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Blazing a trail – 2018 in the off-highway market

By February 2, 2018 No Comments

Across the world, and every day, workers utilize off-highway equipment to build infrastructure and buildings. The diversity of the market sees these pieces of equipment play a crucial role in powering the development of countries and their economies.

In recent years the global construction machinery market has bounced back – a good sign for the economy worldwide. It’s a resurgence that’s set to continue, with an 8% increase in the market expected between 2018 and 2022. Therefore, the demand for off-highway equipment to deliver optimized performance and the pressure on suppliers to develop new innovations to minimize things like downtime is pronounced. With all this going on, we’ve taken a look at some of the key trends we expect to see in 2018.

As the world continues to climb to pre-recessional levels, global infrastructure projects are back on track. Often viewed as playing a vital role in facilitating the growth of a country, investment in roads, railroads and bridges can increase access to markets and services, stimulating jobs and investment. Worldwide, infrastructure spending will hit $9 trillion per year by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2012, with Western Europe is set to reach pre-crisis levels of spending this year.

This will see an increase in demand for reliable off-highway vehicles, whose requirements are more diverse and challenging than ever. Now, engines are becoming lighter in weight; cabs have stricter noise, vibration and harshness levels to adhere to; loads are increasing; and trucks are becoming heavier. With more infrastructure projects to deal with, equipment will be expected to last longer, be safer and more efficient – maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime.

At Trelleborg Antivibration Solutions our drive is to deliver quality, reliability and safety for off-highway vehicles, helping them cope with the increase in demand and pressures of today’s infrastructure projects. Noise and vibration can cause equipment to wear out quicker than expected. Our range of isolators, mounts and dampers are specifically designed to protect vehicle operators and sensitive machinery in extreme environments, meaning our anti-vibration and suspension solutions prolong the lifetime of vehicles and their individual components.

There’s no doubt that 2018 will be a busy year for off-highway vehicles, but Trelleborg AVS will be continually working on intelligent innovations that support our partner’s goals whether that be an increase in productivity, improved safety or environmental.

Jonathan Wills

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