New season

New season

Published 10/10 at 17:20

I trust that after your well-deserved holidays, we will all return once again to our primary activities with the energy that a leading industry like ours requires.

Words from the IACDS President: What about the ‘Millennials’?

Published 10/10 at 17:17

The Millennials: sat in front of their phones, tablets or on demand TV, more worried about the latest reality TV star’s next Instagram post than they are about embarking on a career or, to start with, just finding themselves a job.

Greenhouse effect or not, something is very wrong

Greenhouse effect or not, something is very wrong

Published 10/10 at 17:15

Hello folks! Hope you all had a nice summer break if you live in the northern half of the world.

2018: a very busy spring

2018: a very busy spring

Published 3/7 at 12:03

Dear Readers After attending a couple of concrete sawing and drilling and demolition conventions this spring, it has come to my attention that our industries seem to doing rather well all over the world. At the 2018 IACDS convention that was held in Tokyo, all member associations reported positive business conditions for the concrete cutting industry.

There is hope for the future

There is hope for the future

Published 17/4 at 11:03

Dear Readers I wrote this editorial column when flying from Stockholm to Jönköping in Sweden, sitting in a 44 passenger, SAAB 340 Turbo Prop airplane. It was an absolutely beautiful day, with not a single cloud in the sky. I landed in the hometown of Husqvarna, but I did not go to see them this time, but rather I attended the annual meeting of the joint Swedish association of concrete cutters and demolition contractors, BFB.

Let common sense rule

Let common sense rule

Published 22/2 at 14:52

Dear Readers Nowadays, it is easy to get confused when listening to the news on TV concerning market fluctuations. A couple of days before writing this column, the world’s stock markets fell dramatically, dropping to their lowest levels since September 2016, falling between 4 and 7%. I have written about these fluctuations many times previously, and believe that people paid too much heed to these occurrences.

Looking good

Looking good

Published 18/12, 2017 at 15:53

Dear Readers While writing this editorial the year has nearly passed and a new one close to starting. On average 2017 turned out a good year for the global demolition and concrete cutting industries. Most continents have seen an upturn in the economy. Member countries within the European Union have all shown positive figures and some increases over 5%.

PDi Approaching 20 Years

PDi Approaching 20 Years

Published 15/11, 2017 at 17:23

Dear Readers It is 17 years ago and at about this time of year that we started designing the layout for the first issue of PDi Magazine. At that time the aim was to publish four issues a year and in the early years the number of pages in each issue where only half the number they are now.

Up for the Global Sales

Published 15/9, 2017 at 10:26

Dear Readers The northern hemisphere is back in business after weeks of vacation while the southern hemisphere has been coping, in some places, with a tough winter.

An overall steady growth

Published 10/7, 2017 at 11:27

Dear Reader With so many political changes in the world it is quite surprising that the economy in many markets is stable.

Reluctance despite boom

Reluctance despite boom

Published 16/5, 2017 at 11:57

Dear Reader I mentioned in my last editorial the list of international exhibitions at the start of this year. We had the World of Concrete in Las Vegas in January, Conexpo in March, also in Las Vegas, and the Italian show Samoter in Verona about a week before Conexpo. These are the largest international shows scheduled for construction machinery and equipment this year, but that is not to say there is not very much happening on the show front for the rest of the year.

2017, an unbalanced exhibition year

Published 2/3, 2017 at 12:48

Dear Reader A new year and new initiatives. Here we are again, just a few weeks into the new year and not a lot of change. Donald Trump is America’s new president and some of his remarks are unbelievable. The stock market did not go haywire, as many predicted, on the contrary it rose.

Where has the patience gone?

Published 29/12, 2016 at 13:08

Dear Reader I am writing this, the last editorial column of the year, for the 16th time now including this year. It seems like every time I have been summing up the year there is always some frustration involved. Either there is a new war going on somewhere with people suffering, or business has turned bad in some markets, or the world’s economy is unstable and so on. It seems like things were better before. Or were they? Maybe it was just that we did not hear about all misery in the world.

America Wanted a Change

Published 9/12, 2016 at 12:56

Dear Reader Here on this side of the pond we ask ourselves how was it possible for Donald J Trump to win the US presidency? Days before the election, and even as late as the voting day, most polls indicated that Hillary Clinton would win, albeit with a rather narrow majority.

Escape with Facebook

Published 22/6, 2016 at 14:35

Facebook has become an extraordinary tool for the international concrete cutting industry. If you are active in this sector and have a Facebook account you have probably seen that there are several concrete cutting groups on Facebook with thousands of members.

The Law of Jante

Published 19/4, 2016 at 09:30

Dear Readers “All of us are born like originals but many of us die like copies”. I saw this quote in a shop some time ago. I think it is true really. When we are young we are genuine and not at all effected by what people might think or say about us. We are not afraid to stand up for our ideas and what we believe in, of course in a child’s manner. But the older we grow the more we think about what we do, how we think and what we say. I am Swedish and in this country I believe we are even more afraid of sticking out. Because that is what originality is about, to not be afraid of sticking out and to do things in unorthodox way.

Words from the EDA President

Published 29/3, 2016 at 11:16

Hazardous (waste) times Just a few days ago, the European Decontamination Institute (EDI) held in Brussels the very first European Decontamination Forum, to highlight the urgent need for a proper framework to identify, remove and handle hazardous waste from construction and demolition sites.

Words from the IACDS President

Published 29/3, 2016 at 11:12

The busier the better! It has been a very busy start to 2016 and it shows no sign of letting up. This is great news and the busier the better, I say. I am writing this column in between the fantastic World of Concrete event and the forthcoming Bauma in Munich in April.

See you at Bauma

Published 29/3, 2016 at 11:09

Dear Readers It is an exiting year ahead for many reasons and perhaps also a little scary. The year started well with the US show World of Concrete in Las Vegas. It was a successful event and the biggest in seven years and the US building and construction industry is doing well. This year is also special due to the US election in November. It is also now only a few weeks away from the world’s biggest construction trade show Bauma in Munich, Germany. Due to the imminence of Bauma many European manufacturers decided not to exhibit their products at World of Concrete.

What would you do with US$45bn?

Published 22/12, 2015 at 14:11

Dear Readers What would you do if you had US$45bn? Should you choose to donate it to charity like Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he would do during his lifetime

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