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  • Alberta’s oil cuts backfire as crude-by-rail shipments collapse

    Rail volumes fell 56 per cent last week compared with three weeks earlier, after setting a record in December, according to Genscape Inc.

    Alberta’s effort to alleviate a crude glut through mandatory production curtailments may be backfiring, as Canadian heavy crude has become too expensive to ship by rail.

    Two months after the provincial government announced the cuts, crude-by-rail shipments are declining even as pipelines remain at or near capacity. Rail volumes fell 56 per cent last week compared with three weeks earlier, after setting a record in December, according to Genscape Inc., which monitors crude-by-rail loadings at some of the larger terminals in Western Canada.

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    Feb 12, 2019 - 8 days ago

  • Terex Trucks has its eyes set on growth in Germany

    With hundreds of billions of euros being spent on German infrastructure projects over the coming years, Terex Trucks has identified Germany as a key market. The articulated hauler manufacturer already has three dealers in the country but it’s keen to sign more – not least because its upgraded TA300 was recently launched there.

    With so many major construction projects ahead, Terex Trucks wants to strengthen its position in Germany.

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    Feb 11, 2019 - 9 days ago

  • Celebrating A Centennial And Looking Ahead To The Next 100 Years

    Cummins kicked off its centennial celebration on February 6th with a simple message: “Challenge the Impossible.”

    That’s what the company has been doing since it was founded in a former warehouse in Columbus, Indiana, in February 1919, employing just four people. And it will be the mindset the now global company of more than 58,000 men and women embraces for the next 100 years.

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    Feb 8, 2019 - 12 days ago

  • BC Will Need More Construction And Maintenance Workers By 2021

    BC will need more than 14,600 additional construction and maintenance industry workers to meet peak labour demands by 2021

    The labour market in British Columbia’s construction and maintenance industry has already experienced shortages and will require at least 14,600 additional workers by peak market activity in 2021, according to the latest labour market forecast released today by BuildForce Canada. But even as demand cools somewhat through 2028, a predicted healthy construction market paired with high retirement levels indicate the province will need to increase recruitment to keep pace with demands.

    BuildForce Canada’s 2019–2028 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward provincial forecast report shows the BC construction and maintenance industry will be driven primarily by non-residential projects, although residential projects will continue to require workers as new construction gives way to strong demand for renovation work.

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    Feb 8, 2019 - 12 days ago

  • Alberta's Labour Force Gap

    Alberta: Slower Short-Term Growth In Alberta’s Construction And Maintenance Industry Still Requires Ongoing Recruitment Efforts To Avoid A Labour Force Gap Of 21,100 Workers By 2028

    Employment in Alberta’s construction and maintenance industry rose in 2018 for the first time since 2015 heralding a return to modest employment growth that, combined with retirements, may create a labour force gap of approximately 21,100 workers by the end of 2028, according to the labour market forecast released today by BuildForce Canada.

    BuildForce Canada’s 2019–2028 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward provincial report forecasts employment requirements for both the residential and non-residential sectors to remain mostly unchanged in the short term, but as activity increases after 2021, the industry is projected to grow by 11% by 2028. The commissioning of the Fort Hills oil sands mining and processing operation represented a swing from large-scale oil sands expansion to sustaining capital and maintenance activities. Provincial economic diversification efforts are helping to broaden the construction market with a new emphasis on industrial and institutional building construction and infrastructure modernization and expansion.

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    Feb 8, 2019 - 12 days ago

  • Bitter Cold Means Heightened Risk For Outdoor Workers

    Frostbite accounted for 88
    percent of cold-related injuries over the last five years

    With temperatures plummeting this week in northern B.C., WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and workers they need to prepare and have a plan in place to manage the risks of working outside in sub-zero temperatures.

    From 2013 to 2018, 68 workers in B.C. were injured as a result of cold exposure, and one worker died in the Okanagan region in 2014. Injuries included frostbite and hypothermia, which can take hold gradually and, if untreated, lead to death.

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    Feb 8, 2019 - 12 days ago

  • Sweetheart Deal Is Sour For Workers, Employers & Taxpayers

    The B.C. Government’s sweetheart deal with B.C.’s Building Trades Union cuts out 85 per cent of B.C.’s construction workforce, will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and undermines opportunities for youth, women and Indigenous workers entering the industry, says a coalition of British Columbia’s largest construction associations and progressive unions.

    The newly-formed coalition, representing an industry-wide alignment of companies and workers making up 85 per cent of the construction workforce in B.C., spoke out today as the government and the exclusive Building Trades Union hold a convention in Vancouver celebrating the introduction of preferential Project Labour Agreements (PLAs) to B.C. These agreements contravene the rights and freedoms of the majority of B.C.’s construction workforce.

    Under the government’s PLA, workers on the Pattullo Bridge replacement and Highway 1 (Interior) expansion project will be forced to join the government-approved Building Trades Union, operate out of a hiring hall, and be subject to the exclusive rules of the Building Trades Union.

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    Feb 6, 2019 - 13 days ago

  • Electrifying! Wacker Neuson And Kramer At Bauma 2019

    At Bauma 2019, international construction equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson Group will be taking visitors on an electrifying tour of its vast product portfolio. The zero emission range will be one of the main attractions at the Wacker Neuson and Kramer stand.

    “Bauma is and always has been the most important platform for us to engage in depth with current and prospective customers in a professional setting, inspire them with our products and showcase our impressive machines in action,” explains Martin Lehner, CEO of the Wacker Neuson Group. “Every three years, the entire international construction equipment industry comes together in Munich – it is the place to be. All I can say at this stage is that visitors to our stand can look forward to the usual impressive and captivating experience. Even for me personally, Bauma is the highlight of the year.”

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    Feb 6, 2019 - 14 days ago

  • Construction Machinery Industry On A High In Bauma Year—CEO Dittrich: Dare To Drive More Digitization!

    • Above-average willingness to invest and positive mood
    • Shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge
    • Digitization with room for improvement

    About two months before the start of the world's leading trade fair bauma on April 8, 2019, Messe München is presenting exclusive study results for the construction machinery sector. Important findings of the “bauma Industry Barometer”: The mood for investments worldwide is predominantly positive, the lack of skilled workers is the number one challenge, the megatrend of digitization determines the future—but is still in its infancy. Messe München leader Dittrich: Make use of digital solutions for competitive advantage.

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    Feb 6, 2019 - 14 days ago

  • Kramer Presents The New Telescopic Wheel Loader 8145T At The Bauma 2019

    The Kramer Werke GmbH will again use the world leading trade fair Bauma as platform for presenting product innovations this year. But trade fair visitors will not only meet the new wheel and telescopic wheel loader models, for virtual reality and live presentations of machines are central at this exhibition.

    Kramer is once again exhibiting at the Bauma together with Wacker Neuson this year. With near 6,000 square metres, visitors can expect one of the biggest fair stands in the outdoor area at stand no. FN.915. The large demo area offers the possibility to experience the machines live in their application. Kramer will display a wide profile of its product portfolio in real-world application once again this year, as well as present the new telescopic wheel loader 8145T.

    The new Kramer telescopic wheel loader 8145T model

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    Feb 6, 2019 - 14 days ago

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