Zero-emission construction sites a reality with cordless power tools
Zero-emission construction sites minimise the detrimental impact of consuming gasoline and create a safer work environment
The cordless power tool industry has undergone significant technological change over the past two decades and with global adoption rates seeing a drastic increase, the construction sector is now primed for zero-emission construction sites.
The shift in balance from corded to cordless tools – which may be compared to electric vehicles’ disruptive ability to outperform combustion engines in recent years – has been supported by the power and quality of tools introduced to the market.
This was the industry view shared during ‘Construction x Innovation: Market trends, zero-emission plans & construction technology’, a recent webinar hosted by Messe Frank Middle East as part of a series of digital solutions for regional trade show Hardware + Tools Middle East.
The training manager and trade marketing co-ordinator for Milwaukee Tool, Blagoj Dimkov, said: “Within the last 15 years, we’ve seen the introduction of machines and cordless power tools that can provide the same power as 2000-watt corded tools. Now, global purchases of cordless tools outweigh corded.”
“Regionally, we have seen a massive increase in demand for DC tools over the past five years with some products, such as reciprocating saws and rotary hammers experiencing a 25% and 18% increase, respectively.”
In light of these figures, Dimkov believes now is the time to switch to zero-emission construction sites, not only in order to minimise the detrimental impact of consuming gasoline on construction sites but also to create a safer environment for workers and the public.
Dimkov added: “Cordless technology is ready to take over and the 'new normal' will be zero-emission construction sites. Many countries around the world have already pledged to do this and we believe it is possible to achieve in the UAE.
“When you consider a gasoline line for a site can produce the same CO2 emissions as four cars annually, and the impact that the fumes and noise can have – there are serious implications that we can solve with available technology.”
Dimkov was one of three panellists taking part in the Hardware + Tools Middle East webinar. He was joined by Farhan Rizvi from Fujairah National Constructions Co., and Karthik Ramamurthy from Ipsos Consulting.
In July 2020, organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East confirmed the 21st edition of three-day trade show Hardware + Tools Middle East, originally postponed to 19-21 October, will now take place from 7-9 June 2021.
Hardware + Tools Middle East has enhanced its digital solutions in light of protocols around the COVID-19 epidemic, and is offering a range of free-to-attend webinars in the coming months where industry experts share their insights on innovations, developments, and trends impacting the global and regional construction sector.