Between a lot of rock and hard place
On the whole, prospects are looking up now, and it is time again to plan and invest for the future.
Let’s face it; the quarrying, mining, aggregate and recycling sectors have been under pressure since the drop in market demand for building materials started in October 2008, fortunes have changed however due to investment in the road systems and the increased legislative requirement for recycling. The problem is it’s not looking any smoother in the near future with government investment in infrastructure likely to drop-off, but influences such as the loosening of planning restrictions and the Olympics popping up to offset the dips in demand. These influences are largely beyond our control, although ERIKS does support the Get Britain Building campaign which plans to apply pressure to the new government to help create the conditions needed to allow us to meet the current housing shortage, apart from this, the drive has to be to increase efficiency and flexibility in order to meet changing demands.
The major theme this year that is running through everything from extraction site development and the aggregates levy to new machinery of every kind is an environmental one, it is unavoidable – machinery manufacturers are tweaking products to be more fuel efficient, quieter, easier to use, but there doesn’t seem to be as strong a movement towards making changes that could affect the end-user once they have the machinery in operation; extending maintenance schedules, extending service life for wear components, reduced waste by reducing the need for consumables other than fuel are all good examples.
If you plan on attending the Hillhead exhibition – or indeed you are reading this at the show, come over and see us on stand P134 in the pavilion.
Business Development Manager,
ERIKS Product Business Unit for Drives.