The outlook for the UK’s construction industry has been downgraded, with growth prospects diverging by sector and Brexit-related uncertainty intensifying, according to the Construction Products Association’s latest forecasts. Uncertainty around the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has persisted since the…
CASE announces the appointment of Leigh Harris as Business Director for the UK and Republic of Ireland
Previously Director of Network Development EMEA at CASE Construction Equipment for the past three years, Leigh also brings 10 years of experience in the construction equipment industry to his new position with CASE.
Since early 2014, when Blue Group and Dmac Engineering combined their expertise and resources to create bespoke MRF manufacturing specialist, BlueMAC Manufacturing, the company has gone from strength to strength and seen a remarkable level of growth. Building on this success and looking to further its expansion programme, BlueMAC is now pleased to announce that it has appointed SKALA Australasia Pty Ltd as the exclusive distributor of BlueMAC products and services throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
This partnership heralds new exporting opportunities into sophisticated and discerning markets for BlueMAC in partnership with SKALA – already a well-established equipment supplier and solutions provider for the recycling, mining, bulk materials and industrial processing sectors. Even at this early stage in the relationship, BlueMAC already has two plants in build for SKALA customers and when these are commissioned later in the year they will be two of Australia’s largest C&D processing facilities.
Global earthmoving attachments specialist, Miller, has invested almost £1.5 million overhauling its UK manufacturing plant.
The substantial investment has focussed largely on three key areas – productivity, service level and lead time reduction, which centralised on competitive bucket manufacture. This will ensure that the industry will continue to be serviced by a UK company with an absolute commitment to maintaining the highest standards of bucket manufacture here in the United Kingdom.
Following the initial investment this summer, some areas have already seen a significant increase in productivity; this is set to increase further as three additional new robots will be installed in the factory before Christmas.
The very successful manufacturing company, Miller UK, is investing heavily to enhance production processes and product availability in preparation for global expansion over the next decade.
Miller UK is already a world leader in the design and manufacture of attachments for earthmoving equipment and has recently launched a range of hydraulic breakers to its product line.
To achieve its ambition growth plans, the company’s executive team has been strengthened with the strategic appointments of Group Managing Director, Mike Askew and Global Sales and Marketing Director, Brendan Quill.
JCB today announced it had won a deal for 550 machines worth £16 million from one of the UK’s leading rental firms – with the promise of more orders to follow. The deal has been struck with A-Plant and is part of a phased investment programme which has now seen the plant hirer buy a total of 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.
The latest order for 550 machines includes more than 400 mini and midi excavators, including 50 JCB 8085 eco midi excavators, which are 27% more productive and more than 20% more fuel efficient than the model it replaced. The deal also includes Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklifts and is one of the biggest to be secured by JCB this year. The machines will be supplied through dealer Greenshields JCB.
A major milestone has taken place on the UK’s largest current nuclear project with the topping out of the Evaporator D building, at Sellafield, on the northwest coast of England.
A Costain-Sellafield Ltd alliance will later this year complete the basic structure of the building, which is designed to reduce the volume of highly radioactive liquid waste at the Cumbria site.
It is a project which, for obvious reasons, requires the highest possible standards of build quality. Just designing and developing the initial construction safety case for the £397million project took a year; work on the foundations began in May 2009 and the project is not scheduled to be fully complete until summer 2014.
When in service, it will be used to reduce the quantities of Highly Active Liquor, a product of reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. The liquor is reduced in quantity by a factor of 20 by evaporation, to reduce the volume of highly active waste that will be vitrified in glass and stored on site.
The liquor will be evaporated inside a highly complex process plant designed by Costain Energy & Process in the Manchester office. The Evaporator D process plant will add additional capacity to the current evaporators on the site and provide continuity in the reprocessing and decommissioning programme at Sellafield.
An idea of the scale of the project comes from the fact that over 350 Costain personnel – around 150 of them designers – are involved on it. “We’ve been carrying out design work since 2007,” says Construction Director, Rob Phillips. “This is all about providing a solution to the customer. It’s a project where we carry out everything from front-end design, through procurement and construction to commissioning and it’s certainly the largest where we’re providing the total solution.”
The publishers of Contractors World Magazines have taken this decision because of the closure of important magazines over the past 2 years – free to subscribe magazines such as Contract Journal, Plant Managers Journal, SEM – Site Equipment Manager, PHE – Plant Hire Executive in the UK. The loss of these magazines means that until now, there was virtually no FREE to read publication for the construction and related industries written specifically for the UK and Irish markets.
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Originally launched in December 2007 and still listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s Toughest Phone’, the JCB Toughphone was an immediate success.
JCB has just announced a new range of Toughphones. Now available in a choice of four handsets to suit a range of budgets, all with unique strengths.