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%.
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.
Published 15/9, 2017 at 10:26
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published 22/12, 2015 at 14:11
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Published 1/7, 2015 at 15:40
Co-operate! Isambard Kingdom Brunel is one of the greatest ever engineers to hail from the UK. In fact, he can still be regarded as one of the world’s finest ever minds – a giant of engineering who, in the nineteenth century, came up with ground-breaking designs and construction projects that were way ahead of their time. Why, you might ask, have I begun my second column as president by describing Brunel?
Published 1/7, 2015 at 15:39
Based on volume, Construction and Demolition (C&D) is the largest source for waste stream in the EU – about one third of all waste produced. Proper recycling and treatment of C&D waste can have major impacts and benefits in terms of sustainability, when compared to waste disposal. EU and national policy makers have already put in place a strong and effective policy framework to promote optimal waste management in the sector. However more can be done to give a second life to C&D waste through meaningful applications.
Published 1/7, 2015 at 15:36
Dear Readers Branch associations that look after its member’s interests are very important for industries in order to improve, grow and develop in the right direction. I am particularly thinking of demolition, concrete sawing and drilling, recycling, concrete floor grinding and polishing, hydrodemolition and water jetting. The most active associations are in demolition, concrete sawing and drilling and recycling. National associations are often very down to earth and precise in what they want to achieve. Some national associations are more active and far more ahead then others, which can depend on many different things like the size of the association and number and size of its members. But when it comes to umbrella associations like international associations, Pan-European or Pan-American, it is much more difficult to establish an agenda that really attract a big audience or even more the right audience.