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Mon October 23 2017

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More Features Special Feature: Road Construction

Laying asphalt hot on hot

There is a method of laying asphalt used in mainland Europe that has been shown to save time, save money, use less material and produce better longer-lasting surfaces. But, as Phil Bishop reports, UK contractors are finding reasons not to embrace it

Road builders’ finances in surprisingly good health

An analysis of the financial health of road building contractors, conducted exclusively for The Construction Index by Company Watch, has revealed that they are proving surprising resilient.

Government paints bright future for road builders

The government has set out its plans for legislation to prevent future governments from cutting the roads budget.

Trimble control system eliminates stakes and strings

Trimble’s PCS900 paving control system for milling machines, now in version 2.1, is designed to help contractors mill a smoother and higher quality surface, reduce machine stoppage and minimize rework.

Smokeless zone around new Volvo pavers

Latest innovation from Volvo in road construction machinery is a new fume extraction system, keeping bituminous fumes out of the faces of operators and well away from their working environment.

Bobcat planer attachments

Skid-steer loaders are among the most versatile machines in the contractor’s equipment fleet, with any number of attachments that can be fitted for all kinds of applications.

Manoeuvrable Cat paver for tricky jobs

Latest addition to the Caterpillar road construction product line is the AP300D, a flexible paver for tricky small to medium sized jobs such as car parks, cycle paths and urban streets.

Surveyors no longer required

Wirtgen says that its AutoPilot Field Rover makes it possible to have fully automatic, stringline-free concrete paving for the first time, saving contractors time and money.

Taking carbon out of asphalt

Contractor FM Conway is planning further expansion into asphalt production


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