State of the Industry 2019

Opportunities and challenges remain for automation, connectivity and alternative power sources in the heavy-duty equipment industry.

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Automation, connectivity and alternative power sources continue to be among the dominating trends within the heavy-duty vehicle industry. As the technologies advance, the opportunities they can bring—such as improved machine performance, ease of operation and reduced emissions—have increased. They also present many challenges in how manufacturers can best implement them into their designs. Our State of the Industry interviews provide insight into how OEMs and suppliers are working to overcome these challenges and make the best of the opportunities available now and in the future. 

Interview topics for 2019 include:

  • Global Markets
  • Government & Trade
  • Diesel, Electric and Other Power Alternatives
  • Data, IoT & Connectivity
  • Automation & Smart Systems
  • Industry Consolidation
  • Challenges & Opportunities

All of this year's full-length Q&As can be found below.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): Dennis Slater, President

Bosch RexrothTerry Hershberger, E-Systems Team Manager, Mobile Hydraulics 

B&R Industrial AutomationSean Grieve, Business Development Manager 

Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE): Riccardo Viaggi , Secretary General 

Cummins Inc.Eric Neal, Executive Director

Dana Inc.: Jeroen Decleer, Vice President of Global Off-Highway Sales, Product Planning, and Strategy

Danfoss Power Solutions: Eric Alström, President 

EatonAstrid Mozes, Vice President, Power & Motion Controls

Hatz Diesel of North America, Inc.Michael L. Hartoonian, President and CEO 

HED Inc.Paul Ludwig, President and CEO

InnovusionSteve Ehrsam, VP Marketing and Sales

John Deere Power SystemsMichael Lefebvre, Manager, Worldwide Marketing Support, and John Radke, Manager, Worldwide Customer Support

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association/Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (MEMA/HDMA): Ann Wilson, Senior Vice President 

Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.Josh Swank, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Sciemetric: Derek Kuhn, President and General Manager

SKF Americas: Michael D’Argenio, Vice President, Digital Transformation & Customer Experience

Southco, Inc.: Bob Straka, General Manager, Transportation

Topcon Agriculture: Brian Sorbe, VP of Global Production Solutions 

Volvo Penta of the Americas: Ron Huibers, President and CEO