Plant, Equipment & Supplies News

Plant, Equipment & Supplies News focuses on building products, excavation works, heavy machinery and the UK plant hire market. This section will give you an insight into the latest guides for how to handle machinery and how the construction equipment sector is coping in today's climate. From big firms like JCB and the most recent innovations in the industry the Plant, Equipment & Supplies News section has a range of articles for your viewing pleasure.

Power tools are the top item stolen from construction sites

Power tools, bags of cement, and ladders are among the top 10 items reported stolen from construction sites, it has emerged… A new survey from Yorkshire-based firm CCTV.co.uk has revealed the top 10 items stolen from construction sites during 2015. Perhaps unsurprisingly power tools top the chart, with bags of...
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Mobile crane operators vote in favour of strike action

Mobile crane operators at Ainscough have voted to take strike action following a long standing row over pay… The UK’s largest mobile crane hire firm is facing strike action in a dispute over pay. Crane operators at Ainscough voted to take action after talks broke down. Action is set to start...

Hoist specialist taken over by A-Plant

Plant hire equipment firm A-Plant has taken over specialist construction hoist company GB Access… A-Plant now owns one of the largest rental fleets of Alimak and Stros construction hoists in the UK following a deal with construction hoist firm GB Access. Under the terms of the agreement GB Access will continue...

Modular building firm expands after funding deal

Essex-based modular building firm has expanded due to a new funding deal with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lombard… Four new depots and more than 4,000 portable accommodation units have been purchased by a manufacturer and hirer of modular buildings. Essex-based firm Wernick Group, which employs over 600 members of...

Innovation and skills on the agenda

Louise Murphy of The Construction Equipment Association details their recent Annual conference that highlighted innovation, infrastructure, skills and investment… Innovation, infrastructure, skills and investment were amongst the topics discussed at this year’s annual conference alongside market prospects and technology. Kicking off the conference proceedings was broadcaster and journalist Nick Higham who...
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Bricks, blocks, and precast concrete set for growth

New research expects the demand for bricks, blocks, and precast concrete to increase as confidence in UK construction returns… Between 2012 and 2014 the bricks, blocks, and precast concrete market saw a significant growth of around 25 per cent. According to a new report from AMA Research, 2015 is expected to...

The Future of Construction Plant Hire

Kevin Minton, Director of The Construction Plant Hire Association provides the highlights of their 2015 conference… The Construction Plant-hire Association’s 2015 conference was a huge success, with record numbers of delegates attending to hear a wide range of speakers from a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Welcoming visitors to the...
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Shorter hours vote saves JCB jobs

Employees working at Staffordshire machinery firm JCB have voted to work shorter hours over the next three months to prevent redundancies… Earlier this month JCB announced it was facing 290 compulsory redundancies in a bid to cut costs. Now, shop floor employees have voted to work shorter hours over the...
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A year of solid growth for CCG

Construction and manufacturing firm CCG Ltd has reported a strong yearly growth during a difficult period for the sector… During a challenging period for the construction sector, CCG (Scotland) Ltd has reported it saw significant growth in its profits. The construction and manufacturing firm reported during the year to March 2015...
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A welcome boost for the steel industry

Natasha Levanti, ACE Group Communications Executive details how British steel suppliers may get a welcome boost from new procurement guidelines announced by the UK Government… Recently, several firms within the UK steel sector have gone out of business due to falling prices in conjunction with increased global competition. As a...
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Offsite construction and timber sees massive growth

The move to offsite construction and timber systems has grown significantly due to a shortage in skills… Leading provider Stewart Milne Timber Systems has reported an increase in demand for its products. According to the firm enquiries have increased by 70 per cent in the year to date as contractors...
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Caterpillar continues to reduce costs through staff cuts

Thousands of workers are set to lose their jobs as Caterpillar continues with plans to consolidate its operations in a bid to save billions… It has been a bad few months for plant equipment firm Caterpillar. The company, which is in the process of cutting costs, has reportedly notified thousands...
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A-Plant eyes expansion in Scotland

Plant and tool hire firm A-Plant is seeking to expand its operations into Scotland, it has emerged… The plant and tool hire sector has been something of a mixed bag lately, with some firms enjoying success off the back of growing construction demand and others struggling to balance the books. A-Plant...
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100 jobs to be cut at Caterpillar’s NI operations

Plant equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has announced 100 jobs are set to be cut as revenues fall… In a major blow for the plant equipment sector, manufacturer Caterpillar has revealed 100 jobs are to be cut at its Northern Ireland operations. The firm currently employs around 2,000 people at Larne and Monkstown....
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Building supplier doubles pre-tax profit

Building supplier John N Dunn Group reported it has seen an increase in turnover and has more than doubled its pre-tax profit… It has seemingly been a good few months for building suppliers, with a number of firms reporting a growth in profits. This has been helped by the government’s drive...
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290 shop floor jobs under threat at JCB

A decline in demand for construction equipment has put nearly 300 jobs at risk at one of the UK’s largest suppliers… Staffordshire-based firm JCB has confirmed it is in discussions with trade unions over the potential loss of staff at a number of its factories. It is thought up to...
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Malcolm Group profits increase 11 per cent

Logistics and construction services company Malcolm Group has seen profits increase by around 11 per cent over the past year… Renfrewshire-based Malcolm Group saw annual trading profits increase by around 11 per cent on the back of increased turnover. The company, which employs more than 2,000 people and has operations in...
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Newport construction supplier set to double turnover

A Newport supplier of construction equipment is expected to record a turnover of more than double the expected target… Altraxx Plant Services was launched in March 2014. The firm was helped off the ground by a £150,000 loan from Finance Wales, which was used to build up its hire fleet,...
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Jewson turns around loss-making branches

Builders’ merchant Jewson has reported sales have improved at a number of loss-making branches, pushing the firm back into the black… Coventry-based builders’ merchant Jewson has seen a number of stores improve their financial outcome, it has emerged. The firm, which can trace its history back to its first branch opening...
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GAP purchases 100 new telehandlers

In a deal worth £4.5m, GAP Hire Solutions has purchased over 100 new telehandlers… Plant equipment rental company GAP Hire Solutions has placed an order for more than 100 new telehandlers in a multimillion pound deal. The order, which was shared between JCB and Manitou, will see the firm’s current stock...

Offsite delivery in a digital world

Shaun McCarthy OBE, Chair of the Supply Chain School explains how building for the future is being delivered… The launch of the Offsite Management School in March this year issued a clarion call to the construction sector at large to engage with offsite methodologies as a matter of urgency. In...
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Building supply firm gains Foresight Group investment

A building supplier has secured capital investment from infrastructure firm Foresight Group… Kent-based business Folkestone Fixings will receive significant development capital investment, it has emerged. The firm, which supplies tools, fixings, fasteners, and general building products, has received £4m investment from the Foresight Group—an independent infrastructure and private equity investment...

Visibility from earth-moving machinery – how is it looking?

Malcolm Kent, Technical Consultant to the Construction Equipment Association examines the progress on a new standard for machine visibility, and the complications that are faced… If you are in any way involved in the safety of earth-moving machinery you probably already know that there is a problem with the technical...
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The significance of steel re-use

Gary Newman, Executive Chair at the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, summarises their involvement in creating a circular business model for the steel industry… The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) is commencing work on a new project funded by Innovate UK, exploring a circular business model: one where ‘resources...
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Planning delays reduce the demand for bricks

Problems with the planning process have led to a decreased demand for bricks used in housebuilding, it has emerged… Michelmersh Brick Holdings, the largest manufacturer of specialist bricks, has warned stamp duty on expensive properties, as well as delays in the planning process were the main reasons behind the fall...
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Jarvie Plant Group prepares for growth

Jarvie Plant Group is readying itself to deal with increased demand from Scotland’s construction sector… Grangemouth-based plant hire firm Jarvie Plant Group has revealed it will invest millions of pounds to ensure it is able to meet upcoming demands from the construction sector. The firm, which was founded in 1960 by...

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Plant, Equipment & Supplies News

Plant, Equipment & Supplies News focuses on building products, excavation works, heavy machinery and the UK plant hire market. This section will give you an insight into the latest guides for how to handle machinery and how the construction equipment sector is coping in today’s climate.

From big firms like JCB and the most recent innovations in the industry the Plant, Equipment & Supplies News section has a range of articles for your viewing pleasure.