At the JTLM, global experts focus on maintaining market access for construction equipment productsOne attendee likened it to “a compliance engineer’s annual pilgrimage.” Another said the information flow was “like drinking from a fire hose.”

What is it?

It’s the 27th annual Construction Equipment Joint Technical Liaison Meeting (JTLM). Fifty product compliance engineers and association staff took part in this year's meeting, hosted by AEM the week following CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. 

“The JTLM is a meeting of major global construction equipment trade associations, where staff and active members, most of whom are industry experts and knowledgeable in their regional requirements, meet to discuss issues of common concern, such as standards, regulatory requirements and other items of mutual interest,” said Mike Pankonin, AEM senior director, technical and safety services.

Seventy-nine reports were prepared, most presented by industry experts, with time for questions and answers. 

This year’s meeting was extended to allow breakout discussions to work on the following topics:

  • Early Warning Systems – To notify participants of pending or newly enacted regulatory requirements
  • Mutual Engine Certification Recognition – To promote the acceptance of engine emissions certifications across multiple regional jurisdictions
  • Tracking Africa and Middle East Activities – To develop methodology to monitor and influence developing regions to follow international guidance and to avoid the development of new regional requirements
  • EU Repair Maintenance Information (U.S. Right to Repair Regulations) and the New Privacy by Design Regulations in Europe – To best provide what is required by regulation while maintaining the safety and performance of the product as well as maintaining the OEM’s intellectual property rights

“These breakout sessions were the beginning of small work groups that will meet throughout the year to work on these important topics as defined by meeting attendees,” Pankonin said.  “The long-term goals are to maintain market access, inform members of regional requirements and keep markets open for fair and understandable import and export regulations as applied to construction equipment.”

Next year, the JTLM will convene in South Korea. The date is yet to be determined.

Materials from this year’s meeting are available to AEM members on a separate web page dedicated to the JTLM.

For More Information

For more information, contact Michael Pankonin, AEM senior director, technical and safety services (, tel: 414-298-4128).