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NCE Live News Updates Monday 30 September: Construction product sales boost

4pm: Hyder Consulting has bought Queensland-based PLD Consulting.

It represents the company’s third acquisition in Australasia in the past 18 months.

PLD specialises in the design of high voltage overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines.

Hyder Consulting chief executive Ivor Catto said: “This acquisition accelerates our entry into the growing energy sector in Australia, and fits well with our global energy sector plans.”


11am: Scotland could be on the brink of a construction mangement skills crisis.

Nine in 10 employers seeking to recruit managers externally over the past year told the Scottish Building Federation they had found ‘significant difficulties’ finding suitable candidates.

SBF managing director Vaughan Hart said: “The difficulty many members have experienced with recruiting externally for managerial positions points to a growing skills shortage. 

“This could create real challenges for the industry as the recovery gathers pace.”


10.30am: A key part of a new facility to process highly concentrated nuclear waste has been delivered by sea to Sellafield.

The 27m high module for the Evaporator D structure travelled 65 miles by barge from Cheshire to a beach in Cumbria.

It was then driven across a purpose built temporary bridge over the River Ehen, then transferred to the site of the facility.

Evaporator D is described as a giant kettle that will reduce the volume of high level liquid waste before it is turned into a glass form and stored.


9.30am: Some positive economic sentiment to start the week - construction product manufacturers expect demand to pick up over the next 12 months.

Nine in 10 producers of light equipment for the industry expect sales to improve over the next year – as do eight in 10 heavy side manufacturers – according to a survey.

Firms said sales of construction products were up in the third quarter of 2013 as the domestic and international markets showed signs of recovery.

Private housing and infrastructure were the key drivers of growth, according to the survey, conducted by the Construction Products Association.

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