Storm Damage on SH6

Running between Greymouth and Westport, State Highway 6 runs along a scenic albeit exposed stretch of the South Island coastline.  The contractors responsible for maintenance on SH6, Fulton Hogan and sub-contractors MBD Contracting, are on alert at present, as a tropical cyclone is scheduled to make landfall today. It’s actually the second tropical storm in…

Preparing Filipino workforce

Site Safe’s new partnership with Filipino recruitment organisations is helping ensure workers hit the ground running when they arrive here. Site Safe has joined forces with Working In Resourcing, a Kiwi-based immigration company and its counter-part Philippines-based recruitment agency, YWA Human Resource Corporation, to deliver entry-level health and safety training for workers preparing to start…

LeTourneau’s Tournacranes

The original YouTube clip was released late last year but needed some editing. Here is the remix, with static captions and slightly longer. Early in the clip there’s a great shot of Jim Dryden(not Hugh!) of Dryden & Co, standing in front of a Tournacrane at the site of Wellington’s future airport. Please like the…

Genie Material Lift products

 Youngman Richardson & Co has recently been made exclusive New Zealand distributor for the full range of Genie Material Lift products. “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to market this range alongside our existing collection of Genie heavy lifting products,” says general manager, Ed Richardson. “Existing Genie Material Lift customers can be…

The Robur ‘Vibro’ attachment is breaking ground

Robur Attachments is a relatively new player in the attachments marketplace, and one its products is literally breaking some ground. The Robur ‘Vibe’ ripper has been proving it’s mettle in drought-like conditions nationwide. The feature picture shows the ripper at work on Puhoi to Warkworth extension. Here’s video footage of the attachment at work: For…

Building bridges by printer

Dutch officials have toasted the opening of what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge designed for cyclists built in the Dutch southeastern town of Gemert. Work on printing the bridge, which has some 800 layers, took about three months after starting in June and it is made of reinforced, pre-stressed concrete, according…

Takeuchi investment backing

Tenby Powell of Hunter Powell Investment Partners has re-invested in the Takeuchi construction equipment brand here with agency agreements for the Pacific Islands. Together with private equity partners, Powell acquired Auckland-based company Hirepool in 2003. Hirepool was bought from Owens Corporation for $43 million and sold for $172 million some 36 months later. In 2005…