Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE), says factory shutdowns and supply chain disruptions placed a real burden on the construction equipment industry. However, there is hope the EU recovery plan will help to alleviate some of these burdens, as well as provide funding for infrastructure projects that could benefit construction equipment demand and thus the industry.
Alternative fuels and energy technologies, as well as emissions regulations will continue to drive the construction equipment industry. Viaggi says CECE, like many in the industry, believes there is not one single element in carbon dioxide reduction that will prevail, and all alternative energy carriers have a role to play.
While there is no specific legislation yet being developed for the off-road equipment industry, Viaggi says the industry has a role to play in helping reduce emissions. He also notes the importance of legislators understanding the difference between the on- and off-road equipment industries when developing emissions regulations. "We are not manufacturers of vehicles moving people or goods from A to B, we are production machines that are used by another company in a B2B transaction in order to create productivity and profits," he says.