Weekly News Round-up July 11th 2012
Construction Equipment News
Case compact truck loaders have been upgraded to comply with Tier 4-Interim engines. The SR250 and SV300 both now have a 90-horsepower engine (diesel) a particulate filter and an oxidising catalyst.
Hyundai Construction Equipment in India have launched their next generation wheel loader the SL730 and SL760. The new wheel loaders bring additional customer benefits in relation to performance reliability and serviceability. The two loaders have an operating weight of 10 200 kg and 17 200 kg respectively. they can be used in multiple applications and varied environments. Fuel consumption is reduced by an electromagnetic fan clutch which as well as reducing noise also reduces fuel consumption.
Boss Snowplow have added the B-10 and B-8 to its range of box snow ploughs. Both machines have a universal connector for making the connection of skis simpler. The two ploughs feature a trip-edge design which protects both the operator and the machine if an obstacle is encountered.
Conferences and Exhibitions
The World of Asphalt Show has been announced for March 19-21 in 2013. It will be held in San Antonio Texas. “World of Asphalt has a solid reputation as an industry gathering place and we value the active support of industry groups ” said show manager Rich Prausa. “Nothing beats face-to-face contact with industry peers to discuss current business challenges and what’s ahead and to check out the newest product innovations.”
Four industry groups are jointly hosting the conference this year the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers Rubber Pavements Association and the Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association will also host a meeting at the event.
Vulcan Materials have rejected a $4.9 billion takeover bid by Martin Marietta Materials. Vulcan Materials have urged their shareholders to reject the bid saying that it grossly undervalues the business taking advantage of a low point in the construction industry to offer a reduced bid.
Europe’s tallest building the Shard has been unveiled in London. At 310 metres the building dwarfs every other in London. The Shard includes offices restaurants a hotel and apartments. Developed by Irvine Sellar the building is expected to be a success despite Britain and Europe’s slow economies. The Shard will only hold the title for a short while however as the 332 metre Mercury City Tower in Moscow will be complete by the end of the year.
A coalition of construction industry specialists in South Australia is showing the way in raising awareness of the importance of the sector to people’s lives and the economy. It is an idea that could be well served across Europe. Nathan Paine, the executive director of the new coalition says that the problem with construction is that it is a ‘quiet achiever’. People interact with the construction industry nearly every day but are not aware of how much of their lives revolve around the built environment.
As Paine says “They wake up in a house built by the property industry. On the way to work they pass other homes and businesses planned designed certified plumbed and built by the industry.” The very infrastructure beneath our feet is a result of the construction industry. It is intrinsic to the way we live today. Raising awareness of the industry’s importance can only be a good thing for the sector as a whole.
Ever wanted to drive an excavator or work a bulldozer? Well now a company in Florida is offering the man on the street just that experience. Called “People at Play” the venture offers first-hand experience of working heavy equipment in a themed environment.Google+