2017, an unbalanced exhibition year

Published 2/3 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

Words from the EDA President: The EDA Industry Report 2015

Published 26/11, 2015 at 14:05

The European Demolition Association has finalized its detailed report for almost all the active European demolition markets.

Words from the IACDS President: The future is the right people

Published 26/11, 2015 at 14:02

In the UK, we came out of the recession some time ago, but its affects are still being felt and while our economy continues to grow, I am still not convinced that we have recovered.

Steam away towards better future

Published 26/11, 2015 at 13:59

Dear readers, here we are again approaching the end of another year at the speed of a locomotive. The overall business in the sectors PDi covers can be described as satisfactory.

Words from the IACDS President

Words from the IACDS President

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?

Words from the EDA President towards a Common EU Demolition Waste Management Protocol

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.

Are we missing the target?

Are we missing the target?

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.

Latin American Concrete Cutting & Demolition Forum 2015 postponed to autumn 2016

Published 15/4, 2015

Dear Readers Christmas and the New Year are over and suddenly we are at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Time flies and this issue of PDi includes a report on the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, a pre-view to Intermat in Paris, as well as several interesting features, case stories, news, company profiles and our survey about India.

Instability has become the norm

Published 30/1, 2015

Dear Reader Here we are again, one year has past and a new one is just starting. As usual our last issue of the year is a combined New Year and January issue focusing on the forthcoming World of Concrete show in Las Vegas on 3-6 February.

Unfortunate delays to PDi

Published 19/12, 2014

Dear readers During the autumn a couple of issues of PDi were delayed, with issue 4 completely missing its schedule. Issue 6 will be distributed as normal at the beginning of next year to coincide with the exhibition World of Concrete in February.

Headwinds dominate downwind autumn 2014

Published 28/10, 2014

Dear Reader We are now well on the way to the end of the year, which is showing mixed fortunes. So far the second half of the year looks promising in some parts of the world, but forecast of little change in other areas. In Europe the construction related business could be summarised as okay. In some northern European markets, such as the UK, France and Germany, business is picking up. However, the situation in the southern area in countries like Greece, Italy and Spain, the situation is more or less unchanged. However, there is an indication of a slight and slow upturn in Spain.

They Demolish Ships!

Published 27/6, 2014

Demolition does not always concern buildings and structures in concrete on dry land. Also steel ships are demolished when they are obsolete. This type of demolition, often very dangerous, takes place in only a few places. On of the biggest sites is in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Writer and photographer Jan Møller Hansen reports.

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