New EU-exhaust emission directive

Major challenge for construction machinery manufacturers


The introduction of the EU-Exhaust Emission Regulation Stage III B poses a challenge for the construction machinery manufacturers. The expense is enormous. A great deal of investment and development capacity is necessary. For the buyers that means higher prices, in some cases greater efficiency on the building site. VDMA is against tighter regulations for new construction machines beyond Stage IV.

1 A challenge

At the Wirtgen-Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of road construction machinery, a major restructuring process is currently underway. In those areas where previously one new roller or milling machine left the conveyor belt, today it is now at least two. “We have”, says Dr. Günter Hähn, “a production programme that has practically doubled”. The unit figures have halved and expenditure almost doubled. “We have to adapt our machines. That costs a lot of money.” What the Executive Director in charge of Wirtgen GmbH’s Technical Division is referring to are the effects of the...

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