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Builders’ Merchants experience summer surge

Builders’ Merchants have reported a 3.5% increase in August sales compared to August 2017, as Timber & Joinery and Landscaping led the way with 9.5% and 6.9% respective growth
machine sales

JCB reveals record turnover and machine sales in 2017

JCB has announced record turnover and machine sales in 2017, as global markets continued to rebound strongly during the year
London Construction Award

AMI Group shortlisted for London Construction Award

Plant tracking specialist AMI Group has been shortlisted for the ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ accolade at the London Construction Awards 2018 The London Construction Awards ceremony is being hosted by comedian and broadcaster Marcus Brigstocke on 23 October 2018 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. AMI Group is...
UK plant hire

UK plant hire market forecast to grow in 2018

The diverse UK plant hire market is forecast to experience modest growth in 2018, benefiting from the HS2 project which is due to be started in the Autumn
articulated lorries

Study suggests articulated lorries could cut pollution and traffic

A study by consulting engineer WSP on behalf of Transport for London has determined that using larger articulated lorries for deliveries to construction sites, instead of the rigid trucks currently used, would decrease pollution and traffic
Brick shortage

Brick shortage affecting small developers

The UK is currently experiencing a brick shortage, with many companies being forced to wait over 12 months for bricks. Not only is this slowing down development, it’s also driving up the cost of bricks massively
Construction equipment

Construction equipment sales continue to grow in Q2 2018

Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market increased by 3.8% in the second quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017
Digital Displacement

£22m project to develop a new generation of off-road machines

A consortium led by the Scottish technology firm Artemis Intelligent Power has secured £11m from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK to help develop a new generation of ‘Digital Displacement’ hydraulic pumps and motors to be used in off-road vehicles
Housebuilders’ costs

Housebuilders’ costs respond to increased workload

Housebuilders’ costs rose 3.4% in the year to Q1 2018, according to the BCIS Private Housing Construction Price Index (PHCPI)
Stars of the Future

Promising plant apprentices recognised at Stars of the Future

The construction plant sector has a promising future judging by the outstanding calibre of the this year’s entrants for the Stars of the Future awards hosted by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA)
bricks

Brick manufacturing bolsters in 2018

According to the latest ONS figures, the brick industry has produced 7% more bricks in the first quarter of 2018 than in the same quarter last year, building on the 10-year high of 2 billion bricks delivered during 2017

Brick and tile stocks at their lowest for three years

Concerns about the availability of bricks and roof tiles are being reported by housebuilders. Brick stocks did recover slightly in the slow period at the beginning of the year but are at their lowest level since the beginning of 2015. While stocks of concrete roof tiles are also at their lowest for some time
Training on Plant in Construction

CPA to host Training on Plant in Construction forum

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is hosting a Training on Plant in Construction (TOPIC) Forum on 25 April 2018 at Nuthurst Grange Hotel in Hockley Heath, Warwickshire, to formulate a strategy on the future direction of skills development for construction plant and equipment
Innovation is Here

CEA to host annual Innovation is Here conference

The CEA’s annual conference, Innovation is Here, is set to help explain how companies can embrace digital opportunities, and will take place at One Great George Street, London, on 22 March

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