CCNZ reflects on 2017 Budget spending

In a press release circulated after yesterday’s Budget CCNZ’s CEO Peter Silcock welcomed the focus of 2017’s Budget on capital infrastructure investment and future resilience. However, the industry organisation says the spend will be more effectively used if local and central government  improve how they contract infrastructure work. CCNZ represents more than 600 large, medium-sized and…

2017 Construction Industry Survey

After several months of planning, in partnership with Teletrac Navman and CCNZ, this morning Contractor magazine emailed out an industry survey to its database. We are extending an invitation to anyone who did not receive an email invite to participate in this 15 minute exercise.  You need to have relevant industry experience to qualify.  The…

Volvo’s electric excavator unveiled

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) unveiled its latest concept machine – known as the EX2 – to industry specialists, policymakers, the media and academics at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit on Tuesday May 16th. The 100% electric compact excavator prototype delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total…

Guest blog by Regan Burke

Civil Contracting is a legacy industry.  I have been involved in our family business for 20 years, this is but a mere blink compared to the savvy veterans, who are still at it and who live and breathe the ins and outs of construction.  Most businesses, family or not, have strong values and these, along…

New Technology by Richard Campbell

  It is quite amazing the speed with which new innovations or methods are introduced to the earthmoving & construction industry these days. When I started out as a novice operator, a good 33% of the machinery in our spread was still cable operated or was a hybrid of cable and hydraulics. Auto-greasing was unheard…

Q&A on journey management with JESI

Recently we had a Twitter encounter with a company who provide a journey management SaaS. Things escalated. Renee Turner from JESI took the Contractor Q&A  and kindly answered the following questions.. Contractor: That’s an interesting company name- where does JESI stem from? Renee: JESI is the trusted partner for corporations worldwide who prioritise the safety and efficiency…