FMB confirm construction output rises despite Brexit uncertainty

THE Government must not be complacent about the damage a ‘no deal’ Brexit would cause amid positive signs of growth in the UK construction industry, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The released figures on the construction industry were published by the Office for National Statistics in November 2018.

Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the FMB, said: “The UK construction sector grew by 2.1 per cent during September to November 2018 compared with the previous three months.

This is despite unparalleled levels of political uncertainty around the very real prospect of a ‘no deal’ scenario.

However, we are urging the Government not to allow these results to create a false sense of security. Since November, political uncertainty has cranked up and is increasing every day.

A growing and prosperous construction sector will be a distant memory if the Government allows the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal in place.”

McMonagle concluded: “The construction industry is also extremely concerned about the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system.

In the Immigration White Paper, published at the end of last year, the Government revealed that they will make few allowances for low skilled workers to enter the UK post-Brexit.

Most tradespeople will be defined as low skilled and therefore will not be permitted to enter the UK, regardless of whether they are from the EU or further afield.

It is crucial that the Government introduces a post-Brexit immigration system that continues to allow us to draw on essential migrant workers or else their house building and infrastructure targets will be totally unachievable.”

www.fmb.org.uk

Volvo places construction companies ahead of the pack

HOLMES Plant and Construction Ltd have been so impressed by Volvo’s compact excavators that they have expanded their hire fleet by a further seven vehicles.

SMT GB’s utility dealer, Contractors Equipment Sales Ltd (CES), delivered four zero-swing, 2.5-tonne ECR25Ds and three larger five-tonne reduced swing ECR50Ds to the company at Otley near Ipswich.

This bringsHomles Plant and Construction's total number of Volvo compact excavators to 12 in a large multi-branded hire fleet.

Good, robust machines

Holmes Plant and Construction Ltd’s co-Director, Ben Holmes, said: “The Volvo compact excavators are good, robust machines.

“They are easy to operate, they wear well and keep their appearance. We have regular clients who request them by name and since we find them very reliable, we tend to hire them to customers with projects further afield.

Just as importantly, we have developed a very good relationship with the team at CES who we find extremely helpful on technical and parts support when we need it.”

The ECR25D is the smallest zero swing model in the Volvo compact excavator range and is powered by a 1.1-litre low emission engine developing 21hp.

The larger ECR50D features a fuelefficient Volvo D2.6A four-cylinder engine that brings a useful powerincrease at 41.8hp.

Faster, more precise performance

The zero or short radius swing excavator design provides exceptional stability and is ideal for working in confined spaces.

Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides a faster, more precise performance and all hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks.


www.volvoce.com

Surface preparation expert returns to Executive Hire Show

TO continue supporting the European rental market, US-based surface preparation manufacturer, National Flooring Equipment returns to the Executive Hire Show.

You will find a range of its walk-behind and ride-on-floor strippers, as well as its newly launched equipment on stand K6 at the Ricoh Arena.

On the stand, National Flooring Equipment will showcase its 5000 cinq-mille and 5700 ride-on-floor strippers. The 5000 is a compact ride-on-floor stripper that can be used in a range of applications, including soft and hard goods removal.

The 5700 all-day battery powered ride-on stripper can work for up to 12 hours on a single charge and remove goods in most applications.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to see the power hammer trolley. Working with an upright power hammer can be uncomfortable, making it more di cult to work e ciently. Contractors can use the trolley to change the angle of the power hammer, making it more ergonomic to manoeuvre.

National Flooring Equipment will also be launching a new shot blaster at the show. The new machine will strip, clean and profile concrete in a single step, increasing productivity. Contractors can visit stand K6 to find out more.

www.nationalequipment.com

C.L.M. to showcase brand new range of product by AL-LIFT at Executive Hire Show

C.L.M. Construction Supplies are bringing a selective new range of products by ALLIFT to the Executive Hire Show 2019 at the Ricoh Arena between February 6-7.

The company's four vacuum lifts and one motorised truck which are all new additions to the products already stocked - and all these products will be on stand I16.

The battery-powered AL-BUTLER 200 is a two-man vacuum lift which has a vacuum pump complete with control panel and a maximum Safe Working Load of 200kg.

The two-man vacuum lift AL-MANOLAY can be utilised for taking up or laying porous slabs and kerbstones with interchangeable suction pads (maximum Safe Working Load of 140kg).

The one-man AL-MOBIVAC has a perfect vacuum system for porous tiles and stones due to the extreme vacuum flow, making full use of its Honda generator.

The AL-MOBIVAC provides a Safe Working Load of 200kg. For the vacuum pumps, there is the AL-BLAZER 2000, which is available and compatible with either a petrol, diesel, hydraulic, or electric motor. The Safe Working Load (SWL) for this machine is also 200kg.

The last machine is the FLEXMOVER (pictured above), a battery-operated trolley that is used for moving board-sheets and other materials.

For enhanced manoeuvrability, the front and rear axles move simultaneously. The SWL is 1,100Kg.


www.clm-supplies.com

PlastiKote's new Trade spray paint range is the essential addition to any tool bag

PLASTIKOTE'S new Trade spray paints, developed specifically for the trade market, will make life easier for painters, decorators, builders, and other tradespersons.

Until now, no spray paint brand has ever targeted the professional builder and decorator with a complete range of easy-to-use, quickdrying, fit-for-purpose spray products.

PlastiKote's new Trade spray paints are function-focused with a colour-coded, easy to navigate collection.

Colour differentiation

The conventional paints are branded orange and these include every day gloss and matt paint colours, Quick Dry Primer Undercoats and Clear Lacquer plus White Satinwood and High Gloss Trim Paint.

Blue-labelled cans denote functional spray paints such as Radiator, Stain Block, Very High Temperature and Anti Slip Paint.

Cans branded green are for more technical products such as Paint Remover, Permanent and Repositional Adhesives, Leak Detector and Degreaser.

All in all, there are 34 trade specific products available.

Every can carries clear and practical usage instructions with the cap indicating finish and colour.

All the paints are quick drying acrylic, can be used indoors and out, and are well priced.

The everyday paints retail at £6.99 for a 400ml can and the functional and technical products at £7.49 per can. The PlastiKote Trade range is available from all good trade retailers.

Toolbank exhibitor for 2019

The leading brand in the UK’s spray paint market, PlastiKote will be at the Toolbank trade shows in 2019 showcasing the Trade spray paint range to new and existing customers.

www.plastikote.co.uk

The Preparation Group showcasing new diamond technology and more

THE Preparation Group will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show on Stand J32, with its one-stop-shop range of equipment and services.

The state-of-the-art equipment, which the company will exhibit at the show, includes products for floor and surface preparation, removal, refurbishment, and cleaning.

New for the show, The Preparation Group will be showcasing its latest range of accessories incorporating new diamond technology for removing, grinding and cleaning a wide range of materials.

New diamond disc designs provide air flow for enhanced performance and are longer lasting. The new wool-based cleaning and maintenance pads are not only an ecofriendly process, but they are also good for the environment.

Lighter and universal fit, the new diamond discs and pads join thousands of other consumables and spares that are ready to deliver next day, or same day within two hours of its depot.

The only surface preparation company to be both SafeHire certified and HITS accredited, The Preparation Group provides a professional service, manufacturing and supplying grinders, surface texture grinders, planers, scrapers, shotblasters and industrial vacuums.

The range is carefully developed to be user-friendly, easy to maintain and to produce high quality results with minimal operating costs.

The company supplies the machines, tools and accessories with full fleet management, along with technical support and tailored training for hire teams.

www.ppcgroup.co.uk

Microdiamant appoint Master Abrasives as UK and Irish market representative

MASTER Abrasives has been appointed the UK and Ireland representative for the range of diamond products for fine grinding, lapping and polishing applications manufactured by Swissbased Microdiamant AG.

The products added to Master Abrasives Superabrasives range can be split into a few categories, including Micron Diamond Powders for the superfinishing of hard materials with demanding specifications for surface quality and dimensional accuracy.

Micron Diamond Powders are offered in a comprehensive product range in micron and sub-micron size range, and in synthetic and natural diamond.

Paul Batson, Master Abrasives’ managing director, said: “We were contacted by Microdiamant, the technological leader in this market, who were looking for a UK partner.

“The Swiss company are the only European diamond microniser with fully integrated production. The new partnership between Master and Microdiamant is a positive step forward for both companies.”

Alongside the Micron Diamond Powders, Master Abrasives also now offer both engineered and ready-to-use diamond slurries for various industries, used for lapping and polishing of hard materials.

Engineered slurries offer flexibility in order to achieve optimal performance, process stability and cost-effectiveness.

The ready-to-use diamond slurries combine the highest-level of precision-graded micron diamond sizes with chemical formulations, offering an exceptional removal rate and surface quality.

They also enable customers to achieve high performance, while minimising total process cost.

As part of the Microdiamant range, Master Abrasives now also offer liquid diamond GAFs, diamond compounds and grinding pads, composite polishing pads, polishing pads and metallography products as other sections of their extensive product portfolio.

Microdiamant manufactures diamond products in all common diamond types; natural, monocrystalline, polycrystalline and nanocluster, and in diamond sizes ranging from 18 nanometres up to 100 microns.


www.master-abrasives.co.uk

Draper Tools’ 12V capacitor jump starter brings even dead batteries to life in minutes

THIS easy-to-use but highly innovative jump starter can be fully primed in approximately two minutes.

It is compact and lightweight yet delivers the same result as a traditional bulky charger.

It’s fitted with advanced capacitor technology that enables the starter to jump start vehicles up to 6L petrol and 3L diesel.

Unlike most on the market, this charger is fitted with an internal battery that energises the inbuilt capacitors, enabling it to start vehicles even when the vehicle’s battery is completely flat.

The unit can be recharged by 12V DC and USB charging cables (supplied).

The LED digital display indicates battery voltage, capacitor charge, lithium battery charge, reverse polarity and function selection.

The unit is fitted with a convenient inbuilt torch with three lighting functions and wrapped in a non-slip protective rubber case.

The stock number for the Draper Tools 12V capacitor jump starter is 82957.


For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit:

www.drapertools.com

Reuse and recycle with PRODEM PSB Rotary Screening Buckets

PRODEM, a leader in the excavator attachments market, has today launched their new range – the PSB Rotary Screening Buckets to the construction industry.

The competitively priced and high quality PSB-R series is ideal for waste material selection on demolition sites, aggregate recovery on construction and building renovation sites, organic waste separation in landfill sites, filling containment cages, covering pipes in pipeline works, and much more.

With nine models available, the PRODEM PSB-R range is suitable for use on excavators weighing 2.5-75T and allows the in-situ usage of otherwise wasted materials, thereby keeping costs down.

The design features an exclusive inlet profile to better facilitate material loading and the PSB120R upwards also features a tapered bottom to increase the screening surface and maximise productivity. Other design features include:

It is also available in a wheel-loader version.

Matthew Bastable, Director at PRODEM, said: “In launching the PSB-R range of Rotary Screening Buckets, PRODEM is showing customers their commitment to helping them make their businesses as productive and cost effective as possible.

“Reuse and recycle is becoming something of a mantra in the construction industry and PRODEM wants to make this as easy to do as possible.”

For more information on the new range or any other of the PRODEM attachments call BPH Attachments Sole UK Importers of PRODEM on 0845 017 6972.

Additionally, BPH Attachements will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show 2019 at the Ricoh Arena on stand J20 between February 6-7.

About PRODEM

Established in 2003, PRODEM has since become one of Europe’s most respected suppliers of high-quality hydraulic excavator attachments.

PRODEM attachments are known for their quality, durability and reliability as well as for being competitively priced, and their customers are in the plant hire, construction, civil engineering, demolition and recycling/waste sectors.

www.prodem-attachments.com

Toolbank become exclusive distribution partner for ToughBuilt

AS OF January 2019, Toolbank are pleased to announce it has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for ToughBuilt products in the UK and Ireland.

Toolbank is incredibly proud to be able to complement ToughBuilt’s range of products and add it to their portfolio.

The new products on offer include the Saw Horses and Jobsite Tables, Mitre Saw Stands, Toolbelts and Pouches, Toolbags and Totes and Knee Pads – all backed by Toolbank’s proven service and support.

Joe Manners, Brand Manager at Toolbank, said: “The introduction of this new range of high quality, professional tools and accessories to help save time, hassle, and money on-site.

“This marks an exciting development for both Toolbank and ToughBuilt in this demanding sector where performance is everything.

“The partnership between Toolbank and ToughBuilt offers customers a real point of difference in this innovative and fast developing market.”

ToughBuilt create innovative products to help trades build faster, build stronger and work smarter.

They listen and research how professionals work, then create the tools to help them save time and hassle, and provide a cost-effective solution.

If it is not better, they do not make it. It is as simple as that. They invent, engineer, test, and verify every ToughBuilt product in the USA, manufacture each product to strict quality standards and back them up with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The full range of ToughBuilt product will be available to buy from February 1 and will be showcased at Toolbank’s Spring Tradeshows in March and April.

For more information on the new range of ToughBuilt Storage Products please contact your local Toolbank Branch or Sales Representative, email: [email protected], or ring 01322 321460.

www.toolbank.com

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