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25 Road Building

35 Rental

41 GPS

Electronic control
systems in the European
road building equipment
sector are increasingly
important for enhancing
machine productivity.
Becca Wilkins reports.

Rental companies are


scaling back investment
as they adjust to the
weakening construction
sector. At the same
time, they are promoting
themselves as ideal
partners during difficult
market conditions.
Murray Pollok reports.

With new satellites being


launched, Steve Skinner
looks at connectivity
across the expanded
GNSS (Global Navigation
Satellite Systems)
network, how it will
influence applications
in construction and
where it could take the
industry.

FRONT COVER Demolition & recycling comes under


the spotlight on page 49 this month.

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49 Demolition & Recycling

MEMBER OF

The needs of demolition contractors have brought about


significant developments in the equipment sector. Lindsay
Gale from sister magazine Demolition & Recycling
Internationall reports.

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CONTENTS
INHALT
INHALT

20 FIEC
Nachrichten von Verband der
Europischen Bauwirtschaft

Volume 19 Number 10 December 2008

STAFF LIST
Editor Chris Sleight BEng (Hons)
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Deputy Editor Steve Skinner
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Deputy Editor Becca Wilkins
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Editorial Director Paul Marsden BSc
Editorial Team Lindsey Anderson, Alex Dahm,
Lindsay Gale, Maria Hadlow,
Righard High, Patrick Hill,
Murray Pollok, Euan Youdale
Law & Contract Neal Morris
Correspondent
CECE Report Produced in co-operation with
the Committee for European
Construction Equipment
FIEC Report Produced in co-operation with
the European Construction Industry
Federation
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Area Sales Manager Peter Sullivan
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Area Sales Manager Alister Williams
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Area Sales Manager Lynn Collett, UK Head Office
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Nachrichten
Regelmige Neuigkeiten aus der
Europischen Bauindustrie.

22 CECE
Nachrichten vom Europischen
Verband fr Bauausrstung.

Wirtschaft
Neues aus dem Bausektor.

55 Asrustung
12 CEE Barometer
62 Kleinanzeigen
15 Finanzen
berblick ber die neuesten Trends
im Aktien- und Whrungsmarkt,
einschlielich einer ausfhrlichen
Analyse der Unternehmen in der
Baubranche und in der Herstellung von
Baumaterialien und Baumaschinen.

SONDERBERICHTE
25 Strassenbau
35 Aufbau-Miete
41 GPS
49 Demolierung und
Wiederverwertung

18 Gesetze und Vertrge

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SOMMAIRE
RUBRIQUES
REGULIERES
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Actualit
LActualit de lindustrie de
Construction en Europe.
Affaires
Lactualit des affaires relatives au BTP
travers lEurope

20 FIEC
Dernires nouvelles de FIEC, le
Fdration de lIndustrie Europenne
de la Construction

22 CECE
Dernires nouvelles de CECE, le Comit
Europen du Matriel de Gnie Civil.

55 Matriel

12 CEE Baromtre

62 Petites annonces

15 Finance

DOSSIERS
25 Construction de ro
35 Location
41 GPS
49 Dmolition et rut

Revue sur les dernires tendances des


actions et des monnaies, comprenant
des informations dtailes sur les
compagnies dans les secteurs du
contrat, de la production de matriaux
et de la fabrication dquipement.

18 Lgeslation et le contrat

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NEWS
EVENTS DIARY
World of Concrete
February 3 6, 2009
Las Vegas, US
Tel: +1 972 536 6300
Fax: +1 972 536 6301
www.worldofconcrete.com
The Rental Show
March 2 5, 2009
Georgia, Atlanta, US
www.therentalshow.com
World of Asphalt
March 10 12, 2009
Orange County Convention
Center
Orlando, Florida, US
www.worldofasphalt.com
Intermat 2009
April 20 25, 2009
Paris Nord Villepinte
Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 49 68 51 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 49 68 54 49
www.intermat.fr
SED 2009
May 12 14, 2009
Rockingham Motor Speedway
Corby, UK
www.sed.co.uk
Hillhead
June 23 25, 2009
Buxton, UK
Tel: +44 (0)115 945 3890
www.hillhead.com
World Crane &
Transport Summit
October 22 23, 2009
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
www.khl.com
Batimat 2009
November 2 7, 2009
Paris, France
www.batimat.com
Bauma 2010
April 19 25, 2010
Munich, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 9 49-1 13 48
Fax: +49 (0)89 9 49-1 13 49
www.bauma.de
Samoter 2011
March 2 6, 2011
Verona, Italy
www.samoter.com
ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011
March 22 26, 2011
Las Vegas, USA
www.conexpoconagg.com

Commission raids
cement companies
November saw the European Commission raid offices of at
least six cement companies in eight European countries on
suspicion of anti-competitive behaviour.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION CARRIED OUT
unannounced inspections at the European offices of several
cement companies on November 4 and 5. Such inspections
are conducted as the preliminary step in suspected anticompetitive practices. Commission officials were joined
by counterparts from the relevant national competition
authorities for the inspections.
A statement from the Commission said, The Commission
has reason to believe that the companies concerned may
have violated EC Treaty antitrust rules prohibiting cartels
and restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant
market position.

COMPANIES & COUNTRIES


The Commission also added that although it carried out the
inspection, it does not mean the companies in question are
necessarily guilty of any wrongdoing.
Holcim confirmed that its offices in Belgium, France,
Germany and the UK had been searched. A press statement
from the company said it was fully cooperating with the
investigations.
Similarly, Heidelberg Cement said it was cooperating with
the authorities following inspections at its headquarters in
Heidelberg, Germany and premises in Belgium, Luxembourg,
the Netherlands and the UK.

Cemexs offices in Germany and the UK were also visited,


and again the company said it was co-operating with the
investigations. Other companies reported to have been
raided included Dyckerhoff, Italcementi and Lafarge.

TRACK RECORD
Europes cement producers have a poor history when it
comes to anti-competitive behaviour. Most infamously in
November 1994 the Commission announced fines against 33
cement companies, eight national trade associations and the
European Cement Association (Cembureau). The fines related
to what was called the Cembureau Agreement, which
started in 1983 and set out market-sharing agreements and
other restrictive practices across Western Europe.
Although many of the total ECU() 248 million fines were
reduced on appeal due to the Commissions misapplication
of laws, various procedural and technical failings and the
infringement of several of the accused companies rights, the
fact remained that an extensive Europe-wide cartel had been
in operation for more than ten years.
In April 2003 the German cartel office announced the
largest fines in its history 660 million to Dyckerhoff,
Heidelberg Cement, Holcim, Lafarge, RMC (now owned by
Cemex) and Schwenk for operating a cartel in Southern
ce
Germany it said dated back to the 1970s.

With a budget of
some 80 million,
the Seewinkel hot
springs resort is
one of the largest
reinforced concrete
structures currently
under construction in
Austria. Contractor
Habau Group is using
Peri formwork to
construct the complex
circular spiral shape
of the main four-star
hotel. The project is
due for completion in
2010. Peri Formwork
being used includes
its Skydeck forms and
multiprop supports
for the slabs. Trio
120 panel forms with
timber fillers are
being used as a quick
and simple solution
for the walls.

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NEWS

CECE calls for Commissions assistance


COMMITTEE FOR EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT (CECE)
president Dr Tim Leverton has called on the European Commission to help
save manufacturing jobs in Europe. Dr Levertons call follows news that
construction equipment manufacturers expectations for the next few years
are for a strong decrease in sales.
Such sentiment, said Dr Leverton, was the result of lower construction
activity and problems in financing new construction projects and
machinery across the world. September 2008 sales figures for earthmoving
equipment in Western Europe were -45% below the same month last
year. With such a drastic fall in sales urgent action is needed to
safeguard the interests of manufacturers and their customers, said
Dr Leverton.
I am writing to Commission vice-president Gnter Verheugen
(responsible for enterprise and industry) to underline the critical need for
action to address job insecurity caused by the unprecedented levels of
market uncertainty - a situation that could send many SMEs in our sector
out of business, he said.
I am suggesting a practical four point action plan that, if implemented
straight away, could give our industry a vital bridgehead to a more orderly

future. As safeguarding jobs is a top priority in the EU we are confident of


a fair hearing from the Commission, he added.

PROPOSALS
The proposals are include increased flexibility allowances for manufacturers
to use old-stage engines when moving to the Stage IIIB emission laws that
come into force from 2011.
Second, CECE has asked the Commission to make low interest loans
similar to the planned 40 billion for the car sector available to
construction equipment manufacturers. CECE estimates just 1,5 billion
over three years would offer significant relief for the sector in funding R&D
projects.
Third, the association has called fro new initiatives to stop non-compliant
construction equipment being sold in Europe. CECE believes that a surplus
of equipment in the global market could draw more illegal machines into
the EU and further undermine the sector.
Finally, Dr Levertons letter stressed the importance of investment
in construction, especially infrastructure projects, is a proven way of
providing economic stimulus and creating jobs.
ce

COO role

September dip in output

BALFOUR BEATTY HAS


appointed
Andrew
McNaughton to the new role
of chief operating officer
(COO) and to the companys
Board from 1 January. He
will report to chief executive
Ian Tyler.
Commenting on the
appointment, Mr Tyler said,
I am delighted to announce
Andrews
appointment,
which reflects the need to
create an appropriate Board
and senior management

CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT
in Europe took a dip in
September according to the
latest data from Eurostat.
Output in the EU was -3,1%
lower than a year ago, while
the 15-country Euro-zone
was down -3,8%.
The steepest fall was
seen in Spain, with output
a massive -24,1% lower
than at the end of the third
quarter of 2007. Eurostats
figures have shown Spanish
construction falling all year,

structure to direct and


manage the continuing
long-term growth of the
Group. Since joining Balfour
Beatty in 1997, Andrew has
been instrumental in the
development of our major
project capabilities and in
positioning the Group in
respect of its major future
opportunities.
In his role as COO, Mr
McNaughton will oversee
Balfour Beattys construction
and engineering activities in
the UK, the Middle East,
South-East Asia and the
Groups worldwide rail
business. Mr Tyler will
continue to manage Balfour
Beattys US business, and
deputy chief executive
Anthony Rabin will continue
to oversee the groups global
infrastructure investment
business.
Prior to his appointment
as COO, Mr McNaughton
was Balfour Beattys group
managing director with
responsibility for civil
engineering activities in the
UK and the Middle East. ce

but this was the biggest


drop to date.
Output in Sweden was
also down sharply, with a
-19,8% drop compared to
a year ago. This was very
much against the trend of
previous months, which had
seen Sweden post some
of the strongest year-onyear growth in construction
activity in Western Europe.
As ever, the strongest
growth was seen in the EUs
newer member states in

central and Eastern Europe.


Romania construction output
was up +27,0% compared
to a year ago, followed
by Slovenia (+19,4%),
Bulgaria (+17,7%), Slovakia
(+17,3%), Poland (+11,6%)
and the Czech Republic
(+5,3%).
In Western Europe, the
strongest growth was seen
in the Netherlands, where
output in September was
+6,7% higher than a year
previously.
ce

Pitkoski named head of YIT


YIT HAS APPOINTED
Juhani Pitkkoski as its
new president and CEO,
replacing Hannu Leinonen
with immediate effect
Mr
Pitkkoski
was
previously president of the
companys largest division,
its
Building
Systems
segment. He has worked
for the Finnish contractor

since 1988.
Meanwhile
Kari
Kauniskangas has been
appointed as executive vice
president and deputy to
the president and CEO.
He will continue as head
of YITs International
Construction
Services
business segment and he
has been employed by YIT

Corporation since 1997.


In a statement YIT said,
The purpose of the Board of
Directors decision is to focus
the Group management
close to the operative
business and emphasise
the business segments
role as a response to the
changes in the business
environment.
ce

CET INDEX: NOVEMBER 2008

87,06

+9,59

CET Index September 2008 = 77,46

Base: May 2002 = 100

Construction Europess CET share index is a basket of more than 60 equities,


designed to give an overall reflection of the contracting, equipment and materials
sectors. For full listings, see Construction Europess Finance pages.

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BUSINESS

BUSINESS ROUND-UP
Lafarge exit
for the company during the third
Lafarge has announced plans to
sell its businesses in Italy to the
Sacci Group for 290 million.
Lafarge has been present in
Italy since 1996 and its facilities
comprise two cement plants with a
total capacity of 1,2 million tonnes
per year, along with four cement
terminals along the east coast
of Italy. It also operates three
aggregates quarries and 13 readymixed concrete plants in Italy. Last
year the businesses had sales of
116 million and gross profits of
18 million.
Sacci is a family-owned
company based in Rome. It has
550 employees operating four
cement plants and 31 ready-mixed
concrete plants in Italy.
The deal is subject to regulatory
approval and is expected to close
by the end of the year.

Profit news
Bilfinger Berger saw its third
quarter pre-tax profits increase by
+33% to 88 million compared
to 66 million recorded during
the same period in 2007. Net sales

quarter also improved from 2,3


billion in 2007 to 2,6 billion an
increase of +15%.
Hochtief recorded third quarter
pre-tax profits of 123 million,
down -24% on the 161 million
reported for the same period last
year. Overall sales in the third
quarter were up +14% from
4,3 billion in 2007 to 4,9
billion this year.
NCC recorded third quarter
pre-tax profits of SEK 787 million
( 79 million), a -9% decrease
on the SEK 866 million ( 87
million) seen in the same period
last year. Sales totalled SEK 13,9
billion ( 1,39 billion) a -1,6 %
decrease on the SEK 14,1 billion (
1,4 billion) recorded in the same
period in 2007.

Reorganisation
Hewden, one of Europes largest
equipment rental companies
is restructuring it operations in
the UK, replacing the current
five-region and five product
divisions with a simple, threeregion structure that will rent all

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option to fully acquire in 2012 has been set up to meet the demands of the
Stage IIIB engine emission regulations that come into force in 2011.
The deal will see Kawasaki spin-off its wheeled loader business into a new
subsidiary on 1 April next year. Hitachi will then take a 34% stake in the
company at some point in the 2009 fiscal year, starting on 1 April. Hitachi has
a call option to fully acquire the company three years after it makes its initial
investment.
Wheeled loader manufacturer TCM, which is 50.1% owned by Hitachi will
also participate in the collaboration.
A joint statement said, The three companies will combine their respective
technologies and know-how to jointly conduct research and development off
new models of wheeled loaders that will comply with the emission control
regulations. An arrangement will be made so that the three companies will
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Results of Novembers CE Barometer survey turned more pessimistic, with


the strongest indication yet of a recession in the European construction
sector. C H R I S S L E I G H T reports.
Barometers two-year history. The
figure is calculated as the percentage
of respondents giving positive
responses, minus the number giving
negative answers. October was the
fifth consecutive month of declines
in current activity.
On future sentiment, again a
record number of respondents said
they expected activity to be lower
in a years time compared to now.

Question of the month

WHAT ARE YOUR STAFFING POLICIES?


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35%
32%

30%

20%
16%

10%

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TAKE PART
CEE would like to thank all those that
took part in the August survey. It
was completed by more than 300
construction professionals in 29
countries around the region.
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in Europe. The CEE Barometer survey
is open from the 1st to the 15th of
each month on our website.
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Full information can be found at
www.cebarometer.eu.

WN TURN
DO

In November CEE asked respondents what staffing policies their employers


had in place at the moment. The results were mixed, with 10% of companies
growing by recruiting people to new posts, 35% maintaining numbers as they
stand and 55% cutting staff by various means.
Some 32% of respondents were reducing staff numbers by natural wastage,
which is to say they were not replacing staff that leave. However, 23% of
respondents were taking the more drastic step of making redundancies
either voluntarily (7%) or forced job losses (16%).
But while there are clearly more companies cutting jobs than adding them,
one of the most interesting comments this month came from a respondent
whos employer is trying to increase numbers. When someone leaves we try
to replace them, but the applicants seem less and less qualified.
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The balance figure of -32.6% was


the strongest indication yet of a
weak future outlook, and it was fifth
consecutive month that sentiment
about the future has been negative.
A further indication of falling activity
was that a balance of -44,4% of
respondents said activity was lower
last month than in November 2007.
This all meant that the CE Climate
an amalgamation of results from
all three of these questions hit a new
low of -40,4%. Another double-digit
fall from Octobers figure of -28,1%.

U
UP T RN

SENTIMENT ON THE EUROPEAN


construction industry slipped lower in
November, with results of the months
CEE Barometer survey indicating
stronger signs of a recession.
A balance of 44,1% of respondents
said activity fell month-to-month
compared to October. This negative
balance of -44,1% was noticeably
deeper than the -27,5% for October
and was the lowest recorded in the

Recruiting
replacements
only

Not
replacing
leavers

Voluntary
Forced
redundencies redundencies

Reading the clock


THE ANGLE OF THE ARROW GIVES AN INDICATION OF THE
point in the cycle the European construction industry is currently at. In
November activity fell compared to the previous month and sentiment
about the future was also negative, indicating a recession. The length of
the arrow indicates the strength of the sentiment.
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FINANCE

Bounce back
Share prices recovered in November after the punishing losses of the
previous month, but little of the lost ground was regained.
C H R I S S L E I G H T reports.
AFTER THE STEEP DIVES SEEN
in early and mid October, it was
inevitable that share prices would
recover at some point, and this was
what happened in the following few
weeks. In some cases, there were
very impressive gains, and doubledigit rises were very much the
order of the day between weeks 43
and 46.
Having said this, the November
bounce was not particularly
significant against the losses that

Key indexes
Index

Beginning
of period
91,60
60,92
89,10
77,46
8379
3673
7163
3004
4296

CEE (Equipment)
CEM (Materials)
CEC (Contractors)
CET (Total)
Dow
FTSE 100
Nikkei 225
CAC 40
DAX Xetra

End of
period
109,94
62,80
101,32
87,06
8497
4158
8523
3216
4596

Change
18,34
1,88
12,21
9,59
118
486
1360
212
300

Change
%
20,02
3,09
13,71
12,38
1,41
13,22
18,98
7,07
6,99

Period: Week 43 - 46

MATERIALS PRODUCERS

CEM Index
Cemex (CPO)
Cimpor
CRH
Heidelberg
g Cement
Holcim
Italcementi
Kone
Lafarge
g
Saint-Gobain
Schindler (BPC)
Schneider Electric
Wienerberger
g
Wolseley
y
Period: Week 43 - 46

at start at end
60,92 62,80 1,88
MXP
7,98
6,80
-1,18

3,41
3,49
0,08

14,00
17,66
3,66

55,58
40,95 -14,63
CHF
56,10
51,95 -4,15

8,47
7,83
-0,64

14,79
14,87
0,08

43,34
42,95 -0,39

23,78
27,20
3,43
CHF
44,55
51,05
6,50

40,09
48
7,91

11,21
11
-0,25
UK
2,63
2,82
0,18

(%)
3,09
-14,79
2,40
26,13
-26,32
-7,40
-7,56
0,54
-0,90
14,41
14,59
19,73
-2,23
6,93

have been seen over the course of


the year. Whats more, there was no
strong direction to the movements,
with the markets unable to put
together a run of good sessions
before losing ground again.
But there was overall growth
during the period under review.
Least convincing was the Dow,
which put on just +1,41% between
weeks 43 and 46, to finish at
8497. However, other mainstream
indicators did better, led by the
Nikkei 225, up +18,98% and the
FTSE 100, which gained +13,22%.
They were followed by the CAC 40

(+7,07%) and the Dax (+6,99%).

CONSTRUCTION
SHARES
Overall, the construction industry was
up there with the mainstream market
indicators, with the CET Index for the
sector enjoying a +12,48% rise to
97,06 points.
But within this overall figure,
there were some stark differences
for individual sectors. Equipment
manufacturers enjoyed a strong
surge, with the CEE Index moving up
+20,02%. More in line with the main
markets were contractors shares, X

CONTRACTORS
Company
CEC Index
Acciona
ACS
Balfour Beatty
y
Ballast Nedam
Bam Group
Bilfinger
g Berger
g
Bouygues
yg
Carillion
Eiffage
g
FCC
Ferrovial
Hochtief
Impregilo
g
Kier
Lemminkinen
NCC (B)
OHL
Peab (B)
Sacyr
y Vallehermoso
Skanska (B)
Strabag
g AG
Strabag
g SE
Taylor
y Wimpey
y
Veidekke
Vinci
YIT

Currency Price
Price Change Change
at start at end
(%)
89,10 101,32 12,21 13,71

54,95
69,95 15,00
27,30

25,05
28,51
3,46
13,81
UK
2,23
2,82
0,59
26,49

14,82
14,28 -0,54
-3,64

5,87
5,77
-0,10
-1,70

27,86
32,10
4,24
15,22

25,20
28,50
3,30
13,10
UK
1,86
2,11
0,25
13,46

24,80
29,95
5,15
20,77

26,90
26,32 -0,58
-2,16

20,66
20,33 -0,33
-1,60

20,90
28,00
7,10
33,97

1,66
2,00
0,34
20,19
UK
6,77
7,61
0,84
12,41

15,53
13,91 -1,62
-10,43
SEK
52,75
42,80 -9,95
-18,86

7,80
8,75
0,95
12,18
SEK
20,10
19,70 -0,40
-1,99

6,56
6,90
0,34
5,18
SEK
55,50
63,00
7,50
13,51

195,00 219,00 24,00


12,31

13,70
14,20
0,50
3,65
UK
0,10
0,10
0,00
0,00
NOK
20,70
17,30 -3,40
-16,43

22,53
27,94
5,41
23,99

4,95
4,02
-0,93
-18,79

Period: Week 43 - 46

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FINANCE
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS
Company

There was little bounce-back in


evidence in the materials sector,
with the CEM Index managing
only a +3,09% recovery between
weeks 43 and 46.
which rose +13,71%, as measured
by the CEC Index. However, the
materials sector disappointed with
the CEM Index for the market gaining
just +3,09%.
Looking at the good news first,
it was clearly a strong few weeks
for the equipment sector, which
benefited particularly from the
pronounced rebound in Asian share
prices. Among the biggest gainers
between weeks 43 and 46 were
Doosan, Hitachi, Hyundai, Komatsu,
Kubota and Tadano. In fact the
weakest of the Asian manufacturers
Kobe Steel still achieved a
+27,27% share price rise.
There were also some good gains
for the major US groups, with the
likes of Astec, Caterpillar, CNH and
Deere enjoying double-digit gains
against the backdrop of a lacklustre
performance for the Dow. Notable
among the European were Atlas
Copco, Metso and Sandvik, which
are still benefiting from a relatively
strong mining sector.

There were a few losers however.


Shares in Manitowoc and Terex
continued to fall despite the massive
order backlogs both companies have
in their crane businesses. Manitou
and Bell also lost ground.

CONTRACTORS
The movements of the US and
European manufacturers share
prices were generally linked to their
third quarter results, which were
published in late October and early
November. The results season was
also the main driver for contractors
shares between weeks 43 and 46.
Overall the CEC Index for the
sector was up +13,71% to 101,32
points. However, there was no clear
sector-wide movement, with a lot of
double-digit gains being countered
by a handful of losses on a similar
scale.
The two Finnish contractors in
the CEC stood out as the biggest
losers, with Lemminkinen dropping
-10,43% and YIT losing -18,79%,

VALUE OF 1
RESERVE CURRENCIES
Beginning
End
of period of period
British Pound
0,7988
0,8567
Japanese Yen
119,22
123,06
Swiss Franc
1,4748
1,5112
US Dollar
1,2657
1,2731
EUROPEAN CURRENCIES
British Pound
0,7988
Bulgarian
g
Leva
1,9555
Czech Koruna
24,859
Danish Krone
7,4538
Hungarian
g
Forint
276,34
Norwegian
g
Kroner
8,7097
Polish Zloty
y
3,8714
Romanian Lei
3,6400
Swedish Krona
9,9451
Swiss Franc
1,4748

0,8567
1,9557
25,403
7,4468
268,46
8,7508
3,7763
3,7983
10,0005
1,5112

Period: Week 43 - 46

16

Change
0,0579
3,84
0,036
0,0074

Change
(%)
7,25
3,22
2,47
0,58

0,0579
0,0002
0,543
-0,0071
-7,88
0,0411
-0,0951
0,1584
0,0554
0,0364

7,25
0,01
2,19
-0,09
-2,85
0,47
-2,46
4,35
0,56
2,47

Currency Price
at start
CEE Index
91,60
Astec Industries
USD
20,13
Atlas Copco (A)
SEK
46,60
Bell Equipment
ZAR
16,19
Caterpillar
US$
33,30
CNH
US$
12,22
Deere
US$
30,36
Doosan Infracore
WON
7870
Haulotte Group

5,07
Hitachi CM
YEN
830
Hyundai
y
Heavy
y Industries WON 120000
Kobe Steel
YEN
121
Komatsu
YEN
786
Kubota
YEN
338
Manitou

11,37
Manitowoc
US$
8,94
Metso

8,45
Palfinger
g

11,35
Sandvik
k
SEK
40,50
Tadano
YEN
324
Terex
x
US$
12,69
Volvo (B)
SEK
34,70

Price Change Change


at end
(%)
109,94 18,34 20,02
22,79
2,66
13,21
58,25 11,65
25,00
15,00 -1,19
-7,35
36,96
3,66
10,99
14,95
2,73
22,34
33,79
3,43
11,30
13050 5180
65,82
6,25
1,18
23,27
1112
282
33,98
162500 42500 35,42
154
33
27,27
1163
377
47,96
572
234
69,23
10,49 -0,88
-7,74
6,92
-2,02
-22,60
10,21
1,76
20,83
11,98
0,63
5,55
47,50
7,00
17,28
484
160
49,38
12,12 -0,57
-4,49
35,40
0,70
2,02

Period: Week 43 - 46

which seemed to be linked to down


beat results announcements from
both.
But elsewhere there were good
gains for the likes of Acciona, Balfour
Beatty, Eiffage, Hochtief, Impregilo
and Vinci. Some of these gains
Vincis for example were linked
to results announcements, but for
others it seemed to be a case of
companies being pulled up by the
general market bounce-back.
There was little bounce-back in
evidence in the materials sector, with
the CEM Index managing only a
+3,09% recovery between weeks
43 and 46. Although CRH, SaintGobain, Schindler and Schneider
rallied well, their gains were all but
wiped-out by steep losses for Cemex
and Heidelberg, along with smaller
losses for Holcim and Italcementi. As
with the equipment sector, results
seemed to be the main driver.

CURRENCIES
It is not just share prices that
have gone haywire over the last
few months. Exchange rates have
also moved dramatically, partly in
response to the turmoil in financial
markets.
The main story since the summer
has been the sharp fall in the value of
the Pound. It has lost a lot of ground
against the US Dollar over the last
quarter, and this was compounded
in October and November with a
-7,25% drop against the Euro.
The weak economic outlook for
the UK economy and the countrys

high deficit were the drivers of the


Pounds losses earlier in the year.
The more recent sharp dip was linked
to a -1,5 percentage point cut in
interest rates to 3,0% by the Bank
of England at the start of November,
following on from a 0,5 point cut a
month earlier.
Elsewhere, the Euro staged a small
fight back against the Dollar and Yen,
having depreciated against them
fairly steadily since July. However,
the general recovery of the Dollar
and Yen have to be seen in a wider
context.
Both currencies have been at
artificially low levels against the Euro
for several years due the countries
low interest rates. This stimulated
a phenomenon called carry trade
whereby investors would borrow at
a low cost in these low interest
rate countries and invest the money
elsewhere for a higher return.
But now the global banking sector is
seizing up, these deals are unwinding
and everyone is hanging onto their
cash. This means the distortion that
carry trades had on exchange rates is
lessening, and the Yen and Dollar are
appreciating as a result.

OUTLOOK
Although there was some bounceback in share prices in November,
there is no real evidence they are
on a path to recovery. However, the
markets are less volatile than they
were in October, and that stability is
to be welcomed. But where they go
from here remains to be seen. ce

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LAW & CONTRACT

Good faith
part 1
In the first of two articles on duties of good faith, K H A L I D R A M Z A N
of Pinsent Masons looks at how the concept applies to negotiations in
different jurisdictions.
THE TERM GOOD FAITH IS
used widely, but often little thought
is given to its precise meaning.
This is particularly so in the context
of negotiating and carrying out
obligations under construction
contracts where its definition and
its implications vary considerably
depending on the law that applies to
the contract.

ENGLISH LAW
English law does not recognise a duty
of good faith at the negotiating table
in commercial transactions. For this
reason perhaps, the legal definition
of good faith when negotiating
has not really moved beyond vague
notions of acting fairly there has
been no need to frame a standard of
behaviour that is not expected.
English courts view negotiations
as inherently adversarial, with each
party out to get the best deal it
can. This is the cut and thrust of
commerce, said Lord Ackner, in a
leading case which best articulates
the English law position:
the concept of a duty to
carry on negotiations in good faith
is inherently repugnant to the
adversarial position of the parties

when involved in negotiations.


Each party to negotiations is
entitled to pursue his own interest,
so long as he avoids making
misrepresentations
Clearly, this does not mean that
you can behave with a free reign
while negotiating. As Lord Ackner
acknowledges, some behaviour,
like misrepresentation (making a
statement of fact during negotiations
which is untrue and which is relied
upon by the other party) and of
course, fraud, are examples of
behaviours that can result in claims.
However, failure for example to
disclose commercial information to
the other party which it is not privy
to and which could damage your
negotiating position will not of itself
be actionable. Parties should not
in general have to act in ways that
protect the others interests but may
act in their own interests.
Also, while negotiations are still
subject to contract, there is no
compulsion to continue negotiations,
despite having reached an advanced
stage.
There is nothing stopping parties
pulling out this is the prerogative
of both parties.

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CONTINENTAL
SYSTEMS
Legal systems in continental Europe
take a different view, in that the duty
of good faith applies expressly to precontract behaviour. Having said that,
the conduct that constitutes good
faith is still vague.
In German law, the concept implies
a large degree of trust between
the negotiating parties and some
commentators suggest that it even
envisages a standard of honest,
considerate and loyal behaviour with
due regard for the interests of the
other party.
Meanwhile, under the Italian Civil
Code (Article 1337), The parties, in
the conduct of negotiations and the
formation of contract, shall conduct
themselves according to good faith.
So, when negotiating there is a duty
to disclose matters that are important
for the other partys decision where
one party knows the other cannot
obtain such information through
other means.
Also, in contrast with English
law, a party cannot break off
negotiations without just cause
once the negotiations have reached
a stage that the other party could
reasonably expect a final contract to
be concluded.
In France, the position is that the
longer the negotiations continue
and the closer the parties get to
concluding an agreement, the
stronger the duty to act in good faith.
One commentator has described its
practical impact thus:
this obligation [to act in good
faith] strengthens as negotiation

proceeds. Its extent grows: it makes


one party furnish information to the
other, it prevents him putting up
unacceptable proposals with the
aim of causing a break-off of
negotiations, or of merely pretending
to negotiate seriously, while in
fact he has decided to deal with a
competitor, it compels him towards
the reaching of a definite decision
within a reasonable period.

CLAIMS
The obvious question with these
obligations is what loss the innocent
party can claim when it has been
the victim of bad faith during
negotiations. Clearly under English
law there is no duty of good faith, so
no loss can be claimed.
But in other systems an innocent
party can go so far as to claim for the
loss suffered as a result of relying on
the contract that would have resulted
had the defaulting party acted in
good faith.
It is important to remember that
just as the definition of good faith
is nuanced, so its application to
behaviour pre-contract is complex.
Courts are not blind to commercial
realities and appreciate that the scope
of duty to disclose information varies
according to the type of transaction
and the circumstances of individual
cases.
Conversely some common law
systems (eg Australia) are starting
to see the benefits of the European
approach to good faith and as we
will see in next months article, the
common law and civil law approaches
converge once a contract comes into
existence.
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Just as the definition of good faith


is nuanced, so its application to
behaviour pre-contract is complex.

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FIEC

Self
employed?
F I E C and EFBWW have launched a study to look at the impact of bogus
self-employment on the European construction industry. This should lead to
fairer competition and better protection of workers rights.
WITH ITS 16,4 MILLION
workers in 2007, the construction
industry is the largest industrial
employer in Europe. By FIECs
reckoning the industry represents
7,2% of total European employment
and 30,4% of industrial employment
in the EU. Compared with other
industrial activities, construction is
by far the most labour-intensive
about 50% of turnover is achieved
through workers labour.
In this context, self-employment
has been, and will always be a
part of the construction industry.
The construction industry is a
sector with millions of very small
construction sites, which provide
plenty of specific tasks for selfemployed workers (often without
employees). The activities of selfemployed workers are extremely
diverse from all round workers to
sophisticated specialists. This high
number of self-employed workers
corresponds to the economic reality
of the construction industry.
About 14% of construction workers
are self-employed today, according
to the European Commissions
Employment in Europe 2005
publication and this share is even
higher in some countries, such
as Greece (40%), Poland (29%),
Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and the UK.
The increase in the number of
the self-employed workers is partly
due to organisational and economic
developments in the construction
sector. Lead contractors are
increasingly becoming users,
surrounded by a constellation of

For further information:


FIEC
Avenue Louise 225,
B - 1050 Brussels,
Belgium,
Tel : +32 2 514 55 35;
e-mail to info@fiec.eu
www.fiec.eu

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companies and self-employed


self employed
workers with which they have
flexible business relations.
This development has lead to an
increased creation of dependent
self-employment or dependent
outsourcing. But this economic
dependence towards one employer
blurs the distinction between the selfemployed status and the employee
status, with significant fiscal, social
and economic consequences:
Self-employed workers work
under their own professional
responsibility and not under the
authority of the main contractor
Arrangements for paying taxes
and social security contributions
differ between self-employed
workers and employees
Some working conditions
(wages, working time,
rest periods etc.) governed
by collective agreements
or by specific legislative,
administrative and regulatory
provisions are not applicable to
self-employed workers
As a consequence, the relatively
extensive social protection
(temporary employment,
occupational accidents, early
retirement etc.) is more limited
for self-employed workers.
Against this backdrop, FIEC and
the European Federation of Building
and Woodworkers. (EFBWW), the
European Social Partners of the
Construction Industry, have included
self-employment as one of their
priorities. The two federations have
launched a joint project to assess
the legal, regulatory, administrative,
organisational and practical aspects
of self-employed workers in the
construction industry. As such this
joint study will examine the positive
impact of genuine self-employment
on the labour market and will also
look at measures that have been
developed to prevent, detect and
sanction bogus self-employment.

BOGUS SELFEMPLOYMENT
This phenomenon has been identified
as a growing danger for the labour
market in the construction industry
in research carried out to assess
the implementation, application
and operation of the Posting of
Workers Directive in ten Member
States.
A study by FIEC and EFBWW in
2004 found, Recent years have
seen the emergence of a group of
workers that cannot be classified
within the traditional notions of
employees and self-employed. The
result is the appearance of a grey
area of economically dependent
work that has the characteristics
of self employment as well as
employment.
Companies employ bogus selfemployed workers have an illegal
economic advantage over their
competitors due to the lower
cost of employment. In order to
be competitive, companies with
legitimate business practices have
to either file charges against their
such illegal competition, or adopt
these practices themselves.
The social consequences of bogus
self-employment are also important
because self-employed workers do
not contribute to social security
schemes and so threaten their longterm viability.
Bogus self-employment has
severe consequences both for public
authorities (social security, taxation
etc.) and the construction industry
as a whole (enterprises and their
employees). It both compromises
efforts to ensure a stable socioeconomic structure, and erodes the
principle of fair competition between
companies and the protection of
workers rights.
The employment relation is also
particularly important when workers
are posted to another country.

According to the EU Posting of


Workers Directive, self-employed
workers do not have to respect
the labour conditions, because the
nucleus of minimum provisions on
labour conditions (maximum working
periods and minimum rest periods,
minimum paid holidays, minimum
rates of pay including overtime
etc.) are not applicable to them.
Finally, there is also a link
between bogus self-employment
and undeclared labour. Bogus
self-employed workers distinguish
themselves from traditional groups
of undeclared workers by the fact
that they are operating with a legal
status of a self-employed worker, but
in fact they have the same objective,
namely to avoid the application of
social and fiscal regulations such
as social contributions, personal
taxes etc.

EXPECTED RESULTS
The final assessment report should
contribute to an exchange of
information about self-employment
and bogus self-employment in the
European Social Dialogue, improving
expertise in industrial relations
within the framework of the Lisbon
Strategy and as such promoting the
development of European industrial
relations.
The results of the study will
provide a comparative view on
self-employment and bogus selfemployment on the legal, regulatory,
administrative, organisational and
practical aspects in the construction
industry, on the measures which
have been developed to prevent,
detect and sanction bogus selfemployed, as well as their impact,
and on the consequences of bogus
self-employment.
This joint study should lead to a
better understanding on how to find
a balance between social protection
of workers and fair competition
between enterprises.
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built for purpose
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hydraulic hammers.
A key feature of the new hammer is its modular design that allows customers to choose
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CECE

2008 review
Over the past 12 months C E C E has reported on a range of industry
issues ranging from the use of counterfiet spare parts, through market
and association developments to noise and emissions compliance.

CECE Secretariat
Diamant Building Bd A Reyers 80
B 1030 Brussels
www.cece-eu.org
Tel:+32-2-706 82 25
Fax: +32-2-706 82 10
AGORIA
www.agoria.be

ANMOPYC
www.anmopyc.es

APCEMP
www.pimb.com.pl/apcemp.htm

CEA
www.coneq.org.uk

CISMA
www.cisma.fr

COMAMOTER
www.comamoter.it

FMIB-CWM
www.fme.nl

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE


year CECE launched its Choose the
Original Choose Success campaign
to draw attention to the risks
associated with using pirate spare
parts.
The campaign, developed by
German member VDMA, sought
to highlight that fake parts might
have an attractive initial purchase
cost, but the standards of materials
and workmanship could well lead to
expensive equipment failures and
raise the risk of on-site accidents.
Furthermore, fake spare parts
breach manufacturers Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR).
In the same vein, CECE also looked
at the import and sale of noncompliant construction equipment
in Europe. Detailing what to look
for when buying equipment, the
association highlighted the financial
and safety pitfalls of investing in
non-compliant equipment as well
as reaffirming the illegality of such
equipment.
In the spring, CECE reported on
the formation of a new construction
equipment trade association in
Russia. Five founding companies
Caterpillar, Komatsu, Liebherr,
Manitowoc and Volvo felt that
an association would be a more
effective means of representing the
industry to Russias law makers.
With growth in sales of around
+100% per annum for the past
few years, the Russian construction
market is a rather unknown quantity.
The new association could play a
valuable part in establishing proper

IMDER
www.imder.org.tr

SACE
www.branschgrupperna.se/sace

TEKNOLOGIATEOLLISUUS
www.techind.fi

UCOMESA
www.ucomesa.it

VDMA
www.vdma.org/construction

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statistics for the largest country in


the world.
Following on from its Eastward
glance, CECE reported in May on
the European market as its latest
economic report showed more than
30 billion worth of construction
equipment had been manufactured
in Europe in 2007.
German manufacturers accounted
for nearly 30% of all European sales
and also demonstrated the strongest
exports, with foreign sales of 5,77
billion. The economic report showed
that only Poland, Spain and Turkey
were net importers of construction
equipment in the period.

EQUIPMENT
LEGISLATION
A theme that featured throughout the
year was legislation directed toward
construction equipment. With Stage
IIIB emissions legislation looming,
the issue of measuring emissions in
real-life conditions, and also concern
that the ultra low sulphur diesel
required for use in Stage IIIB engines
may not be available on the market
in time prompted comment.
A real requirement of Stage IIIB
compliant engines is ultra low sulphur
fuel and to implement legislation for
the fuel companies at the same
time as the construction equipment
manufacturers is too late.
Accordingly, the association
is encouraging the European
Commission, Council and parliament
to finalise the Fuel Directive as soon
as possible, stipulating that ultra
low sulphur diesel is introduced to

With growth in sales of around


+100% per annum for the
past few years, the Russian
construction market is a rather
unknown quantity.

the off-highway sector as soon as


possible.
On the issue of emissions, the
European Commission has set up a
Joint Research Council (JRC) to look
into Portable Emissions Measurement
Systems (PEMS), and CECE looked,
in June, at the attributes such PEMS
will need and the practicalities of
installation and operation.
In the summer, CECE backed the
introduction of a new standard
(EN 15573), which defined the
characteristics and performance
requirements for earthmoving
machinery when driven on public
highways.
The new standard doesnt concern
itself with operator licensing or
weight limits, but details design
and performance requirements
to improve safety. The standard
covers areas such as dimensions
and masses, speed, tyres, steering
and brakes, visibility, lighting and
restraining systems.
Rounding out the year was the
challenge of noise. Revisions to
the Noise Directive (2000/14/
EC) prompted the committee to
set up dedicated working groups
with representatives from more
than 50 construction equipment
manufacturers to look at the issue
of noise.
While the association supports a
drive to reduce noise, it is concerned
that equipment manufacturers are
facing a heavy legislative burden.
In many cases, noise is produced
by a process rather than machines
themselves and its difficult to see
how one might dump materials
quietly for example.

CONFERENCE CALL
October saw CECEs annual European
Construction Equipment Congress,
held this year in York, UK. Matthew
Taylor, CEO of JCB, gave the keynote
address at the congress when he
gave the inaugural KHL Lecture. ce

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ROAD BUILDING

Navitronic Plus, the new 3D control


system from Vgele was used on one of
the companys Super 2100-2 pavers on a
section of the new A26 motorway near
Stade, Germany.

Evolvingg
electronics
The development of electronic control systems
in the European road building equipment sector
is increasingly important for enhancing machine
productivity and to keep pace with new road
infrastructure in the East and maintenance in the
West. B E C C A W I L K I N S reports.

The DD22 and DD24 asphalt compactors


from Volvo have been designed to help
deliver high productivity, density, and
smoothness on smaller compaction
projects.

DESPITE SOME COUNTRIES EXPERIENCING


a difficult economic climate, road construction
activity across Europe remains high. Mirroring
this situation is the demand for and development
of electronic control systems for road building
equipment.
A number of manufacturers have developed
systems to help with the compaction process.
Hamms Hammtronic system features automatic
adjustment of the front and rear drive of its
compactors which prevents a spinning of the drum
or wheels and allows a gradeability of up to 70%.

The system also manages all engine and roller


functions, in particular drive, vibration, oscillation
and engine speed. The vibration system and
the driving speed are adapted by the electronic
engine management to the respective operating
conditions. All information is transmitted to the
in-cab display and this documents the most current
data.

COMPACTION CONTROL
Other compaction optimisation systems available
include Dynapacs Compaction Analyzer for asphalt X
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ROAD BUILDING

Wisbech-based Finesse Paving and Civil


Engineering used a Vgele 1600-2 paver
to surface a motorcycle test course in
Basildon, Essex, to meet the requirements
set by the UKs Driving Standards Agency
(DSA).

Asphalt future

Bomags new BW 154 AP pivot steered


tandem roller was used to place a 40 mm
thick base layer near the Brandenburg Gate
in Berlin earlier this year.
(DCA-A) which helps operators achieve the ideal
rolling pattern by keeping track of the number of
passes and showing temperatures in the asphalt.
Bomags measuring and documentation system,
meanwhile, detects and logs not only the stiffness
but also controls and documents the compaction
process, the number passes, the amplitude, the
frequency and the working speed, as well as
asphalt compaction and asphalt temperature.

THE FUTURE OF THE ASPHALT INDUSTRY WILL BE SHAPED BY ROAD MAINTENANCE


overtaking new road construction according to Ammann.
Other factors that will affect the sector include the construction of more global roads in general,
a reduction in the carbon footprint from asphalt mixing plants and up to 100% recycled asphalt
becoming the global standard, the company said.
A spokesman for the company added, Building the global road network will provide work
for many generations to come. There is no questioning the importance of roads as a vital artery
of economic progress for all emerging countries. Todays global roadmap shows two large and
extensively developed road networks, those in the US and old Europe, each about 7 million km in
length. But to achieve global economic equilibrium, seven road networks of this sort each with a
length of 7 million km will be needed, he said.
The current global asphalt production of 1,4 billion tonnes per year will more than double in the
coming years due to road maintenance, Ammann added.
Meanwhile, increasingly strict requirements for producing asphalt mix, which is compatible with
the environment, will call for new technologies. The spokesman said the asphalt industry is currently
focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of asphalt mixing plants and ways of helping to achieve
this could be to reduce asphalt processing temperatures and using cold asphalt.
Ammann has already equipped various asphalt plants with these technologies, the spokesman
explained. Road maintenance, meanwhile, is closely linked to asphalt recycling according to the
company and too much removed asphalt is still being dumped or used for low-grade purposes.
All over the world, there will be further major increases in the proportion of recycled material in
new asphalt. It must become possible to re-use the valuable resources that are present in removed
asphalt, such as bitumen and processed minerals, in order to make new asphalt, the spokesman
said.

Business deal
BOMAG ACQUIRED A SHAREHOLDING IN ITS SPANISH DEALER MAQUINTER S.A.
earlier this year.
The Spanish company, based in Torrejon de Ardoz, Madrid, has been the Bomag dealer for Spain
for almost 15 years.
This participation is the next step in developing cooperation
between Bomag and Maquinter, said Jaime Wakonigg, who
along with his brother, Lorenzo, manages the Spanish company.
In a statement Bomag said Spain and Portugal offer attractive
opportunities for development and growth and therefore, both
companies will continue to invest in the sales network, to be
closer to their customers.
According to the statement, Jean-Claude Fayat, general
manager of the French Fayat group, Bomags parent company,
said it is likely that products from other Fayat Group subsidiaries
will extend the range of equipment in these two countries.

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A spokesperson for Bomag said the company


is not only a market leader in compaction but
also in technology. The spokesperson added the
company is constantly developing products to
help customers meet their every day demands.
We will therefore continue to focus on
technologies that increase the reliability and
quality of their work and decrease their costs.
Furthermore we will expand in collaboration with
our strategic partners and increase our activities in
the milling and paving business as well as in light
equipment, the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, Richard Owen, vice president
for Volvos road building division in Europe,
told CEE the companys electronic compaction
measuring device is vital to ensure contractors
have compacted correctly in each section of the
jobsite. It also allows them to record the fact
that they have achieved the correct levels of
compaction, which is important proof for site
inspections, he said. Other manufacturers have X

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ROAD BUILDING

Jet Plant, of Evesham, UK, has taken


delivery of its fiftieth Wirtgen planer a
W100F cold milling machine.

A Wirtgen WR2400 self-propelled soil


stabiliser/recycler, owned by Staplestown
Ground Stabilisation of Wexford, Ireland, is
carrying out a 3,5 km road recycling trial on
a stretch of the N71 road in County Cork.
systems that measure the level of compaction and
automatically adjust the compaction performance/
compaction output.
Our vibration system has two fixed levels of
performance. But basically we fix the compaction
output from the drum, we then measure the level
of compaction but by doing that we are leaving
the operator in control of the compaction system
itself. We are not varying it automatically, he
explained.

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Electronic systems are also used in paving
equipment to help improve productivity including
Vgeles ErgoPlus paver handling system, which
the company said focuses on the operator. It
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ROAD BUILDING

Motorway
widenening
Hamms new 12,9 tonne HD+ 120 and
13,8 tonne HD+ 140 (pictured) tandem
rollers feature large cabs which include a
sliding and rotating seat and console.

EXETER-BASED PJ DAVIDSON UK, SUPPLIED A GOMACO COMMANDER III PAVER TO THE


Balfour Beatty Skanska joint venture for the Highways Agency M1 motorway widenening project.
PJ Davidson was tasked with installing 32 km of 900 mm high central reservation stepped barrier,
28 km of V-channel and 3000 m of slot drain between junctions 6a and 10.
The companys latest Commander III 4-track paver is powered by a Caterpillar Stage IIIA
diesel engine and features an advanced digital operating system that is simple to operate and
understand, according to Gomaco.

desk and the screwmans lateral console on the


screed. It also features the new Niveltronic Plus
for automated grade and slope control and a wellthought-out service concept, the company added.
All vital paving functions are controlled via pushbuttons on the control desk and there are four
different operating modes available: Neutral, Job
Site Mode, Positioning Mode and Pave Mode.
Mr Owen said Volvos ABG paver range is fitted
with a CAN-Bus electronic control system. The
heart of that and the main thing which most
benefits the operator and the customer is the
operator control system, he added.
He explained the Electronic Paver Management
(EPM) system allows the operator to control
machine functions by pressing buttons that refer to
pictures of the relevant machine parts. He added
there are two separate parts to the control system
the planned view of the paver and a display
screen which gives additional information like the
engine oil temperature, the water temperature and
the engine speed.
Mr Owen said there has been fairly intensive
development of this system in the last decade
and a full colour, second generation Electronic
Paver Management system the EPM2 is now
available.

APPLICATION
The type of road building projects that are carried
out in Europe are dependent upon location. New
road infrastructure is big business in Eastern
Europe while repair and maintenance work tends
to dominate in the West.
Two JCB Vibromax VMT 390 tandem vibratory
rollers have been used to repair a 3 km stretch

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of road after the Kyrill storm devastated parts of


central Germany. Siegerland was one of the worst
affected regions and increased traffic, due to
transporting fallen trees around the city of Siegen,
damaged the roads between Siegen-Eisern and
Wilnsdorf-Rttgen. The 3,9 tonne rollers, which
feature 1300 mm drum widths, were used to
compact the road. A new sewer with six shafts

has also been installed and connected to around


70 houses while new pavements were also
re-laid.
Meanwhile, Vgeles Super 2100-2 paver, fitted X
Dynapacs CC424, shown here working in
Norway, is part of the companys new
asphalt roller range.

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ROAD BUILDING
Contractor
FB
Grnanlagen
und
Pflasterbau is using a 23,2 tonne JCB
JS220 tracked excavator to help with
embankment work in preparation for a
number of bridges along a section of the
new BAB 73 road, which links the cities of
Suhl and Nuremberg, in Germany.
system for automated grade and slope control,
and corrections are automatically initiated, the
company added.
Automatic control of both the screeds position
and the pavers direction of motion makes Vgele
Navitronic Plus unique in the market, the
company said.

OUTLOOK

with the companys 3D control system, Navitronic


Plus, has been used in the construction of a section
of the new A26 motorway near Stade, Germany.
German contractor, Bunte of Papenburg, chose
the Super 2100-2 to carry out the work which
involved paving a 10 m wide and 180 mm thick
asphalt base over 10 km. According to Vgele
the demands were high, as the project required
a perfect base onto which to place binder and
wearing courses hot-on-hot without any further
grade and slope control.
Navitronic Plus has an open interface, so that
different positioning systems can be connected

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and in this case a Topcon mm GPS positioning


unit was attached to the paver. The Topcon unit
combines satellite and laser-based measurements
and can calculate the machines location with the
high mm accuracy, Vgele stated.
Signals from both sources are processed by the
positioning system and a comparison is made
with the routes specified design data. The results
are transmitted from the Topcon units computer
to Vgeles Navitronic Plus, which takes over full
control of the machine.
In the event of layer thickness or slope deviations
signals are emitted to Niveltronic Plus, the

The development of electronic control systems in


road building machines continues to accelerate.
They are key to improving machine performance
in an increasingly sophisticated and highly
competitive market.
Mr Owen said the road building equipment market
seems to be more resilient to the recent market
changes than other sectors of the construction
equipment industry. He added even if the European
market declines Volvo still sees opportunities for
growth in compaction. This is because the company
still has a low share of the market and therefore is
less affected by any overall change in the market.
Mr Owen concluded, There is a whole generation
of customer and contractor who grew up with
electronics and expect and demand those kinds of
features on the machinery.
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RENTAL

Rental check

Rental companies are


scaling back their fleet
investment as they
struggle to adjust to
Europes weakening
construction sector.
At the same time,
rental companies are
promoting themselves
as ideal partners for
contractors during
difficult market
conditions. M U R R A Y
P O L L O K reports.

IF YOU ARE AMONG THE CONTRACTORS


looking hard at how to cut costs, then perhaps
it is time you thought about how Europes rental
companies could help. Rental firms have been
enjoying the fruits of the high rates of construction
growth over the past few years and have invested
heavily in equipment. These same companies are
now seeing the demand for their fleets falling, or
at least flattening out, and are keen to market
themselves as partners who can assist contractors
in becoming lean and efficient.
One key thing that rental companies can provide
is risk reduction supplying equipment that a
contractor might need, but doesnt want to add to
his balance sheet at this moment.
Rental companies will be able to supply
the needs of the contractors when they are
hesitant about investing in a piece of construction
equipment, said Michel Petitjean, secretary
general of the European Rental Association (ERA),
the body that represents the interests of over 40 off
Europes largest rental companies, This is exactly
what the concept of rental is by definition.
Anders Collman, head of corporate
communications at Cramo, the Finland-based
rental company that is one of the most important
renters in the Nordic region as well as in Eastern
and Central Europe, expanded on the role of the
rental company in a softening market, Rental
is by nature a way to increase flexibility (in both
directions). So our customers are in a better
position to meet the weakening markets than
they would have been with their own equipment.
Customised rental solutions is the fundamental,
forward looking answer to the question.

Rental company A-Plant has expanded the


services available through its Extranet site
for customers.

He also advises contractors to perhaps think off


renters as more than simple sources of equipment.
For example, We also have a possibility to
assist customers in the sale of their own, surplus
equipment.
Jeff Schofield, head of marketing at Hewden,
one of the largest rental companies in the UK and
itself undergoing a restructuring as it adjusts to
a weaker market, pointed out that renting rather
than buying doesnt just limit capital investment,
but also the overall cost of ownership, Because
the hire company will manage the maintenance
and servicing of the rental fleet.

OPERATED PLANT
Mr Schofield said Hewden has already noticed an
increased emphasis on operated plant (equipment
supplied with a driver) in response to the weaker
market conditions, with customers, Increasingly
looking to hire operated plant to help them keep
their payroll at a sustainable level. At Hewden,
many of the machines in our plant and crane fleet
can be supplied with a fully-trained operator who
is able to carry out the task quickly, efficiently and
most importantly, safely. This helps to reduce
the risk to contractors and ensure that the project
is completed on time and on budget, helping to
maintaining good client relations.
For contractors, however, a weakening market
will be a good opportunity to see just how much
they can leverage their relationships with their X
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Jeff Schofield, head of marketing at UK


rental company Hewden.
foremost rental suppliers, relationships that have
been forged during much better times.
Some will inevitably see this as a chance to ask
for price reductions. Lower rental rates are already
in evidence in the US and there will be pricing
pressures in Europe as well. Rental companies
have cut back dramatically on their investment in
equipment some by as much as 50% this year
and with the likelihood that there will be further
investment holidays in 2009.
Smaller fleets do help maintain prices, but even
so, prices are under pressure, particularly in certain
markets and products. An extreme example is
aerial platforms in Spain, where almost a decade
of high investment in aerials by rental companies
has resulted in a national rental fleet of 47000
units, which ANAPAT, the Spanish aerial platform
rental association, estimates is around 15000 units
too big for the current demand.

PRICING
Josep Marsal Minguella, president of ANAPAT
and director of rental company GAMs specialist
access rental division, GAM Vilatel, said time
utilisation rates are around 50% to 55% in Spain
down from 70% or more in recent years and
rental rates are as much as -25% lower than a
year ago. He said it is likely that as many as 4000
units will be sold off from fleets over the coming
year, mostly from the two largest renters, GAM
and HUNE.
Rental companies not unsurprisingly say that
rate cutting will be a false economy for contractors.
Anders Collman at Cramo said pricing is obviously
dependent on each customer and contract. In
most cases there is a frame contract to regulate
the discounts. The best case is to follow the
existing contract until it is time for renewal. We
are not an aid organisation, but obviously we
strive to find win-win solutions when customers
face a problem.
Rental is transaction intensive. We are thus to a
large degree dependent upon long-term relations
with a vast number of customers. Our role is to
help customers improve their businesses, taking
our own profitability into consideration, he said.
For Hewdens Jeff Schofield, it is a question off
how customers can secure the best value from
their rental suppliers, rather than simply looking
for lower prices. As an example, at Hewden,
the value that we deliver is in our security off

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supply, meaning that when a customer chooses


to hire their equipment from us, they are assured
of a quality, modern piece of plant or equipment,
that is readily available and that is fully compliant
with the latest health, safety and environmental
legislation, he said.
If good customer service becomes more important
during a difficult business climate, then having
up-to-date, reliable equipment should be more
important than ever.
Michel Petitjean at the ERA simply warns
both contractors and rental companies of the
consequences of lower pricing. At a time when
equipment utilisation is slowing down, it becomes
very risky for any rental company to lower its rates.
As usual, reducing the rental rates would result in
poorer service for the customer, he warned.
There is considerable debate within the rental
industry about the true impact of a recession.
Many claim that rental as a concept comes into
its own when times are tough for some of the
reasons given above and it is certainly true that

Hewden says the value it delivers is a


secure supply of quality, modern plant or
equipment that is readily available and
fully compliant with regulations.
uncertain economic times do focus contractors
minds on how they can exploit rental services.
The ERAs Michel Petitjean said experience from
the US is instructive. Over the last 25 years, any
downturn in the American economy and therefore
in the construction industry such as in the early
80s, the early 90s and more recently in 2001 and
2002 has accelerated the penetration of rental,
he noted.

RECESSION
The reference to rental penetration is important,
since the US is still a developing rental market.
In the UK, where rental is already mature, the
situation is different. Hewdens Jeff Schofield
said, Experience from previous recessions has
shown that a slowdown in the economy is, in
reality, no more beneficial for a rental company X

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THE EUROPEAN RENTAL ASSOCIATION
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calculator that allows contractors to quickly
evaluate the benefits (or not) of renting.
The multi-language calculator, which can be
found at www.erarental.org/calculator.asp,
allows equipment users to assess the actual
costs of owning a piece of equipment for a year
taking into account all the costs involved,
including maintenance, insurance etc and
then compares that to the rental cost for the
same period.
Although not designed to provide a definitive
answer to whether you should rent or buy in
every circumstance, the calculator is designed
to provide potential rental customers with an easy and quick way of finding out the most economical
solution.
The calculator is neutral, in the sense that it is up to the contractor to input the costs of owning
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RENTAL

Cramos
Anders
Collman

We are not an aid


organisation, but
obviously we strive
to find win-win
solutions when
customers face
a problem.
Cramos Anders Collman

Over 60 members of ANAPAT, the Spanish


access rental association, met at a special
crisis meeting in Zaragoza in early
November to discuss the difficult trading
situation.

Finland-based Cramo is, along with Ramirent, the largest rental company serving the
Nordic region and Eastern and Central Europe.
because with fewer contracts up for tender, it is
natural to experience a reduction in the volume
of rentals too.
However, although activity in the construction
and house building sectors has slowed, at Hewden,
we are seeing a steady increase in markets outside
of the worst hit areas, particularly in utilities, oil
and gas and public sector applications.
Cramos view on this is useful, since its market
areas span both rental-developed Scandinavian
countries and Eastern European countries where it is
pioneering the introduction of rental. Historically,
I would claim that the birth of a modern rental
industry in Sweden dates back to the recession in
1992, said Mr Collman, when a number of small
back-yard rental companies (often owned by, or
off-springs from construction companies) were
merged into what became Cramo, a professional

company with rental as its core business.


A recession works both ways. Short term
rental companies are last in and first out
if contractors have at least some proportion off
owned equipment. Contractors who actually need
additional equipment despite a recession are
definitely more benign [towards] rental solutions.
Long-term ups and downs in the overall economy
increase the interest for rental solutions and
outsourcing arrangements.
Of course, rental companies can also help
contractors become more efficient, regardless
of whether they need more or less equipment.
The latest technology whether for tracking
equipment or providing web-based information on
equipment on rent help contractors keep tabs on
their rented equipment and on costs.

INNOVATION
Another UK rental company, A-Plant, for example,
has just extended the Extranet service that it
has been providing for several years. Now, the
Extranet offers facilities for damage and loss off
equipment and pre-authorisation of hires.
Under the new system, products damaged on
site are recorded by the depot concerned via the
A-Plant Intranet and the new damage and loss
feature on the Extranet allows customers for the
first time to view a report and images of the
damaged equipment on-line. This provides the
basis for discussions between the customer and
A-Plant to agree on a charge for the damage,
said A-Plant.
The new pre-authorisation system, meanwhile,
Allows customers to pre-authorise the hire off
equipment they need every week for sites across
the country. Instead of a batch of invoices, the

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RENTAL
customer instead receives a consolidated invoice
based on their pre-authorisation of equipment.
The new pre-authorisation process gives customers
complete control of the stock of equipment they
have on hire from A-Plant, the company said.
Cramo is also working hard at innovating its
service. We are constantly developing new
concepts to make rental a more attractive
alternative, said Anders Collman, Recent new
features to increase availability include a pilot
24/7 depot in the Stockholm area. A common call
center for the entire Stockholm region is another.
Business Support, enabling key customers to
follow their rentals directly in our business

Josep Marsal Minguella, president of


Spanish access rental association ANAPAT
and director of GAM Vilatel.

Confidence falls
across globe
RENTAL COMPANY CONFIDENCE WORLDWIDE HAS TAKEN A SIGNIFICANT HIT
following the banking/credit crisis, with the latest IRN
N Rental Confidence Survey from our sister
magazine International Rental Newss (IRN ) finding that half of all surveyed rental companies will
invest less in equipment next year and one in ten will close depots.
The survey reveals that almost a half of all renters expect zero growth or falling revenues next year,
and the proportion expecting over 10% growth fell from almost 50% last year to 19% now. Almost
250 rental companies and equipment suppliers responded to the survey during October, at the height
of the financial/banking crisis.
The annual Rental Confidence Index has also taken a knock, falling 13% to an all-time low of
63.3 (where 100 means extremely optimistic, 50 means neutral and 0 no confidence). For the past
five years it has consistently been at the 70-73 level.
However, there are causes for optimism. Despite the reigning back on spending, a hefty 51% of
companies are still planning to expand their fleets next year (a figure that has consistently been 80%
or more for the past four years).

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Jeff Schofield at Hewden said the company is
investing in its training infrastructure, To ensure
that when a customer chooses to hire from
Hewden, that it receives all the information it
needs to operate the machine as efficiently and
economically as possible. For example, we can

provide training on how to achieve the best fuel


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customers to reduce their consumption at a time
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So there is definitely scope for you to get more
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GPS

With new satellites


being launched,
STEVE SKINNER
looks at connectivity
across the expanded
GNSS (Global
Navigation Satellite
Systems) network,
how it will influence
applications in
construction and
where it could take the
industry.

Global
connectivity
ESTABLISHED GNSS NETWORKS INCLUDE
GPS and GLONASS developed by the US and
Russia respectively. The 3,4 billion European
Galileo system is scheduled to join them in 2013.
China too, has aspirations to expand its Beidou
navigation system to global status (Beidou-2, also
known as Compass) a project thats already
more advanced than Galileo.
The proliferation of both networks and numbers
of satellites has led Leica Geosystems to move
away from calling our systems GPS, said Craig
Hill, Geomatics marketing director. To better
represent the growing networks we have migrated
towards naming our products GNSS systems, he
continued.
With four proprietary satellite networks available
within the next five years, GNSS connectivity
across the differing satellites will ease fixing in

difficult terrain and also improve accuracy, said


Ian Stilgoe, product marketing manager for survey
and GPS at Topcon.
Its a contentious issue stating that connectivity
across the different satellite platforms improves
accuracy, but weve done testing and were
positive that better results can be obtained,
continued Mr Stilgoe.
Justin Walford of Leica Geosystems said of
accuracy, The antennas used to track the GNSS
are crucial to accuracy and tracking performance.
In launching our SR25 Choke ring antenna
we have brought innovative 3D conic choke ring
design to market, improving performance relating
to multipath rejection and signal to noise ratios.
The SR25 also improves tracking of satellites when
in low elevation, continued Mr Walford.
Trimble too, recently launched its GNSS choke X
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The universal design of skyline 6 means that
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he server so status is available to users at all
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relating to multipath rejection and signal
to noise ratios.

for unmanned vehicles, said John Cameron,


general manager at Trimbles Pacific Crest
Corporation.

ACCURACY
Total accuracy is the ultimate aim for the industry.
Typical GNSS systems currently offer accuracy
of around 10 mm in the horizontal plain and
20 mm in the vertical plain, said Mr Stilgoe. This
is where Topcons mm GPS laser system comes
into its own because it improves accuracy to

between 3 and 5 mm in the vertical plain.


In construction projects this is critical.
A +/-10 mm discrepancy in the position of a
road isnt exactly catastrophic, but a +/- 20 mm
variation in the rise and fall is totally inadequate,
said Mr Stilgoe.
Topcons Millimetre GPS system (mm GPS) uses
a GPS receiver to give the software an X, Y and
Z position, while sensors also pick-up the exact
height from a laser. In effect, the level from
the laser overwrites the GPS height to increase
accuracy, said Mr Stilgoe.
Leica offers a similar solution using a terrestrial
positioning system (TPS) total
station. On a dozer or
grader
were
a
looking at Total
GPS, said Wolfgang
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machine
marketing support manager.
Essentially, we combine GNSS
capability with the height accuracy of a
TPS system. This solution is probably best
known through our Leica Power Digger 3D
excavator system
Prisms on a machine communicate
with the total station that is set-up
close to the working area, said Mr
Hill. The total station measures
angles and distances to produce
the horizontal coordinates as
well as the vertical height of the
machine.
The failing of optical or laser systems is
that they require line-of-site, whereas GNSS
applications only require satellite access, said
Mr Hill. Certainly, for initial, rough road works
where centimetre accuracy is sufficient, current
Topcons A7 prism series supports the
ability to mount a GNSS receiver on top of
the prism for an integrated rover solution,
such as in mm GPS.

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GPS

Livelink
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Leica PowerDigger 3D gives the exact


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The bucket position is compared to a
reference surface and then height and
slope differences are displayed to the
operator in real-time.

NEXT MONTH, JCB WILL INTRODUCE A NEW


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of machines. The advanced telematics plug into the
machines own diagnostic system and a satellite or
cellular transmitter then provides machine information
to customers on a secure database accessible through
JCBs own secure website.
JCB Livelink transmits information including hours worked, temperatures and pressures, as well as
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Livelink is available as a retrofit through JCBs dealer network or, from January 2009, as a factoryfitted option beginning with heavyline excavators and then extending through the JCB range.
JCB Livelink provides our customers with an extremely high-tech system which will help them run
their businesses more efficiently and profitably, by improving productivity and enhancing servicing,
said CEO Matthew Taylor.

Topcon Tiera is a tracking system


that connects directly to the machine
control systems via a canbus. It
reads all of the machine functions,
such as temperatures, pressures and
fluid levels and communicates and
logs all this information at a base
station which can then be accessed
in real-time over the internet.

GNSS systems are perfectly adequate.


For final preparation and finish, when an
operator needs greater accuracy, then a
combination system is still the most viable
solution.

COMPATIBILITY
A significant issue in the industry today
is inter-compatibility of equipment,
said Dr Robert Snow, director of product
marketing for Magellan. Lack of intercompatibility because of proprietary
message protocols can lock users into a
single vendors solution. Magellans Blade
technology, found in the new ProMark
500 GNSS survey receiver, assures not
only inter-compatibility, but also the
optimal combination of accessing
GPS and GLONASS.
Our Blade technology also
interacts with the Satellite Based
Augmentation System (SBAS), a
system that supports wide-area
or regional enhancement through
the use of additional satellite-broadcast
messages, said Dr Snow.
SABS connectivity is evident on most
construction systems, said Mr Stilgoe of Topcon.
SABS is a geo-stationary system that sits above a
particular continent offering atmospheric correction
for the main GNSS transmissions. Only accurate

station, regardless of the manufacturer.


Sure, a contractor can go on-site with
a rover system, but we certainly dont
believe its as good a solution as using a
base station system, particularly when it
comes to machine control.

PACKAGING

to within the 1,2 m level, in Europe SABS is


better known as EGNOS (European geostationary
navigation overlay service).
Clearly, compatibility of equipment is extremely
important, continued Mr Stilgoe. A contractor
may arrive on a site that already has a base station,
so its imperative that he can access that base

Fan beam laser


IN ORDER TO OBTAIN BETTER ACCURACY AND IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY, TOPCON
introduced what it calls a bar code transmitter for its mm GPS. Where a normal laser projects a thin
horizontal beam, our bar code or fan beam transmitter sends a beam that effectively has a readable
height of 10 m, said Ian Stilgoe, product marketing manager for survey and GPS.
In normal circumstances a sensor needs to be at the same height as a laser transmitter to pickup the signal, whereas with the Topcon fan beam theres a full 10 m of flexibility. With +/- 5 m
movement in the vertical plain, this fan beam transmitter lies at the heart of our mm GPS, said
Mr Stilgoe.

Beyond
connectivity
and
compatibility key aspects off
new systems coming to
market include reliability and
suitability to task. Crucial for
GPS is ruggedness, reliability
and maintainability of equipment,
said Dr Snow of Magellan. GPS can provide a
cost-effective means for improving efficiency so
long as failures in the field are rare.
Modularity of systems is certainly one off
Topcons goals, said Mr Stilgoe. We operate the
same hardware and software on all machines so
that operators who invest in our equipment now
will be able to upgrade when contracts or finances
allow.
Leica, this year, introduced its PowerSnap
concept to its machine control systems. Our
contact free control panels simply snap on and offf
the docking station, and without cables theres a
minimal number of components, which improves
reliability, said Mr Hill.

BEYOND POSITION
On site transmitters and receivers may represent
the work face for GNSS systems, but beyond
positioning, connectivity also facilitates a host off
other project functions.
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GPS

operation receiver offers centimetre


accurate measurements and is suitable for
survey grade static and kinematic surveys,
including topographical and control point
surveys.
Topcon Tiera is a tracking system that connects
directly to the machine control systems via a
canbus, said Ian Stilgoe. It reads all of the
machine functions, such as temperatures, pressures
and fluid levels and communicates and logs all this
information at a base station.
A similar monitoring concept was introduced
by Komatsu in 2005 when it launched Komtrax.
100000 machines world-wide are now equipped
with Komtrax.
Effectively, this system enables customers to see
what their machines are doing from the comfort of
their own office, said Simone Scucchiari, technical
support manager for excavators at Komatsu Utility
Europe.

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JV for Caterpillar
and Trimble
CATERPILLAR AND TRIMBLE HAVE ANNOUNCED A NEW JOINT VENTURE (JV) COMPANY
and distribution agreement that will focus on applications for road construction, paving, heavy
construction and quarry/aggregates worksites.
The new company, VirtualSite Solutions, will integrate the deep expertise of both companies in
the areas of product design and software development.
With an increasing need to improve customer job site productivity, reduce fuel consumption
and maintenance costs while maximising equipment health and utilisation, there has never been
a better time to integrate machine monitoring with site management to create a market-leading
connected worksite for our customers, said Gwenne Henricks, Caterpillar vice president with
responsibility for the Electronics & Connected Worksite Division.
A new dealer distribution channel will be branded SITECH, and will be the outlet for products
and services for the aftermarket. Trimble will have primary responsibility for managing the SITECH
dealer relationship.

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GPS
just watch the machine rather than actively control
it, said Mr Klanner.
One of the things that semi-autonomous
machines could do is reduce the required knowhow for machine operators, said Leicas Craig
Hill. Inexperienced machine operators could, in a
matter of days or even hours, operate as precisely
as people with 20 to 30 years of experience.

VISION
Although GNSS systems are not yet mm accurate,
existing combination systems are providing the
construction industry with precise, fast and
efficient solutions. There is little question that
as more satellites come on line, additional GNSS
networks are created and technology develops,
those behind GNSS systems will achieve their aims
of mm perfect systems. Once thats accomplished,
its hard to see how any contractor could compete
without GNSS systems on his side.
ce
In September Magellan launched new
firmware for its ProMark 500 GNSS survey
receiver. New features include backward
compatibility, the ability to use GSM data
mode to receive RTK corrections and the
possibility to collect real-time corrections
via a cell phone.

EW

DOING BUSINESS IN THE DARK IS NOT AN OPTION

They can also send information back to the


machines which is then displayed to the operator
on the LCD monitor mounted in the cab, continued
Mr Scucchiari.

AUTONOMOUS MACHINES
I dont know if its going to be ten years, or
five years, but I think well see a drive towards
autonomous machine operation, said Mike
Rhoda, president and CEO of Volvos excavator
business line. I think as the technologies develop
and machine positioning systems mature, then
it will become increasing feasible to envision a
machine that doesnt require an operator to run.
A point very much supported by Mr Stilgoe off
Topcon, I think if health and safety regulations
allow it, well certainly see fully autonomous
machines in the next five to ten years.
A great deal of money has already been pumped
into autonomous machinery for military purposes,
so that machines can be put into war zones
without operators. I am sure similar technology
will ultimately reach construction sites, continued
Mr Stilgoe.
At Topcon we have looked at systems and
conducted a significant amount of research and
development in this area, so I think the limiting
factor will be legislative rather than technological,
said Mr Stilgoe.
Somewhat at odds, Wolfgang Klanner of Leica
Geosystems is more reserved when it comes to
fully autonomous equipment. Leica is not actively
pursuing fully automated machine control, said
Mr Klanner. Its possible technically, but we think
that it would only take one accident involving
personal injury and the systems would be out off
the window for at least ten years.
Our market information leads us to believe
that most people wish to have someone on the
machine, even if its only to hit the big red button iff
something goes wrong, continued Mr Klanner.
Already in agriculture, and even in open cast
mining, we have systems where operators really

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reach.
power.
Control.

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Primary demolition is all about reach, power and control.


Volvos range of Ultra High Reach (HR) excavators deliver
performance at heights up to 32 m at the pin. All HR models
feature a tilting cab, innovative modular boom and optional
hydraulically variable undercarriage features that enhance
safety, increase production and simplify transport and setup.
Up to four boom congurations allow use of one machine for
many job types. Volvos six Standard Demolition excavators
(21 to 70 tonnes) are purpose-built for tough primary and
secondary demolition work closer to the ground. Along with
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Volvo is your complete demolition solution provider.
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DEMOLITION & RECYCLING

While very much a


niche sector within
the construction
industry, todays
demolition contractors
are often at the
forefront of equipment
developments.
LINDSAY GALE
from sister magazine
Demolition & Recycling
International reports on
some of the highlights

wer
on high
IN ANY CITY AROUND THE WORLD, URBAN
redevelopment projects almost always require
the removal of existing outdated or dilapidated
structures, with demolition contractors normally
being brought in by main contractors to carry
out the work. The industry often has to deal with
buildings put up in the 1960s and 1970s that
feature higher quality materials with stronger and
greater levels of reinforcement than previously.

New demolition
specific Liebherr
LIEBHERR, ARGUABLY ONE OF THE LEADING
manufacturers when it comes to excavators designed
specifically for the demolition industry, introduced a new
demolition excavator earlier this year. The R954 C VH-HD
Litronic provides a reach of 28 m and weighs in at 73
tonnes. It provides a full 360operating radius without
any limit in stability or reach, and comes with a hydraulic
extending undercarriage to provide optimal stability on a
larger footprint. A 30 tilting cab is standard.

This has an impact on the machines needed to


efficiently and rapidly reduce these structures to
piles of rubble.
The result is a two-prong driver for the equipment
manufacturers the need to be able to reach
higher and also to be able to work with more
powerful and therefore heavier hydraulic
attachments at this greater height.
Dramatically illustrating this trend, the highlight
of the demolition sector this year was the launch
of what is the worlds highest reaching demolition
machine, in the shape of the 90 m, 220 tonne
telescopic rig recently introduced by Dutch crane
specialist Rusch that can carry a 6 tonne tool at full
height. This working height is 25 m greater than
anything else currently in existence in the world
(although there are rumours of a 100 m reach
machine to come in Japan). Should this machine
prove successful in the field, CEE understands that
a second may follow next year.
Rusch has other plans for further special
demolition rigs that will be built over the course
of the next year. First, there will be 75 m and
45 m versions of its 90 m telescopic design, as
well as a new concept a three section boom
that will provide 33 m of reach and 20 m of
digging depth that will be able to carry a 15 tonne
shear (operating with just two boom sections, a
25 tonne shear can be used). Another bigger X
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Demolished
with care
Rockster Recycler has introduced the
RDS 3000 two deck tracked screen to
compliment its range of compact tracked
crushers.
machine using this boom concept will also be
produced based on a Cat 5130 shovel that will be
able to carry a 25 tonne shear to 34 m.
And there is another concept in managing
director Ruud Schreijers mind. On the 90 m
crane, we have changed the base carrier (a Cat
5110 mining shovel) so much that there is not
really very much left of the original machine. As
a result, we are thinking of making complete
machines ourselves, using OEM sourced main
components, such as engines, transmissions etc.
Without exception, full line manufacturers
are looking at the demolition sector as a niche
application where they can supply dedicated
machines for which contractors pay a premium
demolition contractors know what they need
and accept the greater cost. Today, they generally
restrict themselves to 70 to 90 tonne base machines
with a high reach boom not bigger than 45 m, with
a maximum tool weight of 2,5 to 3 tonnes at that
height. Unit sales for these specialist machines will
never reach high volumes, but demand for them
has accelerated considerably over the last two
years. Precise figures are not available on annual
sales of high reach excavators but the upward
demand trend is clear.
Given the need for more powerful tools, it is
reasonable to speculate that while OEMs are
unlikely to produce seriously tall booms, they will
be actively looking at the need to increase the
tool carrying capacity of their existing and future
machines.
One thing needs to be made clear, however, and
that is the skill level required from operators. Take
the Rusch machine as an example. It is designed
purely as a lifting tool to get a heavy demolition
attachment up high (which is why Rusch refers to
it as a demolition crane). The tool does the work,
not the boom. Pull on a building with the boom
and it will break sooner rather than later. This
requires great skill imagine, you are 90 m away
from the jaws of the tool and have only video
cameras to guide you during the demolition of a
10 or 11 storey building. While smaller demolition
rigs may have a more robust boom, the same skill
levels are required if accidents are to be avoided.

IN SWEDEN, TWO OF STOCKHOLMS LANDMARK MILLS, THE RED MILL (BUILT IN 1889)
and the Semolina Mill (built in 1920), are currently being converted into luxury apartments and a
prestigious hotel, due to open in September 2009.
In order to leave the shells of the two mills unaltered, due to their historical value, demolition
works on the giant cereal silos, roof and floors, prior to refurbishment, required the most delicate
of approaches.
In removing the floors, the contractors, Rivners AB, employed a Brokk 90 equipped with an Atlas
Copco SB 150 hydraulic breaker. Thanks to the slim body of the Brokk 90 and the low weight, the
operators were easily able to pilot the demolition robot through all the narrow and confined spaces
inside the mill, said a Rivners AB spokesman.

reuse (consider how many medieval structures


incorporate Roman remains in their make up),
but today they routinely recycle more than 90%
of all debris arising from their activities. Some
countries are further down the recycling road
than others, but in North America and Europe
in particular, legislation has or is currently being
put in place to concentrate the minds of those

dealing with construction and demolition waste.


Increases in landfill taxation, along with the
growing shortage of landfill capacity across the
board are encouraging contractors to look at
waste as a potential source of revenue rather than
as a cost.
In addition, on-site processing and reuse of
demolition waste reduces vehicle movements

RECYCLING DRIVE
The other major driver that is behind activities
in the demolition sector is a common one
today, material recycling and reuse. Demolition
contractors down the years have traditionally
being reasonably proficient in the art of material

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DEMOLITION & RECYCLING

Husqvarnas
robotic
demolition
This 65 m high reach demolition machine
based around a Liebherr 984 is the highest
reaching machine currently in the UK and
one of the biggest in the world.
A Hyundai 18 tonne Robex R180-7A crawler
mounted excavator has been modified with
a hydraulic elevating cab and Kinshofer
peel grab to handle sorting and loading
of demolition waste by Smiths Group in
Bristol, UK.

HUSQVARNA IS TO LAUNCH ITS DXR 310 REMOTE-CONTROLLED DEMOLITION ROBOT


in early 2009. Featuring an optimised power to weight ratio and equipped with state-of-the-art
technology, the new DXR 310 from Husqvarna is the first product in a planned range of remotecontrolled demolition machines from the company.
We know there is a demand for these machines among our customers, and we are happy to
respond to that need as part of a natural growth process, said Thomas Nilsson, business manager
for demolition equipment at Husqvarna.
At the heart of the DXR 310 is a single piece base-plate, ensuring strength and optimal weight
distribution. The plate includes fasteners, lifting loops and LED spotlights.
The remote-control system is adapted to cope with harsh demolition environments involving
vibration, concrete dust and water. The internally developed unit is easy to use with a clear plain
text display.
The Husqvarna DXR 310 is designed for applications such as light demolition and indoor work, as
well as for use in sensitive environments, said Mr Nilsson.

around a site, minimising impact on surrounding


communities while at the same time reducing
fuel consumption and associated emissions to the
atmosphere in a time of growing environmental
concern. Indeed, contractors frequently loudly
advertise this fact as part of their public relations
efforts on major jobs.
However, there is a downside to recycling where
a number of modern materials used in construction
are concerned. Large roofing panels used on
industrial buildings constructed from the 1950s
onwards frequently contain blown foam insulation,
with the blown foam using CFC gases. When these
structures are demolished, uncontrolled cutting or
burning of these panels releases the CFC gases
into the atmosphere illegal under the Montreal
Convention. They must be disposed of in the same X
German manufacturer Sennebogen can
now offer two of its waste handler models,
the 830 and 840, with demolition booms.
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DEMOLITION & RECYCLING

Crushing on
the quiet
With a maximum reach of 90 m, this new
demolition crane from Dutch specialist
Rusch is the new record holder, both in
terms of height and tool weight at height.

A LOW NOISE, LOW VIBRATION KLEEMANN CRUSHER FROM WIRTGEN IS PROCESSING


20000 m3 of concrete waste and 10000 m3 of excavated rock in the city centre of Leeds, UK.
The unit, owned and operated by Skillings Crushing of Lancashire, is helping Laing ORourke clear
the city centre site in preparation for a new 650 million ( 770 million) retail complex.
By locating the Kleemann crusher on site, we have avoided unnecessary hauling of demolition
materials, said Dave Skillings, the machines owner, instead, we are transporting processed
materials off-site directly to market.
The environmental and noise emissions of the machine are well within the background levels
of the site and fewer truck movements have saved fuel and reduced carbon emissions, continued
Mr Skillings.

Hospital
operation
JOHN F HUNT DEMOLITION IS DISMANTLING SIX
of the outer buildings at Londons famous Great Ormond
Street Hospital for Children. Due to the sites close
proximity to sensitive treatment areas, the contractor
has been prevented from using traditional demolition
techniques.
Our contract dictates that we cannot use any methods
that would create noise, vibration and dust, as we have
to demolish some structures that are physically joined
to the hospitals other occupied buildings, said Scott McCue, site manager for John F Hunt
Demolition.
These restrictions prevent us from using the normal method of hydraulic breakers on excavators,
so weve opted instead to use wet cutting saws and hydraulic munchers and crackers, continued
Mr McCue. To do this weve had to prop between floors and take the buildings apart one floor at
a time working from the top down.
To lessen or eliminate the structural transmission of any noise or vibration, the project buildings
are being physically separated from the occupied hospital buildings by track sawing the vertical
periphery of each storey.
Using a 1 m diameter diamond blade lubricated with water and running on tracks bolted to the
floors and walls, it is taking about 45 minutes to fix and saw a 2 m section, said Mr McCue.
An additional complication in the demolition is the removal of the previously redundant heating
system, which comprises panels of asbestos encased heating coils that are integrated into the
underside of the 300 mm floor slabs.
Conventional hand-held breakers were out of the question so the team has devised a system to
remove the panels intact, complete with the slab, again using a combination of sawing, propping
and lifting, said Mr McCue.
Once demolished, the cleared site will make way for the new 10 storey, UK 70 million
( 83 million) state-of-the-art Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.

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way as refrigerators, in a controlled


environment, but currently there are
very few, if any, disposal facilities
that can handle their size.
Another example is the asbestos
content in Artex wall coatings,
which while very low, can result
in any crushed concrete originally
coated with this material being
classed as hazardous, with the
result that disposal costs and
difficulty greatly increase.
These two simple examples
illustrate the challenges facing the
demolition industry. While recycling
rates are high, and are getting
higher, it is unlikely that we will
ever see a rate of 100% being
achieved. And who knows what the impact modern
construction materials will have on these rates
what surprises are lurking in recent builds, just
waiting to confound the demolition contractors of
the future who will have to dispose of them? ce

JCB has introduced a skid steer specially


equipped for the demolition role in the
shape of its Series II Robot 160 XD.

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EQUIPMENT
ACCORDING TO LIEBHERR, THE
Generation 6 range, Will set new
standards for crawler excavators
in the 21 to 28 tonne category.
It also said new series, Will
achieve new levels of performance,
economy, operating convenience and
reliability.
The first three models to be released
are the R 906 with an operating
weight of 21,7 to 23,3 tonnes, the
23,7 to 26,4 tonne R 916 Litronic
and the 25,7 to 27,1 tonne R 926
Litronic.
In response to different market
requirements each new machine is
available in Classic or Advanced
version. Classic is aimed at typical
tasks while the Advanced versions
have more technology on board and
are designed to be more flexible.
Liebherr is targeting sectors such as
mining, embankment construction,
industrial
applications
and
demolition work with these higher
spec machines.
All Generation 6 models have the
new Positive Control hydraulic
system with two independent circuits
and corresponding control system
logic. It is designed to cater for
demand that includes use of three
or more functions simultaneously or
partially synchronised.
This means the machines are able to
carry out several movements at once,
such as grading during travel - either
straight ahead or in a curve. The
Advanced versions higher operating
pressure also increases tractive effort
and tearout and breakout power,
Liebherr said.
The Advancedexcavatorsfeature
Positive Control Advanced,
a new technology Liebherr
has developed to make

Generation 6
preview
Liebherrs new
Generation
6 tracked
excavators are
due for their
official launch at
Aprils Intermat
exhibition in
Paris, France.
However, C E
was treated to a
special preview
of the machines.

working with attachments and other


non-earthmoving tasks as simple as
possible. The technology comprises
a series of power management
systems and sensors that help
match oil pressures and flows for
smooth and efficient operation. It
also includes the companys LiDat
on-board diagnostic system.
Power on all three models is
provided by Liebherrs own fourcylinder diesel engines. Outputs are
105 kW in the R 906, 115 kW in the
R 916 and 130 kW for the R 926, and
all comply with the current Stage
IIIA emissions standards. Liebherr
has used CAN BUS networks in its
engine management systems keep
engine speeds steadier, optimise fuel
consumption and make more efficient
use of the available power.
Higher performance and longer
operating life are features of the new
undercarriage. It uses an X-pattern
construction principle to distribute
forces more effectively and prolong
working life. A new design of travel
gear increases performance in that
maximum travel speed is 6,2 km/h,
+17% higher than its predecessor,
and tractive effort is up by +12%.
Part of the new travel gear is a
23-tooth drive sprocket that helps
smoothness and high running speed.
All the new excavators have

shorter operating cycles, helped by


+24% higher slewing speed and
+50% more torque, according to the
manufacturer. The larger diameter
slewing ring distributes incoming
forces more effectively to reduce
stresses and extend operating life.
Improved noise insulation and better
access for maintenance are other
features of the new structure.

INSIDE
Operators will appreciate the brand
new cabs on the Generation 6
machines. An air suspension seat
is standard, and the adjustable
controls move with the seat to help
operators find the most comfortable
working position. A 7-inch (180 mm)
touch screen is used to control many
functions and for diagnostics, and
the unit is also video-compatible.
Outside the cab, boom hoses have
been relocated to give a better view
around the boom, and xenon work
lights are available as an option. ce
The Generation 6 machines
feature a brand new
spacious cab.

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EQUIPMENT

Perkins
previewed
its Stage IIIB
compliant
engines and the
technological
challenges raised
by compliance.
STEVE
SKINNER
reports.
PERKINS IS CONFIDENT THAT
its Stage IIIB compliant engines will
offer a +3% improvement in fuel
economy and a +10% increase in
power output over current Stage IIIA
variants, although initial purchase
costs of Stage IIIB compliant units
could rise by over +30%.
Stage IIIB compliant engines
will represent a step-change for
the industry, said Oliver Lythgoe,
Stage IIIB marketing manager at
Perkins. The implementation of
these engines requires an entirely
different kind of engineering and
totally new ways of working with
OEMs to integrate the engine.

LEGISLATION
In order to meet Stage IIIB
legislation and attain certification,
engines will have to pass scrutiny
in the field, regardless of ambient

Power alliance
or operating temperature or even
altitude, said Julia Boorman, senior
legislation engineer. Stage IIIB also
means that well have to measure
oil mist from the crankcase, which
means the crankcase will likely need
to be sealed - a fundamental change
in engine design.
Further changes in design include
heavier engines as tolerances are
increased, the universal use of
turbochargers, and the introduction
of sizeable diesel particulate filters
(DPF) for post-burn treatment of
exhaust gases.
The engines themselves are the
most compact weve ever designed,
but with the necessary filter systems
the physical characteristics of
the whole package represents a
considerable increase, said Allister
Denis, product marketing manager.
In fitting the new engines, the
collaboration between us and the
OEMs is essential as end products
will need to be modelled at the same
time as the engines in order to meet
the packaging needs of the Stage IIIB
compliant units.

NOX AND
PARTICULATES
In order to meet legislation, engine
manufacturers are looking at two
primary systems to reduce nitrogen
oxide (NOx). One centres on reducing
NOx through cooling the ignition
process via exhaust gas recirculation
(EGR), while the second selective
catalytic reduction (SCR) is based
on injecting urea into the exhaust

The Perkins piston head is domed in order to improve the mix


and therefore the burn.
stream so that a catalyst filters NOx
as an after treatment.
We looked at both systems and
believe that EGR offers our customers
the most effective and fuel efficient
solution, said Ben Reed, Stage IIIB
product engineering manager.
Further to NOx reductions, and in
order to reduce particulate emissions
in keeping with legislation, all
manufacturers are developing afterburn filtration systems. To achieve
a -95% reduction in particulate
matter, we have developed a ceramic
diesel particulate filter (DPF) made
from cordierite, said Mr Reed. In
conjunction with this initial filter,
we also have a through-flow diesel
oxidation catalyst to reduce carbon

monoxide and hydrocarbons.


One of the issues with filtration
is that filters block and thus require
regeneration, said Mr Reed. This
can be achieved either through low
or high temperature regeneration.
Low temperature regeneration uses a
catalyst to generate nitrogen dioxide
that oxidises carbon at temperatures
above 250C, while high temperature
regeneration uses a fuel injected
650C blast from a turbo to burn-off
the filter contents.
For our engines over 130 kW,
high temperature regeneration
is our preferred method, said Mr
Reed, while for our engines below
130 kW, we have designed the DPF
to last for life.
We currently have 400 engineers
working on the Stage IIIB project and
we estimate that implementation
will cost twice that which we spent
implementing Stage IIIA, said
Maarten Verkiel, NPI programme
manager.
Fundamentally, the biggest single
feature of Stage IIIB implementation
is the collaboration that is necessary
between engine manufacturers and
OEMs, said Allister Dennis. We
are already a long way down the
road with OEMs, and the closer
integration of our teams relating to
finished products is a very positive
and exciting aspect of the Stage IIIB
implementation.
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The Perkins engine facility
in Peterborough, UK is semiautomated and by year end
will have produced 400000
units in 12 months.

CONSTRUCTION EUROPE DECEMBER 2008

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EQUIPMENT
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Four new
portable
compressors
from Atlas
Copco deliver
more drilling
production
with less fuel
consumption.
PATRICK
H I L L reports.

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THE EFFECT OF RELATIVELY
small improvements over long periods
of time can be large. Such is the case
Atlas Copco made for its new DrillAir
range of compressors, the XRVS 617
and 647 and the XRXS 567 and 607,
from its Portable Power division. It
said the measured -4% reduction in
fuel consumption of the new models
would be worth 14400 per year to
operators (based on a consumption
rate of 1l/hr, costing 1/l).
Its easy to understand why reducing
drilling cost was the primary design
objective of the new range, which
can deliver 606 to 630 l/sec at 25 bar
and 566 to 591l/sec at 30
bar. Division product

Heart of the range


is a new design of
the screw element,
which compresses
air more efficiently.

58

manager for large compressors


Gathuru Mburu said operating costs
are more than 85% of a compressors
total life-cycle costs, and that fuel
costs are more than 80% of those.
Drillers primary interest, according
to Mr Mburu, has switched from
revenue growth to reducing cost.
Equally significant and more
immediate, said Mr Mburu, is
improved drilling performance using
the compressors, because of their
+7% higher free air delivery. Drillers
now want deeper and wider holes, to
drill faster, and lots of air to remove
cuttings at the bottom, he said.
The company tested its new unit,
using the same drill rig, new tools,
and same drilling settings, against
a competitors. It said its new 25
bar model powered drilling at
a rate of 710 mm/min, +24%
faster, and the 30 bar model at
930 mm/min, +60% faster, than
the competitors.
Instrumental to delivering the
benefits of improved performance
and energy efficiency is a new
screw element, common in the four
models of the range. Atlas Copco
strived to reduce air leakage from the
unit, resulting in a wider optimum
operating range, and less energy
required to compress air. The units
service life was also improved.

LONGER LIFE
Also increasing service life is the new
ranges Oiltronix V2 system, with a
new valve, controller, and sensor, to
keep the temperature of lubrication

oil just above the dew point, which


prolongs component life. Oiltronix is
an option on the 25 bar and standard
on the 30 bar models.
Power for the compressors comes
from a Stage IIIA compliant Cat
C18 engine delivering 429 kW.
Fuel efficiency is enhanced by the
FuelXpert device, which matches
engine speed to partial air demand.
Atlas Copco provides the
compressors in five mount options.
For single-site use are skid and
support (the smallest, at 6,6 tonne
and measuring 4,56 m by 2,25 m
by 2,44 m) mount versions and a
7,2 tonne, two-axle wagon mount
with 975 l fuel tanks capable of
25 km/h.
Anticipating, perhaps, the growing
use of compressors for drilling on
multiple sites, such as currently in
Scandinavia for geothermal heating,
the company also builds a tandemaxle, 8,3 tonne, EU trailer version.
It is capable of 90 km/hr and has
1550 l fuel tanks. For the US is a
version capable of the same speed
but having the smaller tank and an
external fuel connection.
Helping keep track of the
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feature. It links the units via mobile
phone networks to provide remote
access to operating information
and diagnostics. The system also
sends text and e-mail, and users
can optionally supplement it
with a handheld, wireless remote
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EQUIPMENT

HITACHI
CONSTRUCTION
Machinery (Europe) has launched a
new 1 2 tonne class mini excavator
in the shape of the ZX14-3.
The new model is powered by a
three-cylinder 10,7 kW diesel engine
and features a 22 litre fuel tank.
The mini excavators hydrualics are

New Hitachi mini


similar in design to the systems
found on Hitachis larger machines.
This includes responsive control
levers, with the whole package
delivering precise operation and
increased efficiency.
Area Sales Representative Joep
van den Maagdenberg said, Hitachi
mini excavators deliver a powerful
package in terms of versatility and

reliability. The ZX14-3 is positioned


within a crucial class and has
evolved from the existing Zaxis
range. It has already been tested
on a wide range of job sites with
extremely positive results. So, we
are confident that the enhanced
performance of the ZX14-3 will be
well received by our dealers and in
the market as a whole.

Although a compact machine,


designed wiht ease of tranpsort
in mind, the ZX14-3 features a
spacious cab with a fully adjustable
seat and plenty of leg and foot
space. A comprehensive dashboard
enhances operator comfort and
control with an easy-to-view
monitor. The display can be used
to check information such as

maintenance intervals and fuel


consumption figures.
The cab has a strong structure
and offers excellent stability with
its low centre of gravity. Noise and
vibrations are kept to a minimum
due to an improved tread pattern
on the rubber tracks an innovative
vibration-reducing feature to
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Working height 20.30 m

JLG 800AJ sn 71181


Year 2003
Working height 26.38 m

JLG 860SJ sn 70688


Year 2002
Working height 28.20 m

UpRight X32 sn 18010


Year 2002
Working height 11.70 m

UpRight MX19 sn 10611


Year 1999
Working height 07.80 m

UpRight MB 26 sn 174
Year 2002
Working height 10.00 m

JLG 450AJ sn 0463


Year 2004
Working height 15.72 m

Please do not hesitate to contact us as our stock changes on a daily basis.


We also have new machinery in stock, ALL major brands available.

Only a 10 minutes drive


Airport
from Schiphol
The address for rental and sale of Aerial platforms and Scaffolding

For further information please call mr. Andrew Bezemer


+31251 290200, andrew.bezemer@instant-holland.nl
www.instant-holland.nl
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Optimal cubicity

Excellent performance

Highly versatile

Maximum productivity

Productivity
in Action
For more than 140 years, Sandvik has invested heavily in research and development to make our
customers more productive. Sandviks equipment is the product of skill, experience, advanced engineering, leading edge materials technology and modern production methods. Sandvik does not only
have the complete line of state-of-the-art products for all your critical operations, but also a full
understanding of the various processes involved. Our knowledge is based on a wealth of experience
gathered from customers like you all over the world. Sandvik puts its expertise in action in order to
help make your business stronger.

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