Photo by Jeff Rubenstone for ENR Chinese equipment manufacturers were a visible presence at CONEXPO 2014. Photo by Jeff Rubenstone for ENR ICP is now selling Lonking machines such as this wheel loader through a deal with online auction house IronPlanet. Looking out over the Silver Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CONEXPO 2014, you'd be forgiven for assuming it was reserved for China-based heavy equipment manufacturers. Giant crane booms with banners for Zoomlion and Sany loom overhead, an imposing yellow booth for Lonking sits below, and a giant robot statue made to look like a transformed Sany
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.