Like many other oil-dependent industries, the construction machinery industry is urged to find solutions for future drive systems. There is already a vast variety of drive systems depending on engine size and power requirements: electric powered mini excavators need other drives than gas-driven vibratory plates or efficient diesel engines in wheel loaders. Despite market innovations, the greatest efficiency increases and cost savings are currently achieved through improved engine technology. Will these improvements reach their limits soon? Is a change to alternative drives inevitable? When will they reach the broad market?
New vehicle ideas and solutions are emerging across all sectors. The construction machinery industry is also discussing new vehicle concepts for the future. How advanced is technology for autonomous and semi-autonomous construction machines really? What kind of construction project can they be used for? Will remotely controlled vehicles be employed on future building sites or will even the sites be remotely handled? What kind of work is sensible and possible to automate beyond driving performance? Is the application of robot solutions reasonable in the construction industry?
These and many other questions about automation in the construction machinery industry will be discussed at the event.
Digitization is transforming today’s industries. It also holds enormous potential for the construction machinery industry. The use of new data-driven technologies and 3D simulations in planning processes enable increased precision to an unprecedented extent. During construction, unmanned flying objects and construction vehicles collect data via 3D scanning on the current construction progress. Mobile networking and live tracking makes it possible to use this data in real time for further processing and knowledge generation in the IoT environment. Big Data analysis can help with more accurate performance, detailed project analysis and better risk management. Inefficiency and waste of resources can be minimized. When and to what extent will this vision of the future construction site become reality? What role will the construction machine manufacturers play in the development of a networked construction site?
Competition in the construction machinery industry is getting more intense. Upcoming competitors from the Far East are pushing the world market with presentable technologies. In parallel home-market challengers forster competition in develop markets. The industry's growth is shifting to markets outside Europe, at the same time. Established players from the USA, Europe and Japan are confronted with the challengers in these growing markets. It is important for them to secure their core business in the domestic markets and of course open-up the new markets. Which strategic measures can be taken in this challenging environment? Which technologies provide competitive advantages? What can create a bridge between low-cost requirements and quality leadership? These and many other questions about market globalization will be answered at the event.