FEDERATION OF MANUFACTURERS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT &
REPORT TO MEMBERS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 5 MARCH 2001
Your organisation, so long known as the Federation of Manufacturers
of Construction Equipment and Cranes (FMCEC) will go forward
into the new year with new purpose as the Construction Equipment
Articles of Association are being radically updated for the
first time since our organisation was founded in 1941. Your
response to our survey work has helped us clarify the objectives
for the organisation as we move forward. We have also recognised
that these are avenues for us to provide additional services
for our supplier membership. The Promoting Performance competitiveness
conference (held on 5 March) is the first tangible example
and hopefully that can be extended to a broader assistance
programme linking with the Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI). Our close relationship with the DTI is evidenced by
the Sectoral Competitiveness Analysis for our industry which
they sponsored and Competitiveness Minister Alan Johnson MP's
keynote speech at the conference.
the past year our membership increased to nearly 100 with
the addition of 17 new members. We welcome those new members,
confident that they will come to appreciate fully the benefits
of membership. Financially we are strong, generating a surplus
in the current year. Again membership subscription increases
can be held to less than inflation although costs have increased.
The financial strength of our organisation allows us to support
a special programme from the Committee for European Construction
Equipment (CECE) in conjunction with the adoption of new software
to improve reporting of sales statistics for our industry.
traditional strength of the FMCEC in export promotion and
assistance continued this year with sponsored groups at the
SMOPyC (Spain, February), Intermat (Paris, May) and CTC (Beijing,
November) shows. In addition there was an FMCEC presence at
IVT Expo (Germany, June), IranConMin (Iran, June) and For
Arch (Prague, October). The Export Marketing Group (EMG) has
provided updates on changing market conditions and opportunities
throughout the year.
General Technical Committee has been hard at work in understanding
and influencing pending legislation throughout the European
Community. This year, visibility and vibration were focuses
of discussion. They are already looking beyond Tier 2 Emissions
to arrive at a joint industry position on Tier 3 guidelines.
The increasing problem of Plant Theft in some countries may
prompt European-wide guidelines in the future. Finally there
remains a need for a European Roading Directive. Manufacturers
incur significant extra cost meeting specific and in some
cases conflicting national standards. Your FMCEC organisation
firmly supports development of a European Roading Directive.
we have not been as effective as I would have hoped on the
question of non-compliant imports to the United Kingdom. The
Enterprise Directorate-General (DG-ENTR) of the European Commission
has acted and in the Netherlands the government has responded
and the problem reduced. Unfortunately Customs and Excise
here in the UK have not enforced the Machinery Directive on
machines entering the UK in spite of documented evidence on
non-compliance. As I leave the Presidency of our organisation
I wish to thank all of those who have helped me so much during
the past year and past four years that I have been a member
of the Council. I leave the Council, FMCEC/CEA, and the United
Kingdom with many new friends. I look forward to renewing
those acquaintances in the future.
Sutton - President, FMCEC
are three other proposals that saw the light of day at the
end of the year and will be taxing the FMCEC (CEA) during
2001. These are a re-cast Machinery Directive offering some
potentially unpleasant conformity assessment changes, a workplace
Physical Agents (Noise) Directive setting exposure limits
for noise (akin to the above mentioned Vibration Directive)
and an amendment to the Engine Exhaust Emissions Directive
that will require significant design changes to accommodate
bigger cooling systems.
relations have continued with government departments. The
DTI’s Action Single Market has been helpful with advice on
the year of construction issue where success has been achieved
in requiring Germany to follow the Directive requirements.
The DTI has also advised on the Noise of Outdoor Equipment
Directive and the HSE on the Physical Agents Directives. The
HSE has required enhanced visibility requirements for construction
equipment but has agreed to FMCEC (CEA) led proposals to analyse
visibility characteristics before setting the requirements.
The HSE has not been so helpful in regard to enforcing compliance
to EU rules of much unmarked construction equipment arriving
in the UK from outside the EU. FMCEC (CEA) actions on this
issue are to be reinforced during 2001.
Faithfull - Director of Member Services
Osborne - Technical Officer
At any one time, members of the Export Marketing Group (EMG)
are spread across the world. This mitigates against large
gatherings of the Group but several useful meetings were held
in the year. Guest experts included speakers on defence exports,
the ECGD, Brazil and Mexico. At the invitation of Trade Partners
UK, Export Manager Pam Hyde visited Mexico in October to research
the construction equipment sector. Initiatives were also pursued
in respect of Kosovo, Turkey and Vietnam and other markets.
In all, Secretariat members attended over 20 overseas trade
related meetings, seminars and conferences during the year.
Discussions with the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
(LCCI) may also lead to co-operation on outward trade missions.
overseas exhibition programme continued to expand. 14 British
companies joined us, for the first time, as part of an official
Group at SMOPyC, in Zaragoza. Disappointingly, Trade Partners
UK (the administrators of the government funded Support for
Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad (SESA) scheme) have withdrawn
funding for the 2002 event. Our main exhibition project was
the organisation of the British Group of 53 companies at Intermat,
in Paris. Eight companies exhibited with SESA support for
the first time. There were over 200,000 visitors. New territory
for us was the information stand we took at CTC China (Beijing),
in November. Through our links with Building Exhibitions Management
(for the construction products sector) we also took information
stands at events in Tehran and Prague. We also arranged a,
financially unsupported, group of British exhibitors at IVT
Expo, a components show in Hamburg.
operation of the SESA scheme remains under review. Our Chief
Executive sits on the committee of the Sponsors’ Forum, the
body that deals directly with Trade Partners UK on matters
of policy. In 2001/2002 we have another full programme planned
featuring shows in Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Singapore and
the USA. The first in the programme is the triennial Bauma
exhibition in Munich (April 2001). Here a record size British
Group is confirmed.
Hyde - Export Manager
Oliver - Exhibitions Manager
The format and circulation of our magazine, Newsline, was
extended during the year - with a minimum print run of 1,000
copies. Our CD ROM Business Tracker was updated and re-issued
in spring 2000 by our partners at IDEA Ltd. In addition to
our direct mail list, the CD also featured in our exhibition
programme including a number of overseas catalogue shows.
The "Members Only" part of our web site (www.fmcec.org.uk)
was also initiated. Updating and developing the web site remains
a priority - this appears to be one of our projects that can
never be finished. There is always room for improvement as
techniques and design develop.
specialist communication took the form of regular issues of
our Technical Bulletin and Export Bulletin. Most regular circulars
are now issued to committee members via e-mail and this is
a trend that seems likely to continue. We are working on ways
to further enhance this process.
with the trade press (many of which are press affiliate members)
continued to be very positive. A number of articles were commissioned
for publication and general press coverage of FMCEC activities
was improved. However, a more structured format for press
relations is a priority in 2001.
Fitzpatrick - Editor, Newsline
Following the 1999 Member Survey, the FMCEC Council set out
a list of key areas to be progressed. Some will come to fruition
with the change of title to the Construction Equipment Association
and a number of organisational changes.
conclusion of the 2000 AGM was that members supported the
idea of the FMCEC establishing a higher profile. In line with
this we have been in regular contact with more companies than
ever before (see communications above). LM Marketing &
Research aided us with a recruitment campaign that has seen
a significant increase in membership. We will look for further
progress in 2001.
with our sponsoring government department (the DTI) have been
good. We held regular meetings with officials from the Automotive
Directorate and were also granted a face-to-face interview
with the Minister for Competitiveness (Alan Johnson MP). Also
in pursuance of our campaign against non-compliant imports
of machinery in the UK, the Council met with a number of European
Commission officials, in Brussels, in June. This was the first
Council meeting ever held overseas.
placed a high priority in developing a positive interface
with complementary trade associations. We participated in
an Engineering Employers Federation led lobby on last autumn's
Green Budget. We also developed a co-operation plan on overseas
exhibitions with the building products, fluid power and mining
machinery sectors. Members of the Secretariat team also had
a number of bilateral meetings with other associations and
business support providers.
Promoting Performance initiative has been planned to provide
a focus for competitiveness issues in our activities. We have
been encouraged by the success of the SMMT Industry Forum
in the automotive sector in providing programmes to address
quality, cost and delivery issues. In addition, we will be
using the Promoting Performance campaign to address some of
the challenges to our organisation posed by the new sector
analysis prepared by Off-Highway Research at the behest of
Oliver - Chief Executive
In conclusion, we would like to thank the Officers, Members
of the Council, Committee Chairmen and all other participants
in the work of the FMCEC over the last year. Re-named and
renewed as an Association we look forward to further serving
the UK construction equipment sector - it's a great industry
to be in!