With 29,700 machines sold last year, the European telescopic handler (telehandlers) market has rarely been so

With 29,700 machines sold last year, the European telescopic handler (telehandlers) market has rarely been so buoyant. The only time demand was higher was in 2007, at the height of the pre-crisis boom. According to specialist market research and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, they account for approximately 16% of total construction equipment demand. The only machines selling in greater numbers throughout Europe are crawler and mini excavators. Telehandlers are most popular in the UK and France, where there have historically been major domestic producers like JCB and Manitou to popularise their use. German demand for telehandlers is small by comparison, with sales about half that of France and the UK. While there are domestic producers in Germany, there has also been historical competition from products like self-erecting tower cranes and more recently telescopic boom wheeled loaders. Europe is the key telehandler manufacturing centre for the world. Last year almost 50,000 machines were produced across the region, meaning 20,000, or 40% of production, was net export. Kicking off with innovation, French manufacturer Manitou has launched its 100% electric range known as...

Piers Morgan on the Newtown, Conn. school shooting: “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘we want less guns, not more’”

In the aftermath of yet another shocking American gun incident, on Friday evening “Piers Morgan Tonight” invited in a host of experts, survivors and insightful voices, all charged with attempting to add perspective and context to a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that cost 28 people their lives. Hosting a live program dedicated entirely to the tragedy that left 20 young children – ranging from Kindergarten age to the fourth grade – dead within the walls of their Sandy Hook Elementary School, Piers Morgan welcomed members from both sides of the gun debate, generating a spirited discussion on the ways in which the nation should respond moving forward: “Why on Earth would you want more guns in schools after what’s happened today,” Morgan asked Steve Dulan. Joining the program remotely from Ann Arbor, Mich., the Attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners made his case: “If we could suddenly make all guns disappear, I’d have a different position,” he stated. “The simple facts are, guns exist. They are essentially 1800′s technology … they’re easy to make, they’re not going anywhere, they...