At today’s CECE press conference, the European association of construction machinery
manufacturers made it clear that 2018 was the strongest year for the construction equipment
sector after the economic crisis. Releasing today a special video-animation, CECE reminded that
sales on the European market grew by 11% and the absolute market levels are now only 10% below
the 2007 peak.
Enrico Prandini, CECE President, stated: “The European construction equipment industry can
continue its business in a positive mood. The key for the future is market stability with a soft landing
expected in 2019. The same stability and ambition that we seek when talking to European
decision makers 6 weeks before the elections for the European Parliament”.
The European Union must focus on industrial policy and free trade
“For a long time, CECE has been working to ensure that European politicians and policymakers
create better conditions for the construction machinery industry” said Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary
General of CECE. The European construction equipment industry comprises 1,200 companies from
highly specialised SMEs to large European and multinational companies, with revenues of around
40 billion € and 300,000 employees.
Introducing the CECE Elections Manifesto, CECE called on the European Parliament, when
appointing the European Commissioners for the new 2019-2024 legislature, to ensure that they
include industry among their top 5 priorities. Putting industry at the centre of the political debate
is key in order to deliver on the much-needed ambition of the EU to have a forward looking
Industrial Policy Strategy. European policies around the European Single Market, environmental
sustainability, digitalisation and international trade are the major points of interest for the
construction sector. To read the CECE Elections Manifesto, visit www.cece.eu/ep2019.
These are the messages that CECE will highlight in all the visits by European policy-makers coming
from Brussels to visit bauma. Six high-level officials from four different departments of the
European Commission will be at the fairgrounds during bauma to visit company stands and engage
in understanding the sector’s innovations and its policy-related challenges.
The European construction equipment industry is a strong and highly innovative industry, in which
global competition is key to industrial development, but can also become a source of challenges.
The need for fair competition, open trade and reciprocity is evident. Commenting on free trade
and bauma, he said: ”This fair is a truly global event and with its partner country Canada, the
industry is sending out an important signal in support of free trade agreements like CETA and
against tariffs wars”.
Concluding on the European Elections, CECE’s Prandini said: “The approach of bringing politicians
closer to our sector is what is driving CECE in the European Elections campaign. We are indeed
opening our factories to candidates at the local level in a spirit of dialogue and understanding that
has lacked in the past and to build relationships for sustainable growth to deliver safe and stable
jobs. Last but not least, I would like to stress the importance of voting at the end of May.”
Outlook 2019 and international relations
The general economic scenario is not expected to change significantly in 2019. Growth on the
global scale will happen at a slower pace, given that China will probably not continue its trend at
a comparable pace. CECE highlighted the future role of the Indian sub-continent as the new
locomotive for growth in the construction and infrastructure sector, with projected growth rates
that will double those of China. About the development of international relations, CECE’s Prandini
said: “This is one of the reasons why we have initiated last year an intense bilateral relationship
with our colleagues of iCEMA, the Indian construction equipment manufacturers associations, with
whom we have signed a unique and innovative Memorandum of Understanding yesterday”.