With more and more construction taking place off-site or at ground level, bigger and bigger machinery is required to lift and shift these giant components into place.
One of the leading producers of heavy transportation machinery is TII Group – Transporter Industry International – created by Otto Rettenmaier by bringing together the German companies Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik and Kamag Transporttechnik, and Nicolas Industries of France.
Five expert operators, five Cat machines and an eight-tonne tower of wooden blocks... it's ultimate Jenga.
They’ve produced this video, below, showing how the operators worked together to raise the height of a huge block tower using Cat machines.
Cat 320E and 349E hydraulic excavators, a TH514C telehandler, a 277D skid steer loader and a M316D wheel excavator were all used to reposition wooden blocks each weighing more than 270kg.
Bernard Appleton has been loading lorries for more than 50 years so he knows a thing or two about loading machinery.
Bernard established his company back in 1963, securing a contract loading lorries with grit in the hard winter of that year, and buying a new tractor with the proceeds. His company continues to serve the local Essex highways authorities to this day.
These days BG Appleton Contracts Ltd, based near Maldon, also screens soils, has a concrete crushing division and has developed an interest in green waste recycling.
It looks like Carmarthenshire-based contractor E&TL Jones is shifting the focus of its fleet towards Hyundai.
The Llandeilo company has replaced the larger excavators in its 22-strong fleet with five new Hyundai machines. These include three R140LC-9A and two R160LC-9A tracked excavators.
The deal was sealed by Molson Group, Hyundai’s largest UK dealer. Area sales manager Luke Mercer says: “We were able to prove that Hyundai excavators, coupled with Molson’s service were more than a match for the machines that E&TL Jones had been using.”
Clearly concerned about any accusations of facelessness, however joshingly delivered, the good folk in the Case publicity wing have been swift to prove me wrong.
They have supplied me with evidence that their tall man does indeed have face, complete with the response:
"We are delighted that our usually slick marketing operation is acknowledged... However, we can assure you that the vast majority of our customers are very happy (see more evidence in this picture) regardless of their shape or size. Perhaps we were a bit headless on this occasion due to the masses of interest being shown in our ProCare support programme."