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Standard Plant grows Kubota fleet

31 Aug 2017: Croydon-based Standard Plant Hire has bought 70 new Kubota excavators this year, expanding its fleet to 240 machines – all of them Kubota. more »

Losses continue at HSS

30 Aug 2017: Plant and tool hire chain HSS has reported a pre-tax loss of £30.1m for the first half of 2017, which was attributed to the continued restructuring of the business. more »

HTC crane operators to strike after rejecting £60k a year

30 Aug 2017: Widespread disruption of construction sites across the UK is being predicted with crane operators at HTC Wolffkran going on strike. more »

Second 32-tonne Volvo shovel for Scottish quarry

30 Aug 2017: Glenrothes-based Skene Group Construction Services has added a second Volvo L220H loading shovel to work at its Soutra Mains Quarry facility. more »

UK construction machinery exports continue to grow

29 Aug 2017: UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued on an upward trend in the second quarter of 2017, showing growth for the fourth consecutive quarter. more »

GAP’s turnover hits record £175m

29 Aug 2017: GAP Hire Solutions, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent equipment hirer, has posted record annual turnover for the year to 31st March 2017. more »

BSS moves into low level access

29 Aug 2017: Travis Perkins subsidiary BSS Industrial has bought 30 Snorkel S3010P push-around scissor lifts for its hire fleet. more »

Mecalac UK names Russian distributor

25 Aug 2017: Moscow-based Ferronordic Machines has joined the international distributor network of Mecalac Construction Equipment UK, which was formerly Terex GB. more »

Hitachi sees sales soar

24 Aug 2017: Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) reports string demand for its excavators in the past year, with turnover up 20% and profits rising by nearly 50%. more »

Tracking technology foils plant thieves

24 Aug 2017: Anti-theft technology has come to the rescue of at least two stolen construction machines this month. more »

Telehandler driver survives 50ft pit fall

22 Aug 2017: A telehandler driver has survived a 50ft fall into a waste pit at a Coventry recycling facility. more »

Machinery sales up 6% in first half

21 Aug 2017: Sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK rose 6% by value in the first half of 2017. more »

Self-driving trucks to protect road workers

18 Aug 2017: Highway maintenance contractor Colas has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s first autonomous impact protection vehicle to protect the lives of road workers. more »

Bateman adds diggers and dumpers

18 Aug 2017: Norwich-based Bateman Groundworks is investing more than £1.6m in new plant and vehicles in its 20th anniversary year. more »

CITB invests in plant simulators

17 Aug 2017: The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has spent £1.2m on 16 simulators for training plant operators at Bircham Newton more »

JCB's Bell made CEA honorary president

17 Aug 2017: The Construction Equipment Association has named JCB director David Bell as its first honorary president, positioning him as the figurehead of the UK construction machinery industry. more »

Wolff renews flat-top crane

17 Aug 2017: German tower crane manufacture Wolffkran has replaced its 6015 flat-top tower crane, introduced in 2008, with the new 6020 Clear model. more »

TBM for Chinese metro designed and built in five months

16 Aug 2017: A 148m-long double-shield tunnel boring machine (TBM) for a Chinese metro line has been designed and manufactured in just five months. more »

Prichard’s boosted by plant investment

16 Aug 2017: Welsh demolition contractor Prichard’s has reported a boom in production after investing in new crushing and screening plant. more »

Ordsall Chord's final lift [video]

15 Aug 2017: The final piece of Network Rail’s new Ordsall Chord has been lifted into position over the banks of the River Irwell. more »

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