2018: A Year to revive the demolition industryPublished 18/12, 2017 at 15:57
There is no doubt that demolition is a highly specialized world industry, developed and formed by professional organisations committed to training operatives to ensure industry continuity, growth and safety as standard.
As a result of this commitment, the demolition industry is represented in the most advanced continents. However, since 2008, even in these advanced countries, the demolition industry has been damaged following economic and financial crises.
Nevertheless in the last few years the market has begun to change and in countries where the crisis had a higher impact than others, such as Ireland or Spain, the demolition industry is enjoying a revival, which is welcome news for the global industry.
The condition of the industry at present is healthier than in 2008, and 10 years on, it is time to revive the demolition industry.
Another factor for this revival is the evident professionalism of the demolition industry in countries where in years gone by this ethos did not exist.
The European Demolition Association (EDA), fully appreciate this shift, and as a result, recently supported the Serbian Demolition Association (SDA), in the first demolition conference held in their country. On 23rd November 2017, the SDA held a professional event with the participation of the public administrations of Serbia along with the University and the EDA. This event was wholly successful.
Another key aspect of the revival is the environmental pressure exerted by the public administration and the move to involve the demolition industry as a important partner to assist with reaching a truly circular economy.
The European Commission has presented the EU C&D Waste Management Protocol in countries throughout Europe. Where EDA and its national associations have been involved the cooperation between the EC and EDA, something we have been working on for several years, has proved wholly successful.
This revival, when related to the internal data collated by the EDA for the European Demolition Industry Report 2017, shows that the investment in demolition in recent years has been high. It is clear that the demolition industry needs a definitive revival globally and at the EDA, where we have always worked together to provide support, are committed to continuing to do so.
2018 will be an intensively active year, especially in terms of events, the main one being the Demolition and Decontamination Annual Convention, to be held in Vienna in June.
Following the excellent experience of the DDR Forum and Expo 2017, the EDA will again organise its Annual Convention. This promises to be a historic event, as the EDA will have been established for 40 years in 2018, and the preparations are underway for an unprecedented celebration.
EDA will also be involved with related events throughout the year, including the National Demolition Association Demolition Convention 2018, in the US, the annual meeting of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in London, where EDA will also host a meeting of directors, and the Intermat show in Paris.
Finally, on behalf of the EDA we would like to take the opportunity to express our best wishes for 2018, which we believe promises to be an excellent year for the whole demolition industry.
The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.