Group chairman spurs staff on
Seoul, South Korea
Doosan Group chairman Yongmaan Park told staff in his 'New Year's Message' that economic recovery will provide opportunities for those who are ready.
"The significance of the year of 2014 cannot be overstated since the recovery of the global economy is now visible in terms of business environment," Park said.
He noted in his speech that the survivors of past economic crises were also harvesters of the fruits from economic recovery.
"However, as most sufferers of the recent recession turned out to have survived it, the size of the fruit for each will depend on how prepared and planned each company has been, and it is more than obvious that only those who are properly ready will enjoy more market opportunities.
"We must spend this year making sure we have exceptional products, technology, and work strategies to become winners in the global market. All of our preparations for the recovery phase must be completed this year." Growth in IPAF-approved trainees
Cumbria, United Kingdom
A total of 127,365 people were trained by International Powered Access Federation -approved training centres in 2013, according to the association.
This is 12.8% more than the 112,887 people trained in 2012.
Training available from IPAF-approved centres includes operator courses for which a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-Registration) is issued, and harness and management courses which result in a certificate.
IPAF issued a record 121,744 PAL Cards worldwide through its approved training centres in 2013, an increase of 12.7% over the 108,065 PAL Cards issued in 2012.
CEO Tim Whiteman says: "We anticipate that we will hit the mark of half a million valid PAL Cards sometime this year. Projects recently launched, such as the global rollout of management courses, the introduction of PAL+ advanced operator training and the eLearning module, promise exciting times for IPAF and the industry." Golf course to promote equipment business
Rocester, United Kingdom
The proposed 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course JCB wants to build next to its world headquarters is expected to be completed in 2018.
JCB will invest in a GBP30 million (USD49.2 million) golf course next to its world headquarters to boost sales and build global awareness of its brand.
The proposed 18-hole, 7,150-yard (6,538 m), par 72 championship golf course centre, on 240 acres (101 ha) of rolling countryside to the south of JCB's Rocester headquarters, is slated to be completed in 2018. About 100 people will be employed in groundcare and hospitality roles.
It will be built to tour-quality standard and could potentially host a major tour event, attracting competitors and spectators from all over the world.? ?
The plans were conceived by JCB chairman Lord Bamford and follow an announcement in December 2013 that JCB will invest GBP150 million (USD246 million) to build two new factories in Staffordshire and significantly boost production to meet anticipated growth in demand for its products.