MAN Truck & Bus Dr. Richard Brown shares insights into industry
Green technologies available but facing a reluctant market
PMV Live 2015 to showcase benefits of green technologies
One of the leading international suppliers of construction and commercial vehicles to the industry has said regulations making green technologies mandatory will be required for the region to achieve sustainability amid a raft of planned construction projects.
Speaking ahead of PMV Live 2015, one of the most important heavy construction machinery, plant equipment and construction vehicle events in the region Dr. Richard Brown, Head of Product at MAN Truck & Bus Middle East and Africa said that the latest resource-saving, environmentally friendly vehicles are available to the region but that the market has so far been reluctant to adopt them.
“The construction industry in the GCC is undergoing a revival, meaning that hundreds of billions of dollars of some of the most dynamic and exciting projects in the world are in the pipeline. From an economic point of view this is extremely positive, but the increased number of vehicles that will be used to construct them is set to place an enormous strain on an already fragile environment,” he said.
“The industry has an ideal opportunity to offset this impact through the use of green construction vehicles, but without regulations to govern their use there is little incentive to do so at present.”
The revival Dr. Brown refers to includes over US$340 billion in large-scale development that will be constructed during the next 15 years, as well as the US$194 billion in contracts awarded in 2015.
In line with this, the global construction equipment market is forecast to reach US$241 billion by 2020 and as a subsidiary of the MAN Group Dr Brown said that, the GCC construction industry was a priority for MAN Truck & Bus Middle East.
“MAN has been building efficient and reliable commercial vehicles for the past century and has built a strong presence in the GCC, and together with our partners we have shared some great successes in transforming the built environment. As we celebrate our centenary year, we will be bringing a 100-year old MAN truck to PMV Live this year, as well as our latest products,“ he said.
With 36,000 international visitors attending PMV Live last year, Nathan Waugh dmg events’ Portfolio Director the show said: “We’re delighted to welcome long-time supporters like MAN Truck and Bus to PMV Live for the fourth consecutive year. We are also pleased to be working with some other new and exciting exhibitors in showcasing what promises to be a spectacular range of vehicles, and heavy machinery.”