EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS: DIESEL ENGINES - FRANCE

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EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS: DIESEL ENGINES - FRANCE (December 2014)

Off-Highway Research's Equipment Analyses are a rigorous evaluation of the structure and development of demand for one product in the UK, France, Germany and Italy in the European Service, and in China and India.

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This Equipment Analysis covers the market for diesel engines in construction equipment and agricultural tractors manufactured in France. It is an update of the last study, which was carried out in 2011 during the recovery that followed a period of high production that ended in 2008, and the two subsequent years when output was very low. Since then, the market showed initial signs of recovery before stalling again in 2013.

The analysis is based on shipments to French OEMs of diesel engines rated at 7 bkW (9 brake horsepower) and over, for use in new machines. The study provides detail by product sector, engine supplier and power category over the period 2009 to 2013.

During the period since the last report the manufacturers of both machines and engines have gone through the process of complying with the Stage IIIB and Stage IV emissions norms for non-road engines as shown below.

The limits for Stage IIIB forced the use of particulate traps and caused some modification to engine dimensions. Engine manufacturers have now also had to confront the requirements of Stage IV. This aimed to reduce the emission of N2O (nitrous oxide) to almost nil and to require the after-treatment of the exhaust. It also made obligatory the use of high specification diesel fuel, not a product that is always available everywhere during the whole life of an off-road machine. In some instances, the engine compartment might have had to double in size, with a huge resulting impact on machine design.

This has had two results. Firstly, as Europe and North America will implement Stage IV/Tier 4 but will form much less than 50 per cent of the world market for off-road machinery when the limits come into force, OEMs have sometimes chosen to design new products for the users of Stage IV but still fitted with Stage IIIB engines inside for sale in other regions. Secondly, the change has been so large that OEMs have often chosen their engine suppliers on the basis of their answer to this big challenge. Competition has therefore been intense and old ties have sometimes been broken as a result.

The report includes the following products:

• Agricultural Tractors
• Articulated Dump Trucks
• Asphalt Finishers
• Backhoe Loaders
• Compaction Equipment
• Crawler Dozers
• Crawler Excavators
• Crawler Loaders
• Mini Excavators
• Mobile Compressors
• Mobile Cranes
• Motor Graders
• Rigid Dump Trucks
• Rough Terrain Lift Trucks
• Skid-Steer Loaders
• Wheeled Excavators
• Wheeled Loaders

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