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Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery well on Track FRANKFURT/GERMANY, July 19, 2017 – Following a good start to the new year, the upward trend has continued both in the construction equipment and the building material machinery industry. The sector expects to increase its total turnover by 5 percent by the end of the year to around 14.6 billion Euros. >more
European Construction Equipment Market performs well BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 29, 2017 – CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, has released the Annual Economic Report 2017 which contains an overview of the macro economic situation in Europe and focuses on the construction equipment industry in particular. According to the report, Europe was among the top growth regions in 2016 and the forecast given for 2017 expects a slight upward tendency. >more
German Construction Equipment Industry increased Turnover in 2016 FRANKFURT/GERMANY, March 3, 2017 – In 2016, German manufacturers of construction equipment achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros which is an increase of 3 percent compared to 2015. Within the same period world sales of construction equipment declined by 1 percent. Thus, German companies performed slightly better than the world market. In 2017, they expect another increase in sales by 3 percent. >more
Positive Market Signals for bauma Conexpo India GURGAON/INDIA, October 21, 2016 – India is currently the only national market in Asia experiencing growing construction machinery sales. And growth is forecast for the next few years as well: Good leading indicators for bauma Conexpo India, which will be held from December 12 to 15, 2016 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. >more
CECE Congress 2016: European Construction Machinery Sector embraces digital Transformation PRAGUE/CZECH REPUBLIC, October 10, 2016 – The European construction machinery sector embraces digital transformation as a driver of success. Leaders from the industry gathered at the CECE Congress 2016 in Prague to discuss trends and challenges concerning the future of the sector's technology. Furthermore, CECE expects full-year growth of the European market of between 5% and 10% in 2016. >more
bauma China 2016: Patchy Upward Trend SHANGHAI/CHINA, October 6, 2016 – The Chinese construction industry continues to find the going tough. Against this backdrop, what technical equipment will be especially in demand in China in the years ahead? The eighth edition of bauma China will be taking place in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 22 to 25 this year. >more
Scene for future Ideas: Debut for Innovation Plaza at Wasser Berlin International 2017 BERLIN/GERMANY, September 20, 2016 – Innovations are key to ensuring growth and employment. That is why the Innovation Plaza will be celebrating its debut at Wasser Berlin International 2017. As a place for holding creative meetings and exchanging new ideas it will be the focus of a dedicated area in Hall 3. >more
400 Billion US Dollars worth of Construction Projects ongoing in Dubai DUBAI/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 12, 2016 – Dubai’s construction industry knows no standstill. According to BNC’s “Dubai Construction Market 2016” report commissioned by The Big 5, the largest construction industry event in the Middle East, over 3,700 projects are currently ongoing across the Emirate. Their total value is estimated around 400 billion US dollars. >more
Wasser Berlin International: Congress highlights future Challenges for the Water Industry BERLIN/GERMANY, September 8, 2016 – In the years to come the water industry will face huge challenges both at national and international level, particularly where the environment and sustainability are concerned. At the Congress of Wasser Berlin International – taking place in the German capital from 28 to 31 March 2017 – the latest issues and developments around the topic of water will be discussed. Trade visitors can find products, services and solutions from every part of the water industry. >more
VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery: Great Differences across Markets FRANKFURT/GERMANY, August 22, 2016 – The global outlook in the construction equipment and building material machinery markets differs significantly. For construction equipment the forecast for 2016 remains at plus 3%, while the prospects for building material are subdued – the sector lacks growth markets. >more
Wacker Neuson plans to open new Factory in China PINGHU/CHINA, June 22, 2016 – The Wacker Neuson Group is planning to open a new plant near Shanghai in China. Initially compact excavators will be produced for the local market, further products will follow. It is planned that the first compact excavator should roll off the production line at the beginning of 2018. >more
More than 2,400 Companies already signed up for bauma China SHANGHAI/CHINA, June 17, 2016 – The economic conditions in China, especially in the construction sector, remain volatile. Nevertheless, bauma China, being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 22 to 25, will continue to be used as a presentation platform by many of the big names on the local and international stage. >more
Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in Verona: Federcostruzioni and SaMoTer join Forces in the Italian Construction Sector VERONA/ITALY, May 18, 2016 – Joint initiatives during the run-up to the 30th edition of the earth moving and building machinery exhibition scheduled at Veronafiere 22-25 February 2017 alongside Asphaltica and Transpotec Logitec: Federcostruzioni and SaMoTer sign Partnership Agreement. >more
Wacker Neuson Group confident for 2016 – despite a difficult Start to the Year MUNICH/GERMANY, May 17, 2016 – During the first quarter of 2016, international light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson continued to feel the impact of difficult conditions across many of its markets. Although Wacker Neuson managed to maintain revenue at almost the same level as the prior-year quarter, it reported lower profit figures for the period. Company management has confirmed its forecast for fiscal 2016. >more
IE expo 2016 – Asian Environmental Market defies Chinese economic Slowdown SHANGHAI/CHINA, May 12, 2016 – The IE expo 2016, which took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from May 5 to 7, was a success: 1,303 exhibitors (+ 20 percent) and 43,000 visitors (+ 7 percent) attended the environmental technology show. Organisers concluded that the demand for environmental technology is still on the rise. >more
First IE expo Guangzhou taking place in November GUANGZHOU/CHINA, April 25, 2016 – Between November 24 and 26, 2016, the first IE expo Guangzhou will be taking place in the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. The regional spin-off of IE expo is supposed to be an environmental hub for China. What is the aim of the event? >more
Annual CECE Economic Report 2016 BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 30, 2016 – According to the Annual CECE Economic Report 2016, the European construction equipment market performs relatively well in global comparison. But what is the forecast for the future like? >more
THINK BIG! Live at bauma 2016 MUNICH/GERMANY, February 8, 2016 – Following its successful launch at bauma in 2013, the second “THINK BIG!” initiative is being held at bauma 2016 in Munich. On 3,000 square meters of space, “THINK BIG!” will feature a programme focusing on technical training, educational and career opportunities in the construction and building materials machinery industry. >more
bauma Innovation Award: Nominations Announced MUNICH/GERMANY, January 25, 2016 – The nominations for the bauma Innovation Award 2016 have been made. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München, announced the fifteen nominated companies and their innovations on the occasion of the bauma Media Dialog in Munich. The winners will be honored on the evening before bauma starts, in a ceremony at the Allerheiligen Hofkirche (Court Church of All Saints) in the Munich Residenz. >more
LiuGong supports Sino-Thai Railway Project CHIANG RAK NOI/THAILAND, January 7, 2016 – The kick-off ceremony of the Sino-Thai Railway project has taken place in Chiang Rak Noi Railway station, Bang Pa-in District. The Sino-Thai Railway aims to achieve interoperability between Thailand and China by rail. Construction equipment manufacturer LiuGong participates in the project. >more
Excon 2015: Sany India Targets Market Leadership BANGALORE/INDIA, December 31, 2015 – Chinese construction equipment major Sany unveiled its big plans at this year’s Excon. The Chinese giant wants to reach out for the market leadership in India’s construction equipment sector, one of the world’s biggest potential future markets. >more
Excon 2015: XCMG equipment joins Schwing-Stetter brand in India BANGALORE/INDIA, December 29, 2015 – Schwing Stetter India is expanding its well-known portfolio of concrete-related construction equipment with wheel loaders and a motor grader from its mother XCMG. Taking the momentum from the second half of 2015, Schwing Stetter managed to transform many visitors’ interest into direct sales at the event. Looking forward, the company’s management sets expectations high. >more
Excon 2015: Wacker Neuson Introduces Mini-Excavators in South Asia BANGALORE/INDIA, December 28, 2015 – In India, economic growth and mechanization are finally back on the agenda. Wacker Neuson, one of the leading manufacturers of light equipment for various applications on construction sites, went ahead and launched mini excavators and wheeled dumpers in India at this year’s Excon in Bangalore. >more
Excon 2015: India is finally Back on Track BANGALORE/INDIA, December 23, 2015 – After a long period of stagnation, India is finally back on the growth track. For the construction machinery industry, this meant a very busy and successful Excon 2015, South Asia’s biggest construction equipment trade fair. But the best part of the story is that this is likely just the beginning of good times ahead in the Indian market. >more
China strives for improvement on waste management and recycling SHANGHAI/CHINA, December 7, 2015 – With waste volumes increasing and landfill capacity declining, the Chinese government is looking more and more towards waste incineration and recycling. The IE expo 2016 in Shanghai may play an important role on Chinas way to reducing the stake of waste ending up in landfill sites. >more
LiuGong Dealers Discuss Future Strategies NANNING/CHINA, December 4, 2015 – 300 representatives from more than 50 countries gathered in China to review LiuGong’s recent performance and discuss future strategies. Top management also attended the two-days event. >more
LiuGong opens a new Training Center in Brazil SAO PAULO/BRAZIL, November 27, 2015 – LiuGong recently opened a new training center at its factory in Mogi Guaçu, São Paulo, Brazil. LiuGong says this is just another step towards constantly improving its customer service. >more
LiuGong: Cranes for Antarctica SHANGHAI/CHINA, November 20, 2015 – A ship carrying a LiuGong TC250-4 Crane recently set sail for the South Pole from Shanghai to assist in the operations of a Chinese research facility. This is the second LiuGong crane to be sent to the South Pole, where it will meet with a range of other chill-proven machines from the LiuGong family. >more
China’s Sany Group to invest $3 billion in renewable energy sector in India CHANGSHA/CHINA, October 31, 2015 – China’s construction equipment manufacturer Sany Group announced investments of USD 3 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) to develop 2,000 mega watt of renewable energy projects in India. >more
New Location for bauma Conexpo India 2016 DELHI/INDIA, October 14, 2015 – The organizers of the bC India announce the trade fair had been renamed to bauma Conexpo India and shifted to a new location. It is now much easier accessible from Delhi city centre and Delhi airport. >more
Komatsu opens first production base in Myanmar MANDALAY/MYANMAR, October 8, 2015 - Komatsu Ltd. has established Komatsu Manufacturing Myanmar (KMM), a wholly owned manufacturing and sales subsidiary of Reman components of construction and mining equipment as well as power generators, in Mandalay. >more
IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa had its premiere in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 2, 2015 - IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa successfully celebrated its premiere from September 15 to 18, 2015 in the Johannesburg Expo Centre with 116 exhibitors from 13 countries, over 2,000 visitors from 42 countries and 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. >more
LiuGong Wins Eritrea Government Procurement Project LIUZHOU/CHINA, September 25, 2015 – Chinese construction equipment manufacturer LiuGong has won a large equipment procurement project tendered by the government of Eritrea. It’s the third time LiuGong is awarded a procurement tender in Eritrea. >more
CECE-CEMA Summit puts disruptive technology in the Spotlight BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, July 16, 2015 - Digital technologies and new business models are transforming traditional value chains in the construction equipment industry. The implications this has for the whole sector and its people, companies, construction processes, for Europe as a manufacturing location, and for the design of suitable EU regulations will be discussed at the CECE CEMA Summit, held in Brussels on the 23rd and 24th September. >more
Mexico Announces Tenders for New Mega Airport MEXICO CITY/MEXICO, July 9, 2015 – For the construction of a new airport for 120 million passengers, Mexico has announced it will award the first 21 construction contracts by the end of the year. The airport is going to set a number of firsts in Latin America. >more
European Investment Bank Helps Overcome Water Shortages in Malawi LILONGWE/MALAWI, July 7, 2015 – The European Investment bank will support water infrastructure construction in Malawi with 50 million euro. As the urban population is on the rise, these measures are critical to provide hundreds of thousands of inhabitants of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe who are suffering from water rationing. >more
India Launches 100 Smart Cities Mission NEW DELHI/INDIA, July 01, 2015 – Criticized for its woeful infrastructure and shoddy construction practices, the Indian government launches three ambitious schemes, which are likely to give a much needed boost to the construction sector in the country. >more
Landmark Tunnel Construction Project in Qatar Awarded to Hochtief ESSEN/GERMANY, June 29, 2015 – Qatar, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is experiencing an unprecedented construction spree in the wake of the 2022 FIFA world cup. German company Hochtief wins one such big ticket project. >more
Malaysia: Surviving in a challenging construction market KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA, June 22, 2015 – Construction companies and property developers are resorting to survival tactics in current challenging times in the Malaysian real estate market. >more
Expanding market for Pumps in India MUMBAI/INDIA, June 18, 2015 - Technology for processing drinking water and treating wastewater—and the many kinds of pumps needed for this—is one of the main exhibition sections at IFAT India. India´s leading environmental technology fair will be taking place for the third time at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai, between October 13 and 15, 2015. This event will again be bringing together decision-makers and users of this technology with the international companies that supply high-tech products and services, including from the pumps segment. >more
IFAT Draws Impressive Numbers MUNICH/GERMANY, JUNE 11, 2015- IFAT, an international exhibition for strategies and new solutions in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management is drawing keen interest from new and past exhibitors. A year ahead of the start, about 200 new exhibitors have already lined up for the 2016 event. >more
“One Belt, One Road”: XCMG Advances Westwards XUZHOU (JIANGSU)/CHINA, June 10, 2015 – Envoys from 18 countries gathered at XCMG’s headquarters in order to launch the “New Silk Road, New Service” campaign. XCMG’s advance is closely related to the government’s new campaign, which aims to develop countries along the traditional Silk Road and open new markets for their local equipment manufacturers. >more
Thailand: Boom of Luxury Residential Construction Market BANGKOK/THAILAND, June 8 2015 – The number of new condominiums in Bangkok’s central business district is expected to surge 64% to 12,000 units this year, 70% of them driven by the high-end and luxury segments, according to property consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), Thailand. >more
Japanese Government to Develop Eleven Industrial Townships in India NEW DELHI/INDIA, June 2, 2015 – Under the reins of its new prime minister, rapidly industrializing India has been witnessing loads of investments in its infrastructure sector for some time. Japan is helping one of the fastest growing Asian economies to develop eleven industrial townships across the country. >more
Strong Start to the Year for the Wacker Neuson Group MUNICH/GERMANY, May 30, 2015 – The Wacker Neuson Group has reported a rise in revenue and profit for the first quarter of 2015. The Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer experienced its strongest growth in the Americas region, however failed to meet its targets for light equipment sales. The Group has confirmed its forecast for fiscal 2015. >more
New Summit: Transportation in the South Caspian Region ISTANBUL/TURKEY, May 26, 2015 – After the expected suspension of sanctions against Iran, the large country in the south Caspian region promises to be a large, growing market. At a conference in Turkey, the country’s air, road and sea transportation and critical infrastructure topics are addressed. >more
India Builds its First 'Smart' City GANDHINAGAR/INDIA, May 15, 2015 - In order to accommodate its ever increasing urban population, the Indian Government builds the first smart city of the country at Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat. But what exactly makes a city “smart”? >more
Weakness in China Dents Volvo Construction Equipment’s First Quarter GOTHENBURG/SWEDEN, May 14, 2015 – An improvement in European and North American sales in the first quarter of 2015 were more than offset by continued weakness in Asia – particularly China, where sales were half what they were in the same period in 2014 – reducing Volvo Construction Equipment total sales by 5% during the period, compared to the previous year. >more
India Urges German Business Leaders to Invest in Construction HANNOVER/GERMANY, May 11, 2015 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for more investments in infrastructure. Addressing a joint summit meeting of Indo-German business leaders in Hannover, Modi made a strong pitch for investment in constructing 50 million houses in India by 2022. >more
Jordan’s Minister for Water and Irrigation: “Germany is our most important partner” BERLIN/GERMANY, April 29, 2015 - At the Wasser Berlin International, bi-ConstructionNews partner bi-UmweltBau had the chance to interview Jordan’s minister for water and irrigation, Dr. Hazim El-Naser. He commented on the current water supply situation in his country and spoke about the value of know how and technology from Germany to tackle these issues of vital importance for the population. >more
Metsearch: New Sector Portal for Metal-working Industries DÜSSELDORF/GERMANY, April 28, 2015 – With immediate effect, the new sector portal Metsearch will be offering a comprehensive and complete product and company database across the various metal-working sectors. >more
Organizers happy with first IFAT Eurasia ANKARA/TURKEY, April 28, 2015 - IFAT Eurasia 2015 celebrated its conclusion with 11,000 visitors in Ankara. Overall, 243 exhibitors from 19 countries participated in the premiere of the new environmental technology trade fair in Turkey, which the organizers call a “bridge to surrounding markets”. >more
European Construction Industry confident for 2015 PARIS, April 27, 2015 – The European Construction Equipment sector is picking up. While 2015 is expected to finally bring back growth to Southern European markets, the equipment manufacturers demand help from the European Commission. >more
Record Number of Exhibitors Expected at IE expo 2015 in Shanghai SHANGHAI/CHINA, April 20, 2015 - In approximately two weeks, once again, IE expo (IFAT China/EPTEE/CWS) opens its gates at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). For the first time ever, the number of exhibitors is approaching the 1,000 mark. The organizers attribute this growth to an increase in the number of participants in the sectors for air purification as well as refuse disposal and recycling. Asia's leading environmental technology trade fair takes place from May 6–8, 2015. >more
Fourth Overseas Factory: LiuGong Invests in Brazil SAO PAULO/BRASIL, April 17, 2015 – LiuGong, one of China’s large construction machine manufacturers, announced it will spend R$ 120 million (37 million Euro) in the country during the opening ceremony of its first factory in Brazil. The plant is located in Mogi Guaçu, a city located in the countryside, 180 km from São Paulo. LiuGong plans to deliver the first equipment from April 2015. >more
Eurasia Tunnel: Bauer Installs Diaphragm Wall on the Bosphorus ISTANBUL/TURKEY, April 14, 2015 – The 5.4-kilometer-long twin-deck Eurasia tunnel, a large part of which will cross the Bosphorus under the seabed, will connect the Asian part of Istanbul with its European part. >more
Cement Industry: Holcim and Lafarge Receive Clearance to Merge from Indian Competition Authorities ZURICH/SWITZERLAND and PARIS/FRANCE, April 10, 2015 – Two large players of the building materials industry unite to create an even bigger conglomerate. However, LafargeHolcim has to put up two of its production facilities in India for sale. >more
Dressta Sets New Focus on Tailored Construction Equipment STALOWA WOLA/POLAND, April 08, 2015 – Three years after the acquisition through Liu Gong, Polish equipment manufacturer Dressta announces big plans for the future. >more
Wasser Berlin International 2015: Successful restructuring BERLIN/GERMANY, April 01, 2015 – Berlin’s biennial trade show on water and wastewater technology concluded with happy organizers and exhibitors. Companies and associations at the fair praised the high levels of International guests. This was the second time the trade show was held together with the No Dig Congress on trenchless technology. >more
Would the outcome of the presidential election in Nigeria have a major impact on foreign construction companies? ABUJA/NIGERIA, April 01, 2015 - The new elected president of Nigeria is General Muhammadu Buhari. The former military head of state has won the presidential election against Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan by winning more than 25% of votes in 27 states with an overall result of 52%. >more
Egypt Aims at New Capital City Built from Scratch SHARM EL-SHEIKH/EGYPT, March 25, 2015 – Egypt’s president Al-Sisi has announced the country will build a new capital city in the desert east of Cairo. While the dimensions and aspirations with regards to quality of life are ambitious, serious questions concerning the feasibility of the project stay unanswered. Funding and sustainable economic success remain doubtful. >more
CECE: European construction equipment market was the second most dynamic region in 2014 BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 17, 2015 - The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) released its annual economic report. The European market saw some remarkable, yet unevenly distributed growth. While Germany and the UK continue to boom, southern Europe and Russia remain difficult markets. >more
Strong demand for first IFAT Eurasia in Ankara ANKARA/TURKEY, March 12, 2015 - Around six weeks before the start of IFAT Eurasia, all the available space in the exhibition halls is fully booked—an additional outdoor area is therefore now being organized to offer additional capacity. The premiere of this environmental technology show takes place in Ankara, between April 16 and 18, 2015. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part THREE DELHI/INDIA, January 28, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part TWO DELHI/INDIA, January 26, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part ONE DELHI/INDIA, January 23, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
Bauma China 2014 – exceeding expectations SHANGHAI/CHINA, January 9, 2015 - The trade fair bauma China 2014 took place in November and was praised once again for its internationality as well as quantity and quality of visitors. The Chinese equipment manufacturers showed their improved performance and capabilities. And it was obvious that they are likely going to expand their export efforts. >more
India’s Infrastructure & Construction Equipment Industry – an Overview DELHI/INDIA, December 2, 2014 - A well-developed infrastructure is a foundation for growth in any country, paving the way for a better quality of life and a rapid rise in gross domestic product (GDP), especially for developing countries such as India. Construction sector in India is considered to be the second largest employer and contributor to economic activity, after agriculture sector. >more
Foreign Construction Companies vs Ebola and other nightmares KIEL/GERMANY, November 18, 2014 - The outbreak of Ebola, Boko Haram rampaging, political unrest, expatriates being killed or kidnapped – while Sub Sahara African economies are fast growing, crisis management of foreign construction companies participating in the region is at its peak. >more
Construction Equipment Industry calls for Efforts to boost Production in Europe BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, October 21, 2014 - In a fast and ever changing environment, construction equipment companies need to be flexible and agile to cope with unpredictable markets, a demanding regulatory environment, and the need to deliver the latest technology. At a press conference, Eric Lepine, President of CECE, the Committee of European Construction Equipment, called on EU policy makers to play their part, too, in ensuring a strong, competitive industrial production in Europe. >more
Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a 3-year Cycle after 2015 JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, August 27, 2014 - Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. >more
bC India on firm Ground despite difficult Market DELHI/INDIA, August 21, 2014 - Following the economic crisis of the past few years, now that India has formed a new government, once again its economy is characterized by an atmosphere of guarded optimism that is increasingly influencing India's construction and construction-machinery sector. >more
Seal of Approval: Recognizing an Ecological Manufacturer WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, May 20, 2014 - Ecological and sustainable developments have also played an increasingly important role in the construction sector. Manufacturers, planners and construction companies are taking on more responsibility towards the environment and society as a whole. An example of this is the formwork and scaffolding manufacturer Peri, whose material for its plywood sheets originates from sustainable forests. >more
Westag & Getalit AG: Sales Performance slightly slowed down by Exports RHEDA-WIEDENBRUECK/GERMANY, April 10, 2014 - Westag & Getalit AG reports sales of EUR 224.2 million for the past financial year, a figure slightly below the strong sales of EUR 227.4 in the prior year. >more
BGV-Managing Director Rittmann as Expert at great EU-Africa-Forum DUSSELDORF/GERMANY, April 9, 2014 - Economic growth and increasing cooperation between Europe and Africa were then main topics during the 5. EU-Africa Business Forum held at Brussels. The deputy chief executive officer of the Baugewerbliche Verbände and managing director of the Deutsche Auslandsbau-Verband, Heinz G. Rittmann, rated among the 450 participants. >more
Powerscreen honours Top 3 Distributors DUNGANNON, CO. TYRONE/NORTHERN IRELAND, April 7, 2014 - Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment, presented awards to their distributors. >more
Nominees in the GreenTec Awards announced MUNICH/GERMANY, April 7, 2014 - Preparations for the IFAT Gala Night on Sunday, May 4th, are entering the next round. At this event, on the evening before the start of IFAT (May 5–9, 2014), the winners of the GreenTec Awards will be announced and presented with their prizes. >more
Wacker Neuson remains on Expansion Path in 2014 MUNICH/GERMANY, April 2, 2014 - In spite of difficult market conditions, Munich-based light and compact construction equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson managed to further increase Group revenue and profitability in 2013. Having reached its targets for 2013, Wacker Neuson now aims to remain on this growth path through 2014. >more
Deliveries up 9% for Volvo in fourth Quarter due to Market Improvement BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 21, 2014 - A slowly recovering global market helped Volvo Construction Equipment round off 2013 with sales up 3% in the fourth quarter, deliveries up 9% and improved market share, especially in compact equipment, while demand in the mining segment remains soft. >more
Grammer AG with new Record in 2013 AMBERG/GERMANY, March 6, 2014 - In 2013 fiscal year Grammer AG was able to once again substantially improve the previous year’s good results despite ongoing volatile market conditions. On the basis of preliminary figures for fiscal year 2013, Grammer achieved new record revenue of EUR 1.265 billion at the group level, an increase of more than EUR 130 million (2012: EUR 1.133 billion). >more
VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery: Optimistic for 2014 FRANKFURT(MAIN)/GERMANY, February 25, 2014 – Compared to the previous year, turnover in the German construction equipment and building material machinery industry declined slightly in 2013 by six percent to the current figure of 11.7 billion Euro. Nevertheless, the industry is entering 2014 in an optimistic mood. Incoming orders for construction equipment are currently up by seven percent. >more
SMOPYC 2014 – Preview and Diagnosis of the Sector ZARAGOZA/SPAIN, February 11, 2014 - The preparations are well underway for the SMOPYC 2014, which is to take place at the Zaragoza Exhibition Center from 1st to 5th April. The main associations in the sector are to attend the show, completing the agenda of parallel activities, including the organization of reverse trade missions from international markets such as the United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Turkey and Iran, among others. >more
New public Procurement Package: A missed Opportunity BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 23, 2014 - An adoption by the European Parliament of the three directives of the public procurement package (classical, utilities and concessions) opens the way for entry into force of the new rules before the European elections, with a two-year transposition period. >more
BAU goes to China MUNICH, January 22, 2014 - BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is now positioning itself in China, the world ́s biggest construction market. On July 8 and 9, 2014, the first "BAU Congress China" will be taking place in Beijing. >more
Deubaukom focused strongly on Architects and Engineers ESSEN/GERMANY, January 21, 2014 - "Deubaukom has proven that it is the ideal platform in order to network sectoral associations, architecture and the housing industry with each other. The competence centres and the stronger focusing on these target groups were crucial for this purpose," Oliver P. Kuhrt, Chairman and CEO of Messe Essen, and Egon Galinnis, Managing Director of Messe Essen, are in agreement. >more
Ritchie Bros. completes final Auctions of 2013 VANCOUVER/CANADA, January 13, 2014 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold approximately $3.8 billion of equipment at 356 unreserved auctions around the world in 2013. This represents a 3% decrease in gross auction proceeds (GAP) compared to the record GAP the Company generated last year. >more
Light at the End of the Tunnel – Impressions of Excon India BANGALORE/INDIA, December 18, 2013 - The Indian construction industry met under dark economic clouds at this year’s Excon trade fair in Bangalore, but spots an upcoming bright spot: 2014’s general elections spark new hope for greater growth and a more intensive infrastructure development. It is necessary after all, as is mutually agreed. >more
Environmental Protection in China thanks to Quality Growth MUNICH, December 17, 2013 - The Chinese government is planning to ensure the far-reaching process of urbanization currently taking place in the People's Republic progresses in as tolerable and acceptable way as possible. This also includes paying more attention to ecological aspects. A direct consequence of this is a massive rise in investment in environmental technology. >more
Major Investment in China's Transport Infrastructure SHANGHAI/CHINA, December 9, 2013 - Taking place between November 25 and 28, 2014, in Shanghai is bauma China, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Construction Vehicles and Equipment. Although currently challenging, the market in China still offers significant potential, not least because the state is investing heavily in infrastructure – and this is just one of the drivers behind an acceleration in growth in the Chinese construction sector. >more
Caterpillar announces Customer-focused Solution for Tier 4 used Equipment Migration to lesser regulated Countries PEORIA, ILLINOIS/USA, November 22, 2013 - Caterpillar Inc. announced its strategy for meeting the needs of customers in lesser regulated countries selling and purchasing used Tier 4 Interim products for operation in lesser regulated countries, where prevailing fuel quality and fuel sulfur content vary widely. Based on extensive testing, analysis and field validation, Caterpillar has determined that Cat® Tier 4 Interim engine systems between 130kW and 895 kW (7-32L engines) will not require any modification to operate in lesser regulated countries. >more
Wacker Neuson reports highest 9M Revenue since the Merger MUNICH/GERMANY, November 13, 2013 - Despite the difficult economic climate, Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson reported an upturn in business in the third quarter of 2013. The Group remains committed to its forecast for 2013. >more
India's Water Sector needs innovative and adapted Solutions BERLIN/GERMANY, November 11, 2013 - At the 1st German Water Partnership Day on 22 October in Bangalore (Federal State of Karnataka in south-western India) and at IFAT India in Mumbai German and Indian experts discussed the challenges facing the Indian water sector but also opportunities of cooperation. >more
Terex warns about Counterfeit Cranes ZWEIBRÜCKEN/GERMANY, November 5, 2013 – Terex Cranes announces that it is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex crawler crane models originating from China. Similar to the incident reports of 2011, the Terex CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane is the crane model of choice for the copycat manufacturers. >more
Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation for perfect Drinking Water Pipes SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, October 29, 2013 – The quality and availability of water is essential for human health and the ecological system, and it is a basis for economic growth and development. Every year about 3.5 million people die as a result of poor water supply – and the world population is steadily growing. In addition to the challenges which water management faces in regard to the increasing demand for water, this year's United Nations international year of water cooperation has also pushed questions to the foreground concerning the accessibility and distribution of water, as well as water services. >more
IE expo 2014 expands Sector for Air Pollution Control MUNICH/GERMANY, October 22, 2013 - During the next few years, environmental protection and improving the quality of the air in particular are one of the key topics facing the Chinese government. To adapt itself to the special needs of the Chinese market, IE expo 2014 is expanding the sector for air pollution control by adding new product categories. In doing so, it is reinforcing its leading position as China's largest trade fair for environmental technology. >more
bauma Africa: A Construction Industry Trade Fair of international Standard JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 10, 2013 - “Yes, we can!” This must have been the attitude with which the Messe München International decided to organise the first International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles in Africa. 14,700 registered trade visitors from more than 110 countries came to this year’s premiere the trade fair, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from September 18 to 21, 2013. All in all, 754 exhibitors – 123 from South Africa and 631 that are headquartered abroad – from 38 countries attended bauma Africa. >more
Intermat 2015 presents new Show Layout and Product Segmentation PARIS/FRANCE, October 1, 2013 - Intermat 2015 is the professionally-backed trade show that builds on its achievements, with a clearly asserted position on EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) markets, representing 82% of its visitors, and offering unparalleled access to the French construction market which is worth €206.6 billion in annual sales*. >more
UK Mining-Equipment Exporters target China WAKEFIELD/ENGLAND, September 9, 2013 - World coal production rose by an estimated 2% last year to 7,865 million tonnes (Mt), and China increased its dominant role with an almost 4% rise in output to 3,650 Mt (representing over 47% of the global total). The second largest coal producer, the USA, produced only 922 Mt in 2012 after a 7% fall in output. >more
Water Treatment at IFAT 2014: Disinfection Systems in demand Worldwide MUNICH/GERMANY, September 5, 2013 - The extraction and processing of water, and treatment of wastewater and sewage, are core themes at the world’s leading environmental technology trade show, IFAT. At the last event in 2012, these subjects took up around 115,000 sqm of space out of an exhibition total of 215,000 sqm. For the next IFAT, which takes place from May 5 to 9, 2014, Messe München is expecting exhibitor participation in these segments to again be high – not least because of the ever increasing importance of this whole field. >more
Palfinger continues to profit from Internationalization SALZBURG/AUSTRIA, August 28, 2013 - In the first half of the 2013 financial year, the Palfinger Group managed to further expand its business despite the difficult economic environment, especially in Europe. With a moderate plus in revenue, the company performed well in comparison with other market players and managed to solidify its leading market position. This was based on the constantly positive development of the areas outside Europe as well as the strong performance of the Marine business area. Earnings also rose slightly above the satisfactory level recorded in 2012. >more
1st Indian-German Water Partnership Day in Bangalore BERLIN/GERMANY, August 26, 2013 - „German Solutions to Indian Challenges“ is the central theme of the event where the participants will examine the current situation of the Indian water market and discuss the capital expenditure requirements and technical approaches to develop a sustainable water management. >more
Deutz wins Record Level of new Orders COLOGNE/GERMANY, August 23, 2013 - The quarterly report recently presented by the company shows that Deutz AG delivered impressive results in the first half of 2013. In the first six months of this year the Company won the highest level of new orders ever achieved under its current business structure. >more
WACEE ’13 – Sustainable Energy for West Africa GHANA/WEST AFRICA, August 14, 2013 - The 2nd West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition and Conference, WACEE is scheduled to be held from 12 - 14 November 2013 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. Double-digit growth rates for West African imports of energy and electro technology as well as political stability make Ghana the natural gate towards the high potential West African market. >more
Emerging Markets as Chance for Valve Makers (Part II) DÜSSELDORF, August 7, 2013 – Some fear emerging markets, others place their bets on them. Competition from companies from threshold countries is growing rapidly, yet at the same time demand for machinery and plants from industrialized Western countries is high, in order to maintain the upswing. Read the second part of our view on emerging markets as opportunities for valve makers, starting with Brazil. >more
Emerging Markets as Chance for Valve Makers (Part I) DUSSELDORF/GERMANY, August 2, 2013 - Some fear emerging markets, others place their bets on them. Competition from companies from threshold countries is growing rapidly, yet at the same time demand for machinery and plants from industrialized Western countries is high, in order to maintain the upswing. One thing is certain – success has pampered emerging markets in the past years, even when other states were slightly weakened. In the end, this creates an opportunity in uncertain times for makers and exporters of industrial valves. >more
LiuGong establishes Operator-approved Approach to Sales Striking the optimum balance between satisfying an operator’s needs while appealing to the owner’s requirements for maximum productivity and efficiency is a delicate task that most manufacturers and dealers in the construction industry continually strive to achieve. LiuGong’s European dealers are taking a new approach to their sales method. The approach acknowledges the industry’s universal acceptance that, although not responsible for spending the money or signing the paperwork, the operator’s perception and decision is vital in selling machinery. >more
Construction Machineries Demand decreases after bauma FRANKFURT AM MAIN/GERMANY, July 16, 2013 – A weak start to the year followed by a gradual improvement throughout the following months: This forecast for the year 2013 on the economic development of its industry by VDMA’s association on construction equipment and building material machinery made in February seems to become even more true – although there are differences when looking at all the divisions the industry comprises. >more
Slowdown in Europe’s Construction Equipment Market MOSCOW/RUSSIA, June 13, 2013 - "Compared to other markets in Europe, Russia is doing fairly well for the European construction equipment industry”, says Ralf Wezel, Secretary General of CECE, the European Construction Equipment Association at CTT. The major construction equipment trade show in Russia took place from June 4 to 7 in Moscow. >more
Meeting the Challenge of Population Growth and Climate Change - FIEC’s Call to Action AMSTERDAM/THE NETHERLANDS, June 13, 2013 - In remarks concluding FIEC’s annual conference in Amsterdam, devoted this year to the theme of water management, FIEC President Thomas Schleicher, spoke clearly of the need of the EU and the Member States to urgently address adaptation to the effects of climate change without reducing parallel efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions. >more
Dow Corning’s Call for Tall Building Conference in London MIDLAND/MICHIGAN/USA, June 03, 2013 - Addressing the unique challenges of building tall in historic cities, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will host “Height and Heritage,” a conference and networking event scheduled for June 11 through 13 in London. >more
Central American Countries are Looking for German Technological Know-How ESSEN/GERMANY, June 03, 2013 - The hunger for energy is growing. In this respect, Cenral America’s governments in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama are focusing more and more on sustainable energy production: Not only solar energy, water power, wind energy and biomass but also geothermics in particular. >more
Russia hits the gas! DÜSSELDORF/GERMANY, May 27, 2013 - Time and again, the media sets its sites on pipelines. Whatever the case, valve makers are always in the winning team. >more
Uncertain prospects for Italy’s construction market VERONA/ITALY, March 27, 2013 - In 2013 Italy desperately wants to prevent company closures while waiting for measures to re-launch the sector. The construction world and manufacturers of sector machinery are expecting ups and downs for 2013. >more
From Skåne to Hamburg by alternative Fuel BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 7, 2013 - As part of a green growth strategy, String* is working for the expansion of sustainable infrastructure between Skåne in Sweden and Hamburg in Germany. Access to alternative fuels for a range of vehicles is part of this strategy and work. >more
Construction Sector worried about public Procurement Practice in Poland BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 2, 2013 - "Polish engineers and contractors continue to be concerned about the procurement rules and practices in the country despite recent changes in the procurement regulations and contract conditions," says Ulrich Paetzold, Director General of FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation coming out of a meeting with leading Polish consulting engineers and construction companies organised in Warsaw in December 2013. >more