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Is this a blip or a trend? U.S. Construction Equipment Exports Still in Decline

The latest reports from the USA Association of Equipment Manufacturer (AEM) shows that construction equipment exports from the US continue to decline. Is this a reason for concern or just a temporary blip? Will it be a devoloping trend sending the industry into another slump?

It would be too easy to say it is a result of the economic problems industry is facing in China, but Asia is not the most effected regio

U.S. construction machinery exports gain 43 percent in 2011

U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year for a total $23.5 billion of machinery shipped to other nations, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This follows growth of 28 percent in 2010 after a 2009 decline of 38 percent in the depths of the recession.

“Export sales continue to help U.S. construction equipment manufacturers stay open for business and sustain American jobs, especially with the domestic construction sector still recovering,”

stated Al Cervero, AEM vice president construction sector.

AEM and its I Make America campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. These include free trade agreements such as the U.S.-Korea FTA being implemented, which will eliminate export duties on about 80 percent of U.S. industrial products and about 67 percent of U.S. farm-related products. In recent AEM action, the association is calling for congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, with an increased exposure cap so more companies can benefit from its services. Ex-Im Bank is self-sustaining. It focuses on small to medium-size businesses, since private lenders many times are unable or unwilling to extend them financing and insurance support.

Time for Washington to do More than Talk About Infrastructure and Job Creation

Contractors World has said it many time, politician worldwide find it very easy and convenient to talk-the-talk but when it come to action, the ability to walk-the-walk is full of compromised and excuses. And we are not the only ones to think this way.

Here is a statement on State of the Union Address from Dennis Slater, President of Association of Equipment Manufacturers:

Last night President Obama spoke about the urgent need for growth in American manufacturing:

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.”

AEM releases annual construction equipment business “outlook”

Stronger 2011 sales expected, slower growth 2012 through 2014 is the forecast in the end of year AEM annual construction equipment business “outlook”

Construction equipment manufacturers anticipate overall business to close out 2011 with double-digit increases over last year in the U.S., Canada and worldwide. Growth is expected to continue but at a slower pace for 2012 through 2014, according to the annual business “outlook” survey of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. Each year the association polls its construction equipment manufacturer members about anticipated sales of the machines and equipment that build and repair roads, bridges, houses, offices, schools and other infrastructure worldwide.

New construction machinery trade show for southern Africa

Building on the undeniable success of the internationally famous Bauma fairs which take place in Germany every three eyar, the organisers are since established the bran in China, and the Middle East. Now they are further expanding their expertise with a new ‘Bauma’ for Africa.

Messe München International is expanding its international network for the construction machinery sector with the launch of a new event in South Africa. The first bauma Africa takes place in September 2013 in Johannesburg. Messe München will set up a subsidiary in South Africa to implement this event.

The orgnisation expects the first edition of this International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles to attract around 200 exhibitors and to take up around 20,000 square meters of exhibition space. In terms of attendees, the show is directed primarily at customers from Sub-Saharan Africa.

USA: AEM applauds Congress for approving Free Trade Agreements

AEM and its member companies applaud Congress for taking bipartisan action on the Free Trade Agreements for Colombia, Panama and Korea. The House of Representatives and the Senate both voted on Wednesday to approve the measures which will now go to the president for his signature.

“Not only will these agreements help level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, increasing their global competitiveness, but there is widespread agreement that these export agreements will help job growth and boost our overall economy,”

said Dennis Slater, President of AEM.

“High tariffs on U.S. exports have stunted job growth in manufacturing and other sectors. Seeing these agreements move forward is crucial for our member companies to have the ability to compete in vital global markets.”

Manufacturers Ask for Urgency in Washington Following Jobs Speech

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress:

“Deteriorating infrastructure isn’t a campaign-year slogan; it’s a roadblock to commerce that hurts America’s farmers and manufacturers. The stark reality of the U.S. economy is that it cannot survive without a thriving agriculture and manufacturing base.

Over the past two years, political leaders have settled for no fewer than seven short-term extensions of the highway bill. However, roads and bridges aren’t funded or built a few months at a time. These critical projects require long-term investment.

AEM offers new Spanish-language Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces a new Spanish version of its Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual in a convenient “flip-style” Spanish/English format. The manual outlines safe machine operation and maintenance guidelines in a concise and well-illustrated layout for easy comprehension.

AEM updated its Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual last year with new and expanded material reflecting current industry practices. Both the Spanish/English and English-only AEM Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manuals include a new section on trenching safety. Expanded or additional material includes safe mounting and dismounting; utility locating practices; attachment installation; installation, use and maintenance of quick-couplers; and use of newer safety design features such as gate or armrest-based hydraulic control locks.

Alarming Job Numbers Prove America Needs Action from Congress and President on Infrastructure Investment

Statement from Dennis Slater, President of Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater today issued the following statement in response to the disappointing May jobs report:

“Today’s job numbers are disappointing but not surprising, given the lack of focus in Washington on passing policies proven to generate real, sustainable job growth.

Until Congress and the Administration agree to make America’s farmers and manufacturers a national priority by passing free trade agreements and investing in critical national infrastructure – both proven drivers of economic growth – unemployment will remain unacceptably high and our economy will continue to stagnate.