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New look for Cat

Caterpillar is launching a new look for its machines, engines, generators and work tools. The latest branding colour echoes the graphics used on the company’s first crawler tractors in 1925.

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‘Plant is not transport’

European MPs this week rejected proposals to include construction plant in ‘clean’ vehicles legislation. “...not an appropriate instrument to cover mobile machines such as those manufactured by CECE member companies”.

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Operator cards set for shuffle

A major shake-up could be on the cards for the future of plant operators’ ‘passports’ as the CITB presses ahead with its sale of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme.

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Volvo charges ahead

Volvo Construction Equipment has shown off its electric compact wheeled loader at an event in Germany. It also demonstrated its electric compact excavator prototype.

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Adam Bruce: A life in plant

It began in the 1960s with a second-hand excavator bought for £1,000 and ended when Adam Bruce sold his plant hire empire and 450 machines in a multi-million pound deal. Scottish Plant looks back on his career.

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‘That’s extraordinary’

Scotland’s biggest sewer superstructure has been hailed as a feat of “extraordinary” engineering. The £100m Shieldhall Tunnel in Glasgow is more than three miles long.

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‘Read all about it’

Customers in Scotland feature prominently in the first issue of Liebherr’s new magazine for the Great Britain and Ireland market. The first Compact model of its kind in the UK is among the machines in focus.

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He’ll tell you where to go

All Colin Glen needed to make the big leap from employee to director of his own company was a final push. And it came from his wife. Now thousands of vehicles in Scotland and England are being shown where to go.

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Excavators: The future

Excavators designed following similar principles to LEGO blocks could be the way ahead as manufacturers seek new ways to improve the efficiency of their operations.

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A matter of choice

It was 2010, the industry was deep into recession and Pat McCluskey was facing a hard choice after learning his employer was pulling out of Scotland. He decided to tough it out.

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