Markets are changing and rationalising, while at the same time, the economic crisis is having a profound impact on our behaviour.
The FAYAT Group has adopted 5 main trends underpinning decisions:
A “back to basics” approach, and/or an initial focus on identifying basic principles, which we refer to as the ESSENTIALS. These machines all feature the technical elements required for basic operations. This includes safety criteria and compliance with standards, but not all of the ergonomic and/or multifunctional options are necessarily included in the product range. The additional range offers so-called safety or ergonomic options, or based on geographical region and the user’s requirements. This trend, evident in the motor vehicle sector, should not be confused with a “low-cost” concept. That said, many recent machines were multifunctional and a small percentage of clients today want simpler machines, focusing on their initial vocation.
The quest for greater user-friendliness and advanced health and safety standards are decisive advantages, especially in mature markets. FAYAT automatically offers these solutions on all types of machines. Electronics, automatism and equipment maintenance management are considerations that are likely to vary significantly. In Europe, the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) gives clear guidance, aimed at harmonising the rules pertaining to health and safety. This is completed by so-called comfort solutions that are often held to be unquestionable.
The protection of the environment and the reduction of all types of emissions are powerful sources of motivation which vary from one country to another but remain inescapable and essential. The Directives on engine emissions (2004/26/EC) and sound emissions (2005/88/EC) are having a major impact on equipment development, particularly machinery fitted with new thermal, hybrid and even electric engines, which are managed by start and go or Ecomode type energy-saving systems. ECODESIGN, especially taking account of design and environmental impacts, including end-of-life recycling, from the outset, is defined by an ECODIRECTIVE (2005/32/EC).
The search for ECONOMICAL solutions, given the economic crisis, is also a key parameter that influences the behaviour of decision-makers, but always in conjunction with one of the other parameters. A wide array of guidelines have therefore been developed, such as the design of high output machines. This trend is true for both road machinery and production plants.
Today, we think in terms of EVOLUTION rather than innovation. Innovation is, of course, still essential, but major innovation is rare. However, machines are adapted to the needs of their era and must evolve according to the technical demands and the available technologies for a
long time – at least as long as their service life. Modern production plants are versatile in the sense that their design enables a variety of materials to be produced, including low-energy asphalt, but they are above all “retrofitable”, meaning “modernisable”. A machine installed in 2010 will operate in 2030, with what binder? At what temperature and for which product? Our
technical visibility is shorter, the weight of legislation and economic aspects are changing, and as a result decisionmakers must go for an ADAPTABLE option.