Construction-Equipment Makers

Tighter Emissions Laws Spark Sector Revamp

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Bauma trade fair showcases an industry in transition.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The construction-equipment manufacturing sector employs tens of thousands of people and generates billions in revenues.

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    • The expansive Bauma machine trade fair in Munich runs through Sunday.
    • European construction-equipment firms expect an annual rise in sales of 5 to 6 percent through 2020.
    • Governments worldwide are passing laws for cleaner air, sparking a rethink in a sector that relies heavily on diesel engines.
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Bauma, the construction-equipment trade fair in Munich, which runs through Sunday, covers an area equal to 86 soccer fields, making it the world’s largest trade fair in terms of exhibition space.

In 2016, the talking points at Bauma reflect an industry in transition. For decades, diesel engines have dominated the industry but tougher emissions rules introduced at the start of this year have sparked many manufacturers to unveil alternative motors.

“The emissions issue is on the minds of everyone in the construction industry,” said Cem Peksaglam, chief executive of the Wacker Neuson Group.

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