push the value of the Indian market to a record US$3.5 billion. The previous peak in construction equipment sales was in 2011. The robust growth and recent record demand has been largely due to the Modi Government’s efforts to speed up the pace of infrastructure development. It is fair to say that the surge of the last two to three years which has been seen in China and India is generally being felt across developing Asia. Equipment sales in Indonesia, the largest market in the ASEAN region should top 17,000 machines this year – more than twice the volume sold at the low point of the cycle in 2015, for example.
Developed markets This year is also seeing strong growth in North American equipment demand. There was a hiatus in sales in 2016 due to uncertainty in the run-up to the election. Growth resumed in 2017, taking volumes back to their 2015 levels. This year sales are expected to rise another 13 per cent to almost 200,000 units. It is too early to say what impact the Trump administration’s tariffs will have on the market. They are likely to add cost into the supply chain
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which will ultimately be passed onto domestic and overseas customers. It remains to be seen whether this will impact directly on machine sales. It is also possible that they will act as a brake on the wider economy, cooling growth and indirectly hurting equipment sales.
Europe Like the North American market, demand for equipment in Europe is at a good level. Sales exceeded 160,000 units last year for the first time since the global crisis, and in 2018 the market should edge up to 165,000 machines. However, this is expected to represent the highwater mark for Europe in this cycle. In 2017 the market enjoyed the rare phenomenon of sales growing in all 15 of the individual Western European countries which Off-Highway Research follows closely. This unusual occurrence of course indicates broad buoyancy in the European market, and at the current level of 160,000-165,000 unit sales, Off-Highway Research would argue that European demand is as strong as it can be without overheating. Although demand rose across the board in 2017, it was the major markets of France, Germany, Italy and the UK which were the key overall influencers, as they currently account for 74 per cent of European equipment sales. Demand for construction equipment has plateaued at a high level in most of the Northern and mid-European markets. The coming years are expected to see a gradual decline in annual sales, but at this stage no
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2017 global construction equipment sales in US Dollar Terms Total: US$98.7 billion
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sharp downturn is forecast. The caveat to this is that Brexit could have a serious destabilising effect. However, with the future terms of the relationship between the EU and UK yet to be decided it is impossible to quantify that. Meanwhile, continued growth in Southern Europe – most significantly Italy – should partially offset the declining sales further North. This should see overall European equipment demand maintained at strong volumes 1-2 years at least. Japan is one of the few construction equipment markets not expected to grow this year. Although demand should edge up over the coming years, the Japanese market will remain relatively small at 60,000-65,000 units per year. After the boom in sales in the early part of the 2010s, driven by Abenomics and reconstruction work following the 2011 tsunami, construction output and equipment sales have faltered. Perhaps the key positive as far as the Japanese market is concerned is that nearby markets in developing Asia are coming back to health. These tend to be the disposal routes for Japanese rental fleets. If there is demand for machines in these countries and prices are good, the fleet
renewal cycle should gain pace and new equipment sales should be stimulated in Japan itself.
Global outlook Global equipment sales over the medium term are expected to stabilise around the 1 million units per year mark, with a retail value of around US$100 billion in today’s terms. In unit terms this high is on a par with recent peaks of the last decade – the pre-crisis high of 2008 and the recovery surge of 2010-2009, which was almost entirely a function of the searing stimulus-driven demand in China. So in global terms the current high in sales is about as good as it gets. The difference is that whereas the last two peaks were short-lived and the product of over-heating markets (with the painful readjustments which followed), the current high looks to be a little more secure. But this all comes with the caveat that the world today is a somewhat strange and unpredictable place. There is always the potential for an unforeseen event or series of events to undo the growth of the last three years or so. ■
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CORRECTION: Stage V transition engines In the last edition of Construction Worx we reported that transition engines which hold existing approvals from a body in the UK will lose their validity as of Brexit. We are now glad to report that in all power categories except 56 – 130 kW, the stage prior to Stage V will already have ended on 31 December 2018. Therefore the type-approval is ended naturally
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and not as a result of Brexit. In this case the old expired UK approval listed on a transition engine is of the same status as an old expired approval issued by Germany, Sweden, Netherlands or other EU countries. However, there is a potential concern with pre-Stage V approvals for 56 – 130 kW, where any UK issued type-approval will be terminated in case of a hard Brexit
on 30 March 2019. For this case the EU has launched a draft regulation with the aim of enabling manufacturers to transfer their UK-issued approvals to another member state, which should, if properly implemented, ensure that this power range is also taken care of, so that OEMs can be confident of continued production.
Technical Update The CEA’s new Senior Technical Consultant, Dale Camsell, says “The regulatory community is currently very active with numerous initiatives going on at a local UK level, a pan-European EU level and in many other countries across the globe. The situation is very dynamic so there is a lot of regulatory information that construction equipment manufacturers need to be aware of.” Having an understanding of future regulatory requirements enables manufacturers to implement design changes in a timely manner in order that products remain compliant in the global market. Those regulations that are currently at a relatively advanced stage of development, are of significant relevance to our sector and are due for publication in the near future are highlighted below. One factor dominating the regulatory situation at present is, of course, Brexit. The outcome of the on-going negotiations will determine the regulatory effect that Brexit has on manufacturers based here in the UK as well as those based in the EU and beyond. Please see the separate article on Brexit elsewhere in this issue of Construction Worx for details.
Engine Emissions The EU will very shortly enter the next phase of engine emission reductions for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). Stage V brings with it the most stringent set of emissions requirements in the world. For the vast majority of products in the construction sector, this will mean a further reduction in the mass of particulate matter (soot) that can be emitted and the authorities have also introduced an all-new parameter
– particulate number (PN). Whilst PN has already been introduced to the on-highway sector, it is an entirely new requirement for off-highway and the EU is the first region in the world to introduce such a measure for NRMM. Another significant inclusion in the Stage V regulation is the requirement for engine manufacturers to perform in-service monitoring (ISM) tests. This comprises a series of tests that are to be carried out on machines in the field and will require cooperation between the engine manufacturer, OEM, machine owner and building site contractor. The implementation date is almost upon us with Stage V cutting in on 1st January 2019 for engines of less than 56kW and also for those of 130+kW. The introduction date for engines in the 56kW to 130kW range comes in one year later, 1st January 2020. The regulation does, however, allow for a time-limited transition period, during which prior stage engines are permitted to be placed on the market. It should be noted though that this is very much different to the flexibility scheme that ran for previous stages. The transition scheme puts a time limit on which transition engined machines can be placed on the market by
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OEMs. It should be further noted that OEMs are, for the first time in this piece of legislation, drawn into the scope of the regulation. There is more engine emission regulatory activity outside the EU with recent developments occurring in Switzerland, Turkey and China. Although Switzerland has generally aligned with the EU in terms of emission limits and introduction dates, there have been certain anomalies. These include the mandatory fitting of approved diesel particulate filters (DPFs) regardless of whether or not the engine meets the particulate limits without one, and misalignment of the power bands around the 18kW and 19kW threshold. It is great to learn that the Swiss authority has recently declared that, as from the introduction of Stage V, Switzerland will entirely align with the EU emissions regulation and will not demand any unique requirements for its market. The Turkish authorities have formally declared that their move to the next level of emissions limits has been further delayed. Engines in the 37kW to 56kW range will move from Stage IIIA to Stage IIIB on 1st October 2020. Engines between 56kW and 560kW will move Stage IV with 130kW to 560kW changing on 1st January 2021 followed by 56kW to 130kW on 1st October 2021. It should be noted that since EU Stage IIIA type-approvals are no longer can no longer be used, engines currently being sold into Turkey must be either UNECE R96 approved or be certified by the Turkish authority. The Chinese authorities are due to publish the requirements for their next phase of engine emission requirements, with the finalised text due for imminent release. It is almost certain that the requirement will commence on 1st January 2020 and industry is currently in the process of establishing whether or not there will be a transition period. It appears that the limit values will not align directly with any existing global regulation but will be a unique set of requirements, which will likely include a PN limit. Additional to the limit values, the requirements
are also expected to include in-service conformity tests and GPS tracking capability. More will be shared once the formal text has been officially published.
The Machinery Directive Moving on to machinery, the core legislation that regulates machine safety requirements in the EU is the Machinery Directive and the Commission is considering a revision. Having evaluated its current content, the Commission finds that it is generally considered to be still fit for purpose but that some areas could be improved, including market surveillance and the monitoring of notified bodies, better convergence with other directives and its suitability for new developments such as digitisation, robotics, cyber security, etc.. Industry will greatly welcome a clearer definition of partly completed machinery as this is an area where confusion prevails. The rise of digitisation presents many opportunities in our sector but it also potentially gives rise to some safety related challenges too. Whilst certain aspects of emerging technologies, such as issues arising from human-machine collaboration, are not explicitly covered by the Machinery Directive, it is believed that the directive does not need to be revised to make specific mention of these technologies since it is only concerned with what safety measures are needed; the directive does not indicate how they should be achieved. This role is fulfilled by the use of harmonised standards so it is envisaged that new standards will need to be developed in order to address the safe application of these new technologies. Speaking of harmonised standards, it should be noted that the core suite of European earth-moving machinery harmonised standards are currently under revision. Manufacturers who apply the EN 474 series of standards can benefit from a presumption of conformity with the Machinery Directive, hence they are an important tool in
the route to compliance. Publication is expected in mid-2019 and a three year transition will be allowed, meaning that the current EN 474 standards can only be used until mid-2022. An all new series of standards covering crushing and screening equipment is currently under development as well. They will, for the first time in that sector, provide manufacturers with the opportunity to obtain a presumption of conformity with the machinery directive. The EN 1009 suite of standards is expected to be published in mid-2020. As well as the impending implementation of Stage V engine emissions regulation, another piece of environmental legislation that is currently under review is the EU noise directive. This directive has two forms of classification of machines, those for which the directive imposes limits and those for which the directive imposes labelling requirements – but no limits. The first proposal from the Commission’s study was recently published and has some implications on our sector but the majority of construction machinery, such as excavators, dumpers, loaders and backhoe loaders see no change in the requirements. However, tighter limits are proposed for some handheld compaction machines and the proposal also includes that some machinery, including drill rigs and piling equipment are added to the scope of machines for which labelling is required.
Off Highway Equipment … On the Highway Finally, one piece of legislation that is currently under development within the EU concerns the specific requirements for circulating machinery on the public highway. This includes machine marking and performance requirements for steering, braking, etc. At the moment road circulation is not covered by a single pan-European regulation but each EU member state is free to define its own requirements. This makes it difficult for manufacturers and owners alike, especially where machinery is used close to national borders and, for operational reasons, is required to circulate on the road on both sides of the border. A dedicated project team is active within the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) manufacturers’ trade association that
will develop a set of proposals on behalf of industry and lobby for these to be included in the final regulation. Alessandro Rossi of Caterpillar UK is the newly appointed leader of that group, which means that the CEA is well positioned to drive this project forward. Congratulations are due to Alessandro for this achievement!
In conclusion All in all, there is much activity in the field of regulations regarding product compliance, with some being of major consequence and others being less so. In either case, CEA will keep members of its General Technical Committee briefed in order that manufacturers can be kept abreast of developments. In the meantime, the CEA’s Senior Technical Consultant, Dale Camsell, is on hand to answer members’ queries and can be contacted at email@example.com ■
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ConstructionWorX A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life of... the CEA’s new Senior Technical Consultant, Dale Camsell Dale shares with readers the hectic life of a specialist consultant and his life on the road. It’s surprising just how much goes on in the CEA behind the scenes to ensure CEA members are expertly represented. A day in the life of a regulatory consultant can certainly be varied. For example, this article was written on a coach journey between Gothenburg and a manufacturer of non-road mobile machinery in Southern Sweden. I guess the format of my day depends on whether I'm attending an external meeting or if I'm “in the office”. Before I go any further I must point out that I've been self-employed for all of 6 weeks now, so this is all new to me. But so far so good and I'm loving the new role! When I’m representing CEA at meetings, as I have done for years previously as a member of the CEA’s General Technical Committee (GTC), this generally entails travel to either Brussels or a UK location. I'm typically in Brussels to attend meetings of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) who hold technical meetings once a quarter. My role here is to represent the interests of the CEA’s General Technical Committee (GTC) by contributing technical input to the various CECE project teams. Attending meetings in the UK usually means that I'm at a GTC where my role will be to brief the members on the latest status of the regulatory developments of the day and then assist in obtaining a consensus on how GTC should react. This might be in the form of responding to a government consultation, developing a paper describing the GTC’s position, or simply noting the consensus so that I may relay the GTC’s position at other external meetings. GTC meetings are normally hosted at the premises of a committee member somewhere in the UK.
When I'm not attending meetings I spend my day working in the office that I've created in my house. It’s about 3 years since my son left home, but when he was there we'd built a gaming station in his bedroom that comprised a large desk area, hardwired ethernet cable to the house modem, loads of power sockets and monitor friendly lighting. So it is also absolutely ideal as an office and makes for a very pleasant working environment. Being able to work from home is an absolute privilege and has many advantages; the morning commute is the 15 second walk from my kitchen to the office, the view from the office window is my back garden, and I never have to worry about missing a delivery. Once I've made it to the office my day will comprise reading technical reports/regulatory drafts, summarising them and sharing with the GTC members, following up on actions arising from GTC or CECE meetings, and responding to email queries and calls from members. As I say, I’ve only been in the role for six weeks and I'm really enjoying the experience. I have a tough act to follow but I sincerely hope that I'm able to match the very high standards set by my predecessor, Malcolm Kent. Oh well, it looks like I'm just about to arrive at my destination so that’s all for now. ■ Dale is available to answer CEA members’ questions and will be producing regular updates on all matters technical and regulatory affecting members interests. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the Lobby ConstructionWorX
The BEIS Automotive Unit the CEA’s Government Interface The CEA’s Joanna Oliver MBE (JO) spoke to Louise Scott (LS) – the Strategic Relationship Manager for the Construction Equipment Sector at BEIS and Edmund Ward (EW) – Head of Strategic Relationships at BEIS Automotive Unit to find out what the Unit does on behalf of our sector. BEIS is the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. (JO) Tell me about the work of the Automotive Unit. (EW) The Unit leads Government’s work with the UK automotive manufacturing sector which includes Construction Equipment. There are three main areas of activity. The first is managing relationships with stakeholders, including representative bodies and groups, as well as some individual companies. Second is support for R&D and innovation, and the third area is representing the sector in relevant policy discussions and helping it to translate government policy into day-to-day business operations and strategic planning.
AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR DEAL The Government has a long-standing programme of work to secure growth and maintain competitiveness within the UK automotive sector. This includes the Automotive Sector Deal (published in January 2018), which sets out a joint strategic vision of how government and industry will continue to work together to shape our response to the Grand Challenges articulated in the Industrial Strategy, such as Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility. We are also working with the sector to put the UK at the forefront of new automotive technologies to ensure we remain the destination of choice for future investment. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ automotive-sector-deal
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(JO) What are your roles in the Unit? (LS) My role is focused on relationship management. The team has relationship managers who actively engage with the sector, and a big part of this role is about helping companies to navigate their way around government. My job includes making introductions and connections as well as signposting to relevant information and opportunities. We also spend time talking to companies about their plans in order to better understand how government can help the sector to continue to grow and innovate. While I focus on detailed engagement with particular companies, Edmund has oversight across all of the accounts we manage, including to understand any common themes emerging across parts of the sector such as, for example, in relation to construction equipment. (JO) What did you do before coming to BEIS? (EW) I am a new arrival to the Automotive Sector, although I actually started my career in materials research, and spent some of my PhD looking at materials used in catalytic converters and fuel cells. Prior to joining BEIS, and after some private and third sector roles, I worked at Ofgem working on renewable energy, and where a central aspect of my role involved engaging closely with industry to deliver policy in practice. (LS) I’m also relatively new to the Department, having spent the last 15 years working in the private sector for a research and consultancy company that specialises in evaluation and analysis
ConstructionWorX In the Lobby
of public policy. Most of the work I did involved looking at the effectiveness of government interventions, spanning a wide range of policy areas including business, the economy and transport. (JO) How can we make sure that “yellow” gets its fair share of BEIS attention and is not lost in the general automotive sector? (EW) Our relationship management team has a remit to engage with construction equipment manufacturers and we see the CEA as an important route for this. Representation on the Automotive Council is also an important way of ensuring that the voice of the ‘yellow sector’ is heard and we would encourage CEA members to look for opportunities to engage directly with the CEA and via representation in the Automotive Council working groups and workstreams if they have an interest in these areas.
AUTOMOTIVE COUNCIL The Automotive Council was established in 2009 as a way to enhance dialogue and strengthen cooperation between UK government and the automotive sector. The activities of the council are channelled through three working groups, each divided into a range of workstreams. The working groups cover supply chains, technology, and business environment and skills. See: https://www.automotivecouncil.co.uk/
(JO) How can you help CEA members unlock HMG funding and what assistance can BEIS offer CEA members with R&D investment? (LS) The relationship management team will provide information on funding streams which may be of interest to the sector to the CEA so that this can be circulated to members. If members have questions about the available funding streams, we would encourage them to get in touch with the relevant contact. Current opportunities are focused on supporting innovation, linked to the development of green technologies and addressing the Grand Challenges set out in the Industrial Strategy. In cases where companies have a project idea but are not sure if or how government can help, we would suggest they get in touch with the Automotive Unit for a discussion.
SUPPORT FOR INNOVATION Government support for automotive innovation includes: The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) funds collaborative projects to research, develop and commercialise the next generation of low carbon technologies. https://www.apcuk.co.uk/opportunities-for-you/corecompetitions/ ●● The Faraday Battery Challenge provides funding for feasibility studies and collaborative research and development related to battery technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/ competition/241/overview/ ●● Government is also investing in collaborative R&D and testing of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/centre-forconnected-and-autonomous-vehicles/ ●●
(JO) Are there any plans to help the construction equipment sector with the effects of Brexit on the supply chain and just in time production and will there be any initiatives for the reshoring / nearshoring of the supply chain after (a hard) Brexit? (EW) The Automotive Sector Deal announced that Government intends to launch a new supply chain competitiveness and productivity improvement programme to provide bespoke training and streamlined business processes to help build the integrated supply chain that is needed by the UK automotive sector. In addition, initiatives such as the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Faraday Battery Challenge are supporting the development of technologies that will form the basis of future low carbon vehicle supply chains. (JO) How can the CEA members feed their experiences into BEIS and industrial strategy? (LS) We view the CEA as our primary link into the construction equipment manufacturing sector and we hope to meet and get to know more of its members through attending future CEA events. At times, there will be opportunities to feed into the development of policy and strategy. The Automotive Council provides a forum to share your views with other parts of the sector. We also aim to have regular dialogue with the CEA so please do ask your members to pass on their feedback or to let us know if they would welcome a conversation. ■
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CESAR’s New Horizons Anti-theft scheme offers new applications Prior to the big 2008 recession the CEA agreed to take on the ownership of the Construction Equipment Security and Registration (CESAR) anti-plant theft scheme. After a rocky first year due to the collapse of the market, the scheme has prospered with Home Office approval and police support and is proven to be an initiative that has benefited the construction industry as a whole. Not only that, the subsequent inclusion of agricultural equipment in the programme, with the backing of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), has proved to be invaluable in combating rural crime. The CEA is working on a strategy with the operators of the scheme, Datatag ID Ltd, that will see CESAR take on new applications for the wider benefit of the construction industry. Theft of site tools have long been a serious problem – they are small, portable and eminently stealable. The micro-CESAR kit has been designed as a means of registering and marking this type of equipment. It acts not also a theft deterrent but as means of asset control when integrated with a contractor’s or hire company’s stock records. Micro-CESAR has already been successfully piloted with the leading flagship brand manufacturer, Stihl. An entirely new application for CESAR is being developed in response to the growing impact of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) – developments which have tracked by the CEA and in the pages of Construction Worx. The major HS2 project specifies that, with a few exceptions, it will gradually only permit Stage V compliant machines on site, ramping up from the present requirement of Stage IIIB compliance. HS2 is supportive of the use of CESAR for plant security purposes – but the CEA sees an additional benefit as an important visual aid for site managers seeking to ensure that machines coming on site meet environmental requirements. The CEA and Datatag are working on the marking and scanning technology that will advance CESAR into a wholly new, but important, area of use. ■
The application of CESAR as a way of aiding the identification of machine emissions compliance stands to be a real boon for those responsible for monitoring LEZ standards. We see this is another way of showing our social responsibility to the wider construction industry.
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Rob Oliver, Chief Executive, CEA.
THEFT REPORT – TOP TEN Figures reported by PANIU (the specialist police plant intelligence unit) highlight the TOP 10 types of equipment stolen in the first half of 2018. These include agricultural as well as construction plant.
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