By Michael Pankonin, AEM Senior Director, Technical and Safety Services

“Where else can I go to meet with industry experts from around the world and discuss what I need to do to have market access for my machines?” 

That's how one attendee summed up the 26th annual Construction Equipment Joint Technical Liaison Meeting (JTLM), held earlier this spring in Augsburg, Germany. 

The JTLM is a meeting of major global construction equipment trade associations where staff and active members, most of whom are industry experts knowledgeable in their regional requirements, meet to discuss issues of common concern, such as standards, regulatory requirements and other items of mutual interest. 

Participating associations include:

  •          AEM – Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  •          CCMA – China Construction Machinery Association
  •          CECE – Committee for European Construction Equipment
  •          CEMA – Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (Japan)
  •          KOCEMA – Korea Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association

Forty-six product compliance engineers and association staff took part in this year's meeting, which was hosted by CECE. 

Meeting highlights included attendance by a representative of the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) for the very first time and presentation of an extremely comprehensive update on the status of Indian regulations and emissions standards, including their future plans. 

Two new regional reports on Africa and the Middle East were provided by an AEM member company. These thorough and comprehensive reports provided a much more accurate market assessment than the historically loose collection of comments from meeting attendees on only those topics they had run into.

A total of 81 reports were prepared, most presented by industry experts with time for questions and answers, covering topics that included: 

  •          Standards and regulatory updates
  •          Application of the EU Machinery Directive
  •          Roading requirements of non-road equipment in the EU and the regulatory relationship to the Tractor Mother Regulation
  •          The U.S. regulatory agenda and recent developments such as the OSHA crystalline silica rule and the current status of the U.S. crane rule
  •          The “EU Right to Repair rules” being considered, known as RMI in Europe
  •          The changes to the Japanese type approval requirements for large equipment and charges for testing and inspection of those products
  •          The scope of the South Korean Recall law and COP (Conformity of Product) rules

JTLM attendees developed a list of common concerns for future coordinated action. Strategies to improve and harmonize the global response to standards, compliance and other market-access limiting topics will be developed this year.  The Lead Engine Bearing issue was a recent example where most of the JTLM members supported an industry solution. This should increase the value of the meeting as it expands from information-sharing to influence and advocacy.

Next year, the JTLM meeting will be held on March 12-14, 2017 immediately following the CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE shows in Las Vegas.

A new web page has been developed where the meeting material is available to AEM members. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments (mpankonin@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4128).

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