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Mon June 18 2018

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Back to the future

For the past three years, a crack team of JCB designers has been working on a top-secret project. Last month they finally revealed the fruits of their endeavours with the bold claim that it could change the face of the plant industry. Margo Cole reports

Risky Business

Construction entrepreneurs cede ownership of their companies at their peril, says Phil Bishop

Propping up the EU

Specialist UK hirer Groundforce is making its mark on the European mainland. David Taylor reports

A better view

One of the most noticeable themes emerging from the 31st Bauma construction machinery trade fair in Munich in April was the development of in-cab technology linked with external cameras. Phil Bishop reports


Australian engineers have developed a hard-hat that monitors the health of the wearer. David Taylor reports

Flexible approach

Engineers from British and Greek universities have come up with a novel method for protecting bridges from structural damage. Jim Simpson reports

When two become one

Take two specialist plant hirers and integrate them under a chief exec with a plc background and a reputation for radical thinking. Things are going to get interesting in the world of plant hire, as David Taylor finds out

Readymix wrangle

A row had been brewing over the status of so-called ‘volumetric’ concrete mixers. David Taylor reports

High-speed batching plant for Spurs stadium construction

Building materials supplier Tarmac, part of the CRH group these days, has bought a Rapid Transbatch compact mobile batching plant for Spurs’ new stadium.

21st century upgrade for Victorian masterpiece

Piling works mark the beginning of a new future for the 73-mile aqueduct that has served Birmingham without fail for decades. Jim Simpson reports