Industry News

Production of construction machinery in Russia close to collapse

For many years, Russian producers of building machinery have allocated insignificant amounts for research into, and development of, new kinds of equipment and improvements to the existing product range, mostly because of the limited financial potential. Limited productivity and high running costs have stunted the competitiveness of Russian machinery, not… Read more »

Construction activity in Romania will accelerate in the coming years

As indicated by the results of PMR’s latest report, entitled “Construction sector in Romania 2015. Development forecasts for 2015-2020”, in 2014 the construction industry in Romania continued to struggle, and was estimated to have contracted by 6.6% year on year, after a probable 8.7% reduction recorded in 2013. According to… Read more »

Civil engineering to remain a driving force of the Bulgarian construction industry

Civil engineering construction will continue to pave the way for the development of the Bulgarian construction market in the next five years. In fact, from a share as a proportion of overall construction output of less than one-third in 2007, the figure reached 59% in 2014. This will continue to… Read more »

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – more a sanction than a boost for the Russian economy

In December 2010 Russia was selected as the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, for which twelve stadiums must be prepared. At that moment none of the stadiums proposed for the competition were operational. As indicated by the results of PMR’s latest report, entitled “World Cup 2018 in… Read more »

AEM elects 2015 officers, new directors

JCB Inc. executive heads equipment manufacturers trade group The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its newly-elected 2015 officers, as well as directors elected at its recent annual meeting to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards. AEM Officers for 2015 are: Chair John Patterson, Chairman… Read more »

Albanian Hydropower Plant Gets Much-Needed Repair Funding

Komani, the most important hydropower installation in Albania, has obtained funding for a much-needed programme of repairs, maintenance and upgrades. The plant is currently in a severe state of disrepair, having received no major maintenance effort since it was originally constructed three decades ago. The dam is in one of… Read more »

Hong Kong Government Seeks Solution to High-Speed Rail Problems

Hong Kong’s Express Rail Link project carries a total price tag of HK$71.52 billion (£5.71 billion), and is intended to deliver a significant improvement to public transport in the region. Unfortunately, the project has also been plagued by problems and suffered significant delays. The Hong Kong government is now seeking… Read more »

EuroSkills 2014 Concludes on High Note

Earlier this month, Lille Grand de Palais, France played host to EuroSkills 2014. EuroSkills is the biggest skills convention in Europe, which saw 450 skilled workers from 25 separate countries coming together to compete for the title. EuroSkills sees young professionals from a variety of skilled trades come together to… Read more »

New Zealand Wastewater Project Given to Mott MacDonald

The Rosedale wastewater treatment facility located in Auckland, New Zealand is due for significant expansion works. Watercare Services have now appointed global engineering management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald to handle the design aspect of the project. The planned expansion of the Rosedale wastewater plant is a project of considerable… Read more »

Signs of growth visible in the European construction equipment industry

In the first half of 2014, construction equipment sales on the European market grew by 10.2% compared to the same period in 2013 According to recent figures released by CECE, the Committee of European Construction Equipment, demand was strong in the first quarter of this year The business climate, however,… Read more »