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07.11.2016
 

CECE Congress held successfully in Prague

PRAGUE – Insightful debates and presentations, the right topics and themes, great networking and beautiful surroundings – these were some of the spontaneous comments from participants and speakers following the CECE Congress 2016 in Prague, held last month. From plenary keynotes to deep-dive panels, to inspirational sessions and the regulatory update, technical and economic forums: the CECE Congress offered a large variety of welcome input to delegates. With over 40 high-level speakers,...

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07.11.2016
 

Congress press release: ‘drivers of success’ and market outlook

PRAGUE – “We can only be competitive long-term, sustainably, if we make sure we are the best. The European construction equipment industry is an example of technology leadership. Increasingly, our machines are ‘digitised’ and there is no escape from that. We must, and we are, embracing it. In fact, Europe as a whole must strive to be an engineering and digital powerhouse as well. It’s the right approach for our societies and economies going forward.” This was the main message from...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE Steering Group reflects on strategic direction of the association

PRAGUE – On the eve of the CECE Congress 2016, the CECE Steering Group gathered in Prague for its autumn meeting. The full agenda included a status update on the CECE Work Programme (technical work, advocacy, internal organisation) as well as a strategic reflection on the priorities of the association. CECE members welcomed the greater focus of the High-level Technical Policy Advisory Group on digital technologies and their implications for machine design and business models. The Group...

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07.11.2016
 

New mandates confirmed for CECE groups

PRAGUE – A number of CECE entities confirmed the leadership of their groups during meetings held in the margins of the CECE Congress in Prague. The CECE Statistical Commission re-elected Nicolas Clerc (Caterpillar) as chairman for a new 2-year term, and Fernando Rubio (Hitachi) as vice-chairman. The Product Group Concrete Equipment reconfirmed chairman Frank Siefert (Liebherr) for a new term and the Product Group Hydraulic Attachments re-elected Torsten Ahr (AtlasCopco) in the chair...

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07.11.2016
 

AEB director shares Russian insights at CECE Congress

PRAGUE – Frank Schauff, director of CECE member AEB, the Association of European Businesses in Russia, gave a well-received presentation during the CECE Congress on the latest developments in Russia and the perspectives for business in the country which potential is still unfulfilled, and where the outlook remains highly uncertain. Following the Congress, AEB received a number of requests for further information, and Asker Nakhushev, coordinator of the Construction Equipment Committee (CEC)...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE Economic Forum: Brexit worries, but worth taking note of the bright spots

PRAGUE – ‘Uncertainty’ is the word to summarize the current economic scenario in most regions of the world, with the potential fall-out of ‘Brexit’ being the topic on many minds in Europe. Uncertainty often translates into limited investment activity, but there are also some bright spots for the construction industry and the equipment manufacturers. The Indian market is certainly one of them – reason enough to discuss the prospects for India in detail at this year’s CECE Economic...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE Technical Forum: going electric and digital

PRAGUE – It’s not so much a question ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ the construction equipment industry will be embracing on a large(r) scale the electrification of machinery as well as the digitalisation of equipment, work flow and fleet management. The two topics even intertwine increasingly, as efficiency, monitoring functions and just-in-time services are driving forces behind both trends. At the CECE Congress 2016 Technical Forum, eminent speakers from the academic world, industry,...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE answers to two consultations on the EU Machinery Directive

BRUSSELS – Both the European Commission and consultant Technopolis have opened a consultation on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The two questionnaires are complementary and therefore, both should be filled in by companies, national associations and CECE as European association. The CECE Project Team dealing with both questionnaires is preparing the CECE response and also preparing a guidance document for companies and national associations. These documents will be...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE joins Pact4Youth promoting business & education partnerships

BRUSSELS/PRAGUE – CECE has joined the European ‘Pact4Youth’, the Brussels based coalition of multinationals and business associations lead by CSR Europe, as a sign of the construction equipment sector’s commitment to attracting young talent to the industry, especially with technical profiles. The CECE Steering Group confirmed Henri Marchetta (MECALAC) as CECE ‘ambassador’ for the project. Pact4Youth is run under the patronage of the European Commission and Parliament, and aims to...

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07.11.2016
 

Industry takes part in public consultation on Market Surveillance

BRUSSELS – CECE as well as several national associations and companies have taken part in the European Commission’s public stakeholder consultation on the enforcement of market surveillance, following close coordination with member associations and member companies to provide timely input. CECE believes that the EU Commission has done important work over the past years in assessing the failures of the current system of market surveillance, and produced valuable proposals for improvement in...

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07.11.2016
 

EIB: European Investment Fund on track to deliver

FRANKFURT – The European Investment Bank (EIB) published a high-level evaluation report last month on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), implemented by the EIB Group, concluding that EFSI is on track to deliver on its objective under the Investment Plan for Europe to mobilise EUR 315 billion in investments by 2018. EFSI has also demonstrated that it is an effective way to crowd-in investors. So far over 60% of total investment potentially mobilised by EFSI comes from the...

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07.11.2016
 

MEPs call for stronger re-industrialisation policy for Europe

BRUSSELS – In light of recent announcements of factory closures and job losses in a number of EU countries, including in the machinery and manufacturing sectors, members of the European Parliament have stepped up their calls for a strong reindustrialisation policy in the EU. In a resolution, the Parliament called on the European Commission “to develop, together with the Member States, a Union strategy for consistent and comprehensive industrial policy aimed at Europe’s...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE takes stage at IMDER conference, Istanbul

ISTANBUL – CECE vice-president Lars-Göran Andersson (SACE) gave an outlook on the challenges and market opportunities of construction equipment manufacturers in Europe, during the international panel of the IMDER conference in Turkey last month. The panel discussed the international economic outlook and included speakers from the other continents as well. Apart from shedding light on the market development in Europe, CECE’s Andersson followed up on the main themes as presented during the...

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07.11.2016
 

EDA debates future challenges for the demolition sector

BRUSSELS – CECE participated last month in a think-tank event organised by EDA, the European Demolition Association, and the European Decontamination Institute, EDI, aimed at discussing ‘the next 10 years’. The objective of the meeting was to look ahead in the sector and try to define main challenges.  The debate, with participants from the demolition sector, rental sector, trade unions and contractors, covered all technical aspects that could have an impact on demolition practices...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE partner exhibition news: Intermat leadership presents new plans to CECE members

PRAGUE – Isabelle Alfano, the INTERMAT Business Unit Director at Comexposium, visited the CECE Steering Group meeting in Prague and introduced the new focus and main set-up of the 2018 edition of INTERMAT, the international trade fair in France. Isabelle and her team have lined-up a number of interesting changes for OEMs and trade fair visitors, and reported that the feedback from manufacturers is very positive. CECE Steering Group members asked questions on issues from ground plan to timing,...

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07.11.2016
 

CECE partner exhibition news: POSITIVE SIGNALS FOR BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA

NEW DELHI – India is currently the only national market in Asia experiencing growing construction machinery sales. And growth is forecast for the next few years as well: Good leading indicators for BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA, which will be held from December 12 to 15, 2016 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. See the entire press release here.

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