Visit to Brazil a break from the turmoil in Europe
Published 6/3 at 09:40
For four weeks starting at the end of January and including almost all of February, I had the privilege of staying in Brazil. I have visited the country many times since 1985. What struck me this time was that my visit was a break from the unrest in Europe and the war in Ukraine.
Are you riding in the passenger seat?
Published 3/1 at 13:29
When we once again are on the brink of a new year, the experience can vary quite a lot from person to person.
The road back is crooked
Published 19/12, 2022 at 15:44
Soon another year will have passed and the world is still in a state that we can hardly really recognise from before. The world is on the way back to recovery though, but the road back is not exactly straight, as the pandemic has left large parts of the world behind to some extent.
Talk of austerity and recession creates concern in the market
Published 11/10, 2022 at 10:07
When the winds of the recession begin to blow, concern grows among entrepreneurs, suppliers and employees alike. But is the concern always justified, at least to such an extent that it affects the business? Recession is not a new invention, but something that most people in the industry have experienced several times before. The recession is there to be fought. PDi’s editor in chief shares his thoughts on the subject.
Words from the EDA President: Join us at the EDA ‘Think Tank 2022’
Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:21
The European Demolition Association is the trade organisation that brings together the stakeholders related to demolition, decontamination and recycling activities in Europe.
Coming out of the shadows
Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:14
Summer in the northern hemisphere is almost over and now the southern parts of the world are approaching spring and summer. The world is slowly coming out of the mist or the shadows that was caused by the pandemic all over the world.
IACDS annual meeting & networking event
Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:12
This year, the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers, IACDS, will again arrange the IACDS Annual Meeting.
Words from the IACDS President: Three and a half different but exciting years
Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:09
It started at bauma and it will end at bauma. It was three and a half years ago at bauma when I was elected president of the IACDS. And now, three and a half years later, the presidentship of the IACDS will get a new face.
Finally back on track!
Published 4/7, 2022 at 07:49
It is with great pleasure that I can state that we are beginning to return to normal behaviour and working methods. Most countries have lifted their restrictions on the Covid pandemic, and we can meet in a normal and unlimited way again. It's almost like before the pandemic broke out. However, people are still getting sick from the coronavirus, but the effects are not as bad as before, with far fewer fatalities. This is due to the fact that so many have been vaccinated and that we have created a form of herd immunity.
Words from the IACDS President: Protecting our most important asset, [...]
Published 4/7, 2022 at 07:43
Protecting our most important asset, our employees, is paramount I would like to take an incident that occurred at our company at the beginning of this year as an opportunity to once again emphasise the enormous importance of accident prevention.
PDi Magazine condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine
Published 19/4, 2022 at 08:49
When PDi issue 1-2022 was sent to the printers, it was right in the middle of production of the magazine when Russia invaded and started the war against Ukraine.
Coming out of the shadows
Published 11/3, 2022 at 08:31
On Wednesday 9 February, 2022, Sweden lifted its Covid-19 pandemic restrictions even though the infection rates are still at an extremely high level, but are declining. It is as if the government has decided that the pandemic is over and has ended. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, like many other country’s health agencies in Europe, states that the new Omicron mutation is not as deadly as previous mutations and people aren’t getting as ill as they had been with the other coronavirus variants. It has proved to be a real balancing act for the authorities to decide when we should return to a normal life, and, at this point, the whole Nordic region (as well as the UK) has lifted its restrictions, with the rest of Europe slowly coming out of the shadows.
The face masks are back on again
Published 27/12, 2021 at 11:39
I am happy to deliver one more loaded issue of PDi Magazine. Despite both 2020 and 2021 having been maybe two of the most weird years since PDi was founded in 2000, they did turn out rather well for the international concrete cutting, demolition, recycling, remediation and concrete floor grinding and polishing industries. During the second half of 2021, restrictions were lifted in many countries around the world, in particular Europe, but the trend of opening up markets came to an abrupt end when the first cases of the Omicron mutation showed up in South Africa.
Words from the EDA President: Welcome to the digitalisation era
Published 23/11, 2021 at 14:37
If we talk about digitalisation, the moment has come to stop talking about it in terms of the future. That moment had already arrived, in a way, some time ago. But it became more evident with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, which undoubtedly transformed our lives in many ways.
“Bring your broom cos it’s a mess”
Published 23/11, 2021 at 14:28
Things are now loosening up in the market and in June, PDi Magazine exhibited at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, but only with our US personnel attending the show. In October however, some of our European staff attended the Italian show Ecomondo in Rimini. This marks a kind of a new era in travelling after being more or less locked up since March 2020.
IACDS Yearbook 2021 ready for delivery
Published 23/11, 2021 at 14:22
As we approach the end of the year, the IACDS is proud to present our annual Yearbook. This year the focus is on innovation with every member association having presented innovative projects.
Words from the EDA President: New materials for a wider audience
Published 27/9, 2021 at 13:15
One of the main objectives of the European Demolition Association, EDA, from the beginning, was to share knowledge and experiences in order to achieve, through greater dissemination, that the work of professionals in the field of demolition is valued.
Digitalisation is taking longer but fewer steps
Published 27/9, 2021 at 13:10
I was asked by the European Demolition Association to write a piece for the upcoming Yearbook. The subject was digitalisation which made me start thinking. I realised that though we have been covering the demolition, recycling, remediation, concrete sawing and drilling, concrete floor grinding and polishing industries since the mid-1990s, we have never actually worked in these fields. We work in the magazine publishing industry, which is by its very nature connected to prepress and offset printing.
Words from the IACDS President: Think positive is the motto!
Published 27/9, 2021 at 13:03
We have almost made it through the second summer of the pandemic, dealing with the 4th and 5th coronavirus waves due to the high levels of vaccination. Thus the motto is to ‘think positive’ as we approach autumn in a positive mood.