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NCC to buy Finnish asphalt company
NCC has announced plans to fully acquire asphalt and road building company Valtatie Oy. It currently owns 50% of the company in partnership with Colas.
Hanson boosts Heidelberg profits
Heidelberg Cement says its revenues for 2007 will be about +35% higher than 2006 at about € 10,7 billion, following the acquisition of Hanson and the sale of Maxit Group. Its operating profits are expected to hit € 1,8 billion, a +38% increase on 2006's figure of € 1,3 billion.
Sentiment softens
January saw a month-on-month downturn in European construction activity. But although current activity levels are falling, the industry is up beat about the future. Chris Sleight reports.
“Question of the month”
In January CE asked respondents whether they thought there would be a serious economic crisis in 2008. Most were positive, with 74% of respondents saying they didn't think there would be a crisis this year.
Review of 2007
The stock markets had more ups and downs than usual in 2007, with record highs being followed by the fall-out from the credit crunch. There were some gains to be had, but it was still the most difficult year since 2002. Chris Sleight reports.
Off the record?
The term ‘without prejudice' is often used by parties to a dispute that want to communicate ‘off the record'. Neal Morris of Pinsent Masons looks at the legal tests that apply in this area.
Employment balances
Two judgements made in December by the ECJ have implications for the posting of workers and the balance between workers' and employers' rights in the EU. Although FIEC believes this has clarified some issues, there are still grey areas.
Choose the original
Using counterfeit spare parts leads to breakdowns, inefficiency and even fatal accidents. These issues are highlighted in a new CECE campaign – Choose the Original Choose Success.
Show guide
This March's Samoter exhibition in Verona will see the launch of numerous new construction machines for the Europe market. Chris Sleight previews the event.
Technology challenge
The forthcoming Stage IIIB engine emissions regulations present manufacturers with the challenge of finding new technologies that will achieve the required reduction in particulate matter (PM) emissions while retaining engine performance levels. Becca Wilkins reports.
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