||FEM position on engine emissions
In December 2014, FEM adopted its official position on the revision of Directive 97/68/EC on engine emissions from non-road mobile machinery. The legislation impacts on 4 families of materials handling equipment: industrial trucks, telehandlers, mobile cranes and mobile elevating work platforms.
FEM generally welcomes the proposal, and notably the proposed limit values, schedule for application and the principle of a new transition scheme. Some specific issues have also been adequately been taken into account (e.g. separate shipments, ATEX engines, field testing of engines). However, two important aspects must be addressed during the decision-making process. First, the transition period must be increased by one year (and two in the special case of mobile cranes) to give materials handling manufacturers (who do not produce their engines) enough time to adapt their machines. Second, a provision on replacement engines must be introduced so that failed engines can be replaced by new ones without changing the whole machine.
FEM will now defend its position with decision-makers in Brussels and in the Member States.
See the FEM official position.
||Leaving mobile cranes unattended in (partially) erected mode
Earlier this year, the International Crane Stakeholder Association (ICSA) released a Guidance document on "Leaving mobile cranes unattended in (partially) erected mode". The document is complementary to the machine operator's manual and is meant to provide guidance for risk assessment.
||FEM position on the provisional options for an eCompliance system
FEM submitted its contribution to the Commission’s consultation on four provisional options for eCompliance (0 - status quo, 1 - voluntary centralised eCompliance system; 2 - obligatory centralised eCompliance system; 3 - decentralised eCompliance system; 4 - standalone elabelling).
FEM appreciates the Commission’s efforts to improve the effectiveness of market surveillance procedures via an eCompliance system, and supports option 1, so long as confidential data is protected and access to technical documentation is granted upon reasoned request.
The position paper can be read in full here
||Horizontal Ecodesign measure for internal combustion engines not feasible
FEM and other machinery industries raised the infeasibility of a potential future horizontal energy efficiency requirements on internal combustion engines. Such a possibility is mentioned in the current draft preparatory study for the Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017.
Three main reasons are brought up:
For more information, download the machinery industries joint statement
||2013 order intake for intralogistic systems increases by 5%
The FEM Intralogistic Systems Product Group has published its 2013 Factsheet. 2013 was a good year for the intralogistics industry. Nevertheless, statistics for intralogistic machinery (S/R machines, Miniload) showed a decrease compared to 2012. Figures for S/R machines without an operator are still above the 2005 index level. They stabilised at the same level in 2009 and 2010.
2013 was a good year for the materials handling industry. Compared to 2012, order intake in 2013 increased by about 5%. In particular the retail, wholesale and mail order sectors showed a slight increase from 18% to 25% between 2011 and 2013.
||Machinery industries call for fresh focus on smart regulation, trade and competitiveness to boost jobs, innovation
With the start of the new European Commission’s mandate, the EU should put a fresh focus on smart regulation, trade, and competitiveness so as to boost jobs, innovation, and growth during its 5-year term. This was the key message during a high-level policy discussion today at the European Parliament between Paul Rübig MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and Vicky Ford MEP, officials from the European Commission as well as business leaders from the European Machinery Industry.
Jan van der Velden, Senior Manager Systems at Vanderlande Industries and President of the European materials handling federation FEM, stressed that the “industry’s competitiveness does not come from low wages and low production costs, but from our reliability, know-how, and innovation. The EU regulatory framework must help preserve and develop these strengths rather than limit them.”
For more information, please see the press release
||FEM statistics 2013
The European production value of materials handling equipment decreased by 6.8% at €56bn in 2013 under the combined effect of a low domestic demand and stagnating exports. Exports stagnated at €22.9bn whilst imports grew by 6.5% at €4.9bn. The trade balance however remains largely positive (+€18bn).
For more information, please see our FEM statistics 2013 and related press release
||FEM newsletter 2014/03
The third 2014 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Contents, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact the FEM Secretariat.
||FEM press release on revision of NRMM directive
FEM has published a press release on the new proposal for the revision of directive 97/68 on Non-Road Mobile Machinery.FEM generally acknowledges the Commission’s efforts towards a simplified and more predictable regulatory framework via this proposal, but requests an extension of the current transition scheme to avoid disproportionate R&D efforts in a short period of time, and also a provision on replacement engines. The full press release is available HERE
||FEM presents its midterm Vision & Strategy
FEM published its Vision & Strategy 2020 at the occasion of its biennial Congress held on 18-19 September 2014 in York (UK). The paper lists 7 key areas (safety, technology, intellectual property, global market access, people, energy, environment & resources) to maintain the competitiveness of the European materials handling industry, the second largest industry in mechanical engineering with 300,000 people employed directly and €60bn turnover. FEM messages are illustrated by practical examples of initiatives undertaken by companies in various of these areas.
Download the FEM Vision & Strategy
||FEM re-elects Jan van der Velden as President
FEM held its 35th Congress on 18-19 September 2014 in York (United Kingdom). At this occasion, FEM President Jan van der Velden, Vanlerdande Industries, was re-elected President for two years. Christophe Lautray, CSO of Linde Material Handling, was elected Vice-President. John Meale, Thorworld Industries, remains Past President.
Jan van der Velden said: "I feel very honoured by your trust. Be assured I will carry out the mission you are giving me with the same energy and commitment."
For more information, see our PRESS RELEASE
||European industrial trucks market up by 3% in 2013
In 2013, order intake for the global market exceeded 1 million annual units for the first time. Global shipments were about 988,000 and it is expected that in 2014 this figure will be over 1 million. In 2013, there was a slight decline in Western Europe (about -4%) and a slight increase in Eastern Europe (about +4%). Uncertainties remain for 2014, particularly for the Ukraine, Russia and the Near East. In 2013 there was a strong increase in the Americas (about +9%), following the general market, as industry benefits from cheaper energy. The Asian markets grew by about +5%, one of the main drivers being the continuous demand in China. The overall market was up by 3% compared with 2012. While rider warehouse trucks slightly decreased, pedestrian-controlled and IC-counterbalanced warehouse trucks increased, the latter mainly in Asia.The WITS factsheet is available on the Product Group's page.
||FEM newsletter 2014/02
The second 2014 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Contents, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact the FEM Secretariat.
||Guidance on Dock Leveller Selection
FEM Product Group Elevating Equipment publishes a guidance note FEM 11.004 “Guidance on Dock Leveller Selection - Dock Leveller Deck Plate Awareness Document”, the aim of which is to make customers, specifiers and end users aware of the importance of an issue effecting Dock Levellers built to BS EN 1398:2009 – Dock levellers – Safety Requirements. This European standard specifies the design and testing methods required to build ‘safe’ equipment.
||Approval of telehandlers as tractors
FEM and CEMA have adopted a joint position offering a legal solution to keep granting telehandlers the possibility for EU type approval according to the new framework regulation for agricultural vehicles 167/2013 while applying the Machinery Directive to the telescopic boom as a mounted machinery.
||FEM position on revision of exhaust emissions of NRMM Directive
FEM has adopted a position on the revision of Directive 97/68/EC on exhaust emissions of non-road mobile machinery. The main points of this position are:
In addition, mobile cranes request a provision enabling them to use stage IV engines during the application time of stage V.
||Application of WEEE2 & RoHS2 to EOTs
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment, subgroup EOTs has issued a guidance document providing assistance in the interpretation of the principles of the WEEE 2 and RoHS 2 Directives and their application to winches, chain hoists or rope hoists and EOTs.
The guide is available HERE
||FEM newsletter 2014/01
The first 2014 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Contents, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact the FEM Secretariat.
||Mobile Cranes position on external warning signals
FEM Mobile Crane Manufacturers defined an industry guideline FEM 5.014 "External Warning signals of the Rated Capacity Limiter, speed reductions and Event Recorder for mobile cranes", in accordance with and as a complementary rule to EN13000:2010 Cranes – Mobile Cranes. Manufacturers are of the opinion, that any additional external warning signals not representing an immediate danger, should not “dilute” the defined safety concept and should not negatively affect the safety awareness of people in the vicinity of the crane.
For more information, see FEM position paper
||Guidelines for considering tower crane loads on supporting structures
This position paper reflects the opinion of FEM with regard to state of the art. It clarifies the different responsibilities regarding the design of supporting structures for the installation of tower cranes on European construction sites. This document provides information on the interpretation and use of the static data contained in the instruction manual of tower cranes. The explanations are intended to contribute to plan safe and economical crane operations by giving guidelines for determining loads for the design of crane supporting structures. These guidelines should be considered as minimum requirements. National regulations may require different rules and/or safety factors.
||Industry at the core of European standardisation governance
Following last year's change in CEN & CENELEC internal regulation, FEM co-signed a joint letter on placing the industry at the core of European standardisation governance. Coordinated by Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, the letter stressed engineering industries' key role in the European standardisation system (provision of technical input, organisational assistance, application of the norms...). Its contribution would be most effective of it were considered adequately at political and technical level in European Standardisation Organisations.
See more in the joint letter
||Market surveillance: Machinery industry collateral victim of political deadlock
FEM and its partners warn that the machinery industry's competitiveness could suffer a serious setback from the EU's continued failure to introduce a better market surveillance system - a system considered essential to fight unfair competition in the Single Market caused by the entry and circulation of non-compliant products.
See our joint press release
||FEM 9.841 / 10.2.10 now available in German
FEM technical note 9.841 / 10/2/10 "Storage systems with rail-dependent storage & retrieval equipment - interfaces" is now available in German from http://fem.vdma-verlag.de
||Machinery industries call on Member States to move on market surveillance
FEM and its machinery industry partners (CECE, CECIMO, CEMA and EUROMAP) wrote to Member States' representatives to call them on finding an agreement to finalise the market surveillance doccier before the European Parliament's elections. The issue is currently blocked in the Council because of the "marking of origin" provision.
Without judging the merits of the “marking of origin” provision or its relevance to consumer products’ safety,our associations find it unacceptable that it brings the MSPR to a stalemate, thus making our companies collateral victims. In the meanwhile, they continue to face major problems due to unfair competition with non-conform products on the EU market."
CECE, CECIMO, CEMA, EUROMAP and FEM wish to highlight that any further delay on this file will only negatively impact on users’ safety, environmental protection and European companies’ competitiveness.
See the industries' joint message
||BITA article on market surveillance
Bob Hine, Technical Consultant at the British Industrial Trucks Association, recently published in shdlogistics.com an article about the ongoing blockage of the proposal for a Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products. Stressing the importance of effective market surveillance in the materials handling sector, Bob Hine relays manufacturers' frustration with the current stalemate due to disagreements on the "marking of origin" provision in the Consumer Product Safety Regulation.
See Bob's article HERE
||Exhaust emissions of NRMM - position on transition provisions
Whilst the European Commission is working on a revision of Directive 97/68/EC on exhaust emissions of engines installed on non-road mobile machinery, FEM, CECE and CEMA have made a joint contribution on the issue of transition provisions. First and foremost, the mobile machinery industries stressed the necessity of maintaining transitional provisions so that machine manufacturers can smoothly move from one stage to the other with sufficient time to re-design their machines. It is however understood that the Commission wishes to modify current scheme. FEM, CECE and CEMA’s joint position elaborates on a Swedish proposal based on the deletion of end-of series provision and the combination of sell-off and flexibility into a single revised flexibility scheme. The new scheme would include all power ranges (including new ones) and apply to machines. Flexibility engines and flexibility machines would have to be placed on the market within 5 year of manufacture, thus avoiding abnormal levels of engine inventory. The same rule would apply to EU and non-EU engine and machine manufacturers and market surveillance would be more effective.
||FEM key drivers for competitiveness
FEM has replied to the European Commission's consultation on enhancing competitiveness for EU enterprises. Mentioning innovation & technology, energy & the environment and regulatory & administrative environment as 3 key drivers for competitiveness, FEM made a number of proposals for policy action at European level.
FEM made a few suggestions on impact assessments on future EU legislation: evaluating compliance costs with EU-only requirements, taking into account other requirements applying to the same products to avoid technical contradictions or regulatory overshoot and evaluating actual compliance and market surveillance efficiency before imposing new requirements. FEM also warned against the competitiveness risks resulting from affecting too large a share of R&D budgets on complying with requirements that apply on the EU market only and without providing any competitive advantage on external markets.
For more information, see FEM contribution
||FEM newsletter 2013/05
The fifth 2013 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||FEM position on tower cranes lifetime
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment - subgroup Tower and Harbour Cranes has published a position paper on tower cranes lifetime. The paper give an estimate of 20-year design lifetime based on typical standard use of 12,000 hoisting cycles a year (8-hour shifts, 5 days a week).
The position is available HERE and on PG CLE page
||FEM welcomes PSTM as new member
On 20 November 2013, FEM General Assembly unanimously approved the membership application of the Polish association PSTM. PSTM was founded on 2 February 2012 in Poznan by its 20 founding members. The members represent a large scope of manufacturers and supplying companies in the materials handling sector.
||Market surveillance: manufacturers need legal certainty!
Whilst the European Parliament and Council should soon try to find a compromise on the market surveillance proposal, FEM and its partners have summarised the key issues for the machinery industry:
- No cross-reference to the Consumer Product safety Regulation
- Deletion of the concept of "emerging risk"
- Industry's involvement in the European Market Surveillance Forum
- Deletion of the reference to the precautionary principle
- Resources & sanctions
- Third party certification
The machinery industry also warned decision-makers not to turn a valuable proposal into additional confusion and legal uncertainty for European manufacturers.
||FEM LinkedIn Group one year on
Today FEM LinkedIn Group celebrates its first anniversary. Now 147 members strong, FEM Group has become a major communication means on the activities of our Federation. Over the past 12 months, some 30 news items were published, ranging from official positions on regulatory issues to the publication of technical recommendations by our Product Groups. This shows the dynamism of our federation and its components. We note with interest that most of the Group's members do not directly belong to the FEM family and many are located outside Europe. We are convinced many more would be interested to join and we kindly invite you to inform your relevant contacts about FEM Group and to invite them to join!
||Position paper on lifting persons with tower cranes
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment - subgroup Tower and Harbour Cranes has adopted a position paper on lifting persons with tower cranes. The position reminds that "tower cranes are, in general, designed and manufactured to lift loads as the intended use. (...) All other uses are not allowed by manufacturers." The paper also gives the (legal) conditions under which other uses may be envisaged at the user's own responsibility.
The position is listed under "Position papers and press releases" on the PG CLE page .
||FEM President interview by MakinaTek
FEM President Jan van der Velden responds to questions from the Turkish publication MakinaTek on the activities of FEM.
||Lift & Hoist International: FEM interview on a World Materials Handling Alliance
FEM Secretary General Olivier Janin responds to a Lift & Hoist International interview on the ongoing discussions between China, Europe, Japan and the U.S. on the creation of a World Materials Handling Alliance.
See Olivier Janin's interview HERE
More info: www.liftandhoist.com
||FEM statistics 2012
European materials handling production value decreased by 5% to €60 bn in 2012, dragged down by a domestic demand receding again. Exports increased by 4.5% and are getting closer to representing half of the production value. Imports fell by 8% though they consolidated their share in domestic demand.
Read the full statistics report 2012 and the accompanying press release.
||Publication of FEM 9.771 Light Crane Systems (DE)
The German Version of the Document FEM 9.77; Edition 1 March 2013 (DE) has been published. It was prepared by European leading manufacturers of Light Cranes associated in FEM Product Group Cranes and Lifting Equipment. This document is one of many other FEM documents to be published providing a common technical language for trade partners throughout the world. It gives added value to the European Standards referring to cranes, runways and manipulators with focus on the special requirements and hazards of light crane systems.
||FEM newsletter 2013/04
The fourth 2013 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||New FEM guideline on hydraulic hoses on mobile cranes
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment issues a new guideline on hydraulic hoses on mobile cranes. The document covers the service life of hydraulic hoses and includes information on regular inspection and replacement of hoses.
In addition, FEM 5.016 (Guideline on safety issues in wind turbine installation and transportation) is now available in Turkish.
Both documents are available for free download on the Product Group's webpage on the FEM website.
||Market surveillance guide on MEWPs now in French
FEM Guide on the identification of non-compliant mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) is now available in French. It can be found either on the MEWPs page or on the Market Surveillance page. In addition, the original English version has received a couple of editorial corrections.
All these documents are also available on the Market Surveillance Industry Support Platform:
||European industrial trucks market down by 6% in 2012
After a strong recovery in the previous two years the European market for industrial trucks declined by 6% in 2012 with demand weighed down by continued uncertainty over the sovereign debt crisis. The Western European market decreased by 7%, while Eastern Europe remained stable supported by growth in the Russian market. European core markets experienced broadly weak developments with Germany, France and Italy registering declines. All product categories showed across a similar trend and only rider trucks proved to be more stable than the overall European development.
The factsheet is available on the Product Group's page.
||Market surveillance: industry's comments on EP draft report
FEM and its machinery partners have published their comments on the draft report on the Market Surveillance Proposal issued by the European Parliament's rapporteur Ms. Pietikaïnen. The industry generally welcomes most of the rapporteur's proposals, notably on earmarking or uniformisation of penalties. However, there are concerns over the re-introduction of the precautionary principle, the concept of "emerging risk" or the potential interest in third party auditing.
||FEM newsletter 2013/03
The third 2013 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||2012 incoming order for intralogistic systems increase by 19%
FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems publishes its 2012 Factsheet: despite the financial and economic crisis in Europe, despite general uncertainty and contrary to the prevailing pessimistic mood, 2012 was yet again a good year for the intralogistics industry. S/R machines without operator shows the highest peak since the statistic started. Miniload Machines increased by 14% from 2011 to 2012. 2012 was a solid year for the materials handling branch. Compared to 2011 the incoming orders in 2012 have increased by about 19%.
||FEM against a merger of the Machinery Directive and the Outdoor Noise Directive
FEM has replied to a questionnaire on the potential merger of the Machinery Directive and the Outdoor Noise Directive. The questionnaire is part of a study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. The FEM reply is available HERE.
||FEM publishes its "What's what"
FEM uses many acronyms in its daily activities. These can refer to stakeholders we work with, regulatory initiatives or our own members. As it can be challenging to know what is what, FEM has published a non-exhaustive list of these acronyms and what they mean with, where possible, a hyperlink for further information. This document will be dynamic and evolve in line with FEM activities.
||Joint position on market surveillance
FEM and its machinery sectors partners CECE, CECIMO, CEMA and EUROMAP have adopted a joint position on the proposal for a Regulation on Market Surveillance. The position generally welcomes the Commission's proposal but also makes proposals for improvements in several areas, such as approximation of sanctions, financial resources & earmarking, industry's involvement and legal certainty for market operators.
The joint position is available HERE
For information about FEM activities on the issue of market surveillance is available on our market surveillance section
||FEM newsletter 2013-02
The second 2013 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||FEM responds to consultation on industrial products policy
FEM has provided a detailed response to the European Commission's online consultation on "Reforming the internal market for industrial products". FEM brought up issues such as the importance of market surveillance, the problem posed by technically conflicting pieces of EU legislation, the lack of harmonised framework for approval for driving on public roads with non-road mobile machinery. Comments are also made on the value of the CE marking and FEM expressed its strong opposition to any generalised thrid party certification.
FEM's full contribution is available HERE.
||Exhaust emissions of NRMM: FEM sets its conditions for a revision
FEM has provided a detailed contribution to a European Commission consultation on the revision of Directive 97/68/EC on emissions from non-road mobile machinery engines. FEM generally welcomes the evolution of the Directive and supports the alignment with existing US regulations. Other aspects are more debatable or require more information. The cost-effectiveness of a stage V thus needs to be demonstrated and sufficient time must be given to the industry to digest a modification of transition provisions. FEM also calls for more information on the in-service conformity practical application, for a detailed definition of large spark ignited engines to clarify the scope and for an exception in favour of engines used in explosive atmospheres.
||Mobile cranes: 3 new documents published
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment - Subgroup Mobile Cranes has published 3 new documents available on the Product Group's webpage:
||FEM Congress 2014
The next FEM biennial Congress will take place on 18-19 September 2014 in York (UK). The event will be hosted by FEM British member association, BMHF. Contrarily to previous editions, the Congress will start on Thursday with Product Groups, meetings. The CEO breakfast will open the Friday, followed with the General Assembly meeting and a conference in the afternoon. The gala dinner will close the event on the Friday evening. The exact programme and the theme will be disclosed after the summer.
||FEM German member rebrands into “Materials Handling & Intralogistics”
The FEM German National Committee held its annual press conference on 12th March and reported a 7% turnover in growth in 2012. For 2013, the sector “cautiously” forecasts 3% growth. It was also officially announced that the VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Technology Association had changed its name to “Materials Handling & Intralogistics” “to underline [its] clear commitment to the sector and respond to developments over the past years”.
Further information is available HERE.
||Updated Technical Recommendation on cranes & lifting equipment
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment has published the 2nd edition of its Technical Recommendation FEM 5.016 "Guidelines - Safety issues in wind turbine installation & transportation" (English). The updated document is available for free download on the Product Group's page.
||FEM newsletter 2013-01
The first 2013 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||Environmental Impacts of intralogistic systems
The research project “Environmental Impacts of Material Handling Equipment in Intralogistic Systems” undertaken by the leading German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is now completed and available in German on the Intralogistic Systems Product Group page under “Work in Progress”. Several companies active in the FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems were involved in the project which looked at environmental aspects and improvement/optimization potentials of intralogistic systems.
The research project has analysed, quantified and evaluated environmental aspects of intralogistic systems. A comprehensive list of environmental aspects was created and these aspects can emerge directly at the machines or via the corresponding upstream chains at the supply of energy or resources.
In the subproject material handling equipment for storage and retrieval process showed that environmental impacts are mainly experienced during the use phase. The same observation was made regarding conveyors in warehouse technology. Values observed for intralogistic systems are however much lower than those of other product groups, such as electric motors or household washing machines.
Thanks to these investigations, intralogistic systems manufacturers are now aware of environmental impacts, improvement potentials and machine optimization possibilities.
||European Machinery Industry Press Release on EC proposal for Market surveillance
The European machinery industry, represented by CECE, CECIMO, CEMA, FEM and EUROMAP, warmly welcomes the proposal from the Commission, as it reflects many of the suggestions that our industry has made during the past months. Whilst we fully support the positive aspects of this package, we also call on the European Parliament and Council to improve the overall effectiveness of the proposed scheme.
On the setting up of a European Market Surveillance Forum, Jan van ver Velden, President of FEM, said: "We welcome this initiative which should help to coordinate the activities of all the national authorities and directly spot a sectoral market surveillance problem. However, the role of the industry in that Forum should go beyond that of a mere observer so that our technical expertise can be fully used."
Click here to see the full press release.
||Identification of non-compliant mobile cranes
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment, subgroup Mobile Cranes, has released a guide for the identification of non-compliant mobile cranes. The guide follows the standard structure of non-compliance guides already drawn up for industrial trucks or mobile elevating work platforms and looks at conformity with requirements stemming from the Machinery, Outdoor Noise and Exhaust Emissions of NRMM Directives. The Guide can be downloaded for free on the market surveillance section of the website. It is only available in English for the moment but other linguistic versions will follow.
||FEM statistics 2011
European materials handling production value rebounded by 16% in at € 63bn, sustained by still dynamic exports but also a domestic demand which increased for the first time in 3 years. For more information, please see FEM Statistics 2005-2011 and accompanying press release.
||FEM newsletter 2012-06
The sixth 2012 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||New cranes guidelines on safety with wind turbines
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment has just released a techincal recommendation: Guidelines - Safety issues in wind turbines installation & transportation (FEM 5.016). The document is available in English on the Product Group's page and is free of charge. Other linguistic versions will soon be developed.
||FEM newsletter 2012/05
The third 2012 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||FEM Industrial Trucks Factsheet 2011
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks published its factsheet 2011. In 2011 the European market for industrial trucks experienced another strong upturn with further recovery in demand. Mainly driven by replacement purchases all types of industrial trucks contributed significantly with growth of forklift trucks exceeding warehouse truck growth.
||New technical recommendation on S/R machines
FEM Product Groups Intralogistic Systems and Racking & Shelving have adopted a joint technical recommendation, FEM 9.831-1 / 10.3.01-1: Basis of calculations for storage & retrieval machines - Tolerances, deformations and clearances in the storage system, part 1: general, single deep and double deep beam pallet racking.
The technical recommendation will be available from15th October 2012 onwards at:
||Market surveillance of machinery: an industrial priority
FEM welcomes the inclusion of market surveillance of machinery in the list of priorities outlined in the European Commission's Communication on Industrial Policy flagship initiative - "A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery".
||FEM elects new President
Some 200 participants from the European and international materials handling industry attended the 34th FEM Congress on 13-15 September in Stresa (Italy). On 15th September, FEM General Assembly unanimously elected Jan van der Velden as President for the period 2012-2014. Massimo Riggio, President of the Italian Committee AISEM, was elected Vice-President of FEM. John Meale became Past President. For the full press release, please click here.
||FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems
The FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems has published its annual factsheet.
Since the second half of 2011, the situation of incoming orders has decreased although the level in 2006 has not yet been reached. First figures for 2012 show a slight increase. Incoming orders exceed the period January to February the previous year's level by a total of 6 percent.
||Industrial trucks publish worldwide statistics
The 2012 World Industrial Truck Statistics (WITS) information sheet has been published, giving an overview of figures for 2011. The report shows world market growth of over 27%, so 2011 was a very good year for the industrial trucks sector. The main growth came from America, followed by Europe and then Asia, so growth returned to the old world. The distribution over classes was nearly the same as in 2010 so there was no structural change in the world market level.
||FEM Newsletter 2012-03
The third 2012 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||FEM adopts a joint position on market surveillance
In preparation for the upcoming European Commission's Market Surveillance Package, FEM has joined forces with CECE, CECIMO and CEMA and issued recommendations to streamline market surveillance in the EU and to restore credibility in the Internal Market. These include: - Targeting controls on products identified with the assistance of industry - Ensuring first checks at borders - Making rogue traders financially liable - Setting a follow-up obligation for market surveillance authorities when alerted on individual cases - Providing the European Commission with financial capacity to coordinate market surveillance projects. The machinery industry has also made it clear that it would not support the introduction of any new legislative safety and environmental requirements on our manufacturers as long as proper market surveillance and customs controls are not ensured in the EU.
||FEM market surveillance guides now available in German
Continuing the translation process of the FEM market surveillance guides to assess compliance of equipment with a variety of EU regulatory requirements, the guides are now available in German. For more information see our Market Surveillance page.
||FEM market surveillance guides now available in Italian
As part of the translation process of the FEM market surveillance guides to assess compliance of equipment with a variety of EU regulatory requirements, the guides are now available in Italian. For more info see our Market Surveillance page.
||FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifing Equipment publishes new guidance document
On 16 May 2011, the FEM Product Group Cranes and Lifting Equipment Sub Group Mobile Cranes issued a position paper on the use of mobile cranes for the lifting of persons (FEM N0284). The group has now issued a guidance document which gives an explanation for interpretation of the position paper. This guidance document is published on the CLE Product Group page..
||FEM Newsletter 2012-02 (Table of Content)
The second 2012 issue of the FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||FEM market surveillance guides now available in Spanish
FEM has embarked on a translation process of its market surveillance guides to assess compliance of its equipment with a variety of EU regulatory requirements. The guides are now available in Spanish. Translation into other languages is ongoing. For more info see our Market Surveillance page
||Publication of FEM 9.771 Light Crane Systems
Leading European manufacturers of light cranes in FEM Product Group Cranes and Lifting Equipment have drawn up a new technical recommendation - FEM 9.771 Light Cranes Systems. This FEM document gives added value to the European standards referring to cranes, runways and manipulators with a focus on the special requirements and hazards of light crane systems. It can be purchased on the FEM Technical Documents page. For more information about the content of the technical recommendation, see the attached press release.
||New FEM Code 9.841/10.2.10
Over the last decade automated storage and retrieval systems have increased in complexity and required performance. Such systems are composed of sub-systems, such as warehouse building, unit loads to be stored, storage & retrieval machines, racking, conveyors, management system. It is the responsibility of the “system designer / planner” in cooperation with the “end-user” to deal with these interfacing sub-systems and to realize a warehouse that complies with the specifications and safe operation requirements.
Insufficient awareness might result in disappointment concerning budget, time schedule and performance (economical, reliable and safe). This should be prevented. The FEM (European Federation of Material Handling) Product Groups “Intralogistic Systems” and “Racking & Shelving” have therefore decided to initiate a joined activity to give guidance to end-users, system designers / planners, contractors and sub-contractors. This has resulted in the Industry Code of Practice "FEM 9.841 / 10.2.10 - Storage systems with rail dependent storage and retrieval equipment – Interfaces", in addition to EN 15629. It serves as a reference and orientation regarding the points raised.
This Code of Practice specifies also the position, obligations and responsibilities of the parties involved."
To purchase this technical recommendation and for more information about other Intralogistics Systems technical documents, please see our Intralogistics Systems webpage.
||FEM statistics 2010
European materials handling production value remained stable in 2010 at €54 bn. Exports outside the EU increased by 7% whilst extra-EU imports were up by 18%. FEM 2010 statistical data thus confirms the strengthening of the European materials handling industry’s external dimension together with a continuous increase of non-EU product penetration on the internal market. For more details see FEM 2010 statistical data and accompanying press release.
||FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks publishes new guidance document
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has published a FEM 4.101 recommendation on “Hour meter readings – terms and definitions for industrial trucks”. The purpose of this document is to define the terms used in relation to time displayed on hour meters fitted to industrial trucks. The recommendation is available on PG IT web page.
||FEM Newsletter 2012-01 (Table of Content)
The first 2012 issue of FEM newsletter has just been distributed to members. In the Table of Content, you can see the issues discussed within FEM. For further questions on these issues, please contact FEM Secretariat.
||Industrial trucks publish worldwide statistics
FEM Product Group Industrial trucks, together with representative bodies in Brazil, China, Japan, Korea and the US, is part of a statistical reporting programme tracking order and shipments of industrial trucks across the globe. Six trade groups report monthly and quarterly on forklift trucks to produce WITS reports on various categories: elecrtic rider trucks - counterbalanced, electric warehouse rider trucks, elecrtic warehouse pedestrian trucks, internal combustion trucks, cushion and pneumatic tyres, counterbalanced.
A worldwide summary by continent is made available each year to the public.
||NRMM - Joint position on French proposal on flexibility
Whereas a revision of Directive 97/68 on exhaust emissions of non-road mobile machinery is under preparation, France has submitted a proposal for revising sell-off and flexibility schemes. FEM, together with other machinery industries (CECE, CEMA, EGMF and Pneurop), has adopted a joint position requesting to keep the flexibility scheme whilst suggesting initiatives that could simplify the Directive.
||Official launch of the Market Surveillance Industry's Support Platform
FEM and other machinery sectors have launched an Industry's Support Platform at the occasion of a conference on market surveillance for machinery organised by the European Commission on 24th November. In front of some 250 participants, the industry showed a concrete example of its commitment to take an active role in fighting the proliferation of non-compliant machinery on the EU market.
The launch coincided with the signature of a Manifesto that presents 10 key recommendations of the machinery industry for an efficient market surveillance in the EU.
For more information, see FEM joint press release
||Guide for the identification of non-compliant MEWPs
FEM Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms has issued guidelines to assess compliance of MEWPs with requirements covering engine exhaust emissions, diesel engine compliance, noise emissions and warning & marking. Please visit http://fem-eur.com/index.php/market-surveillance/en/
||2011 Presidents Forum of the Alliance of Industrial Trucks Associations
The 2011 Presidents' Forum took place in Palm Beach (Florida, US) hosted by the Industrial Trucks Association (ITA). Presidents of the FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks, the Chinese Industrial Trucks Association and the Japanese Industrial Vehicles Association gave some presentations about their respective markets. A video of the event, including the presentations is available below
||Market Surveillance Industry Support Platform goes live
The Market Surveillance Industry Support Platform went live on Monday, 17th October. This joint initiative from several machinery industry sectors, in which FEM played a crucial role, aims at providing a resource database of technical documentation on compliance through a single access point for market surveillance authorities and market operators (importers, distributors...).
The FEM section features the technical documents put together so far by FEM PG Industrial Trucks. Other Product Groups will follow. In addition, the website hosts video statements from FEM President John Meale, PG IT President Ambrogio Bollini and PG MEWPs President Alan McIntyre. The Platform will be officially launched at the upcoming European Commission conference on market surveillance, due to take place on 24th November 2011 in Brussels (see http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/mechanical/machinery/market-surveillance/index_en.htm).
A communication campaign on the initiative started on 17 October and will last until the end of November in several EU media (Euractiv, European Voice, European Parliament’s Magazine) in order to raise political awareness. You can see the first banner on www.euractiv.com.
||Registrations to Market Surveillance conference now open!
Upon joint effort from the machinery industry, in which FEM played a key role, the European Commission is organising a conference on market surveillance in machinery due to take place on 24th November 2011 in Brussels.
||Overload Testing of Mobile Cranes
The Product Group has published a new position paper on Overload Testing of Mobile Cranes.
||FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems
FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems has published its 2011 factsheet. The document provides indexed statistics on order intakes of storage and retrieval machines (2005-2010) and on projects (2006-20109). Incoming orders have continued their growth since mid 2009.
The factsheet is available on PG Intralogistic Systems web page
||FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has published its latest factsheet. In 2010 order intakes grew for all types of industrial trucks though forklift trucks showed a stronger growth than warehouse trucks, compensating for the bigger declines experienced in 2009. The year 2011 so far confirms further increase of market demand in Europe with 34% in
Western Europe and 70% in Eastern Europe after the first half of 2011.
The factsheet is available on PG Industrial Trucks web page
||Non-compliant industrial trucks at CeMAT
VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems association carried out an inspection on industrial trucks displayed at CeMAT 2011. The inspection revealed that over 50 exhibits did not meet European regulatory requirements related to machine safety, exhaust emissions and noise emissions. The information was passed on to the Hannover Supervisory Office, who further investigated and took action.
For a more detailed report, see VDMA press release
The issue was picked up by the online publication ForkliftAction
For more information on FEM, its Product Groups and National Committees' initiatives in the field of market surveillance, check our Market Surveillance section.
||Requirements for lifting persons with mobile cranes
FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment has adopted a position paper setting out requirements for lifting persons with mobile cranes. Beyond general aspects, the paper lists requirements related to the equipment, tests to be carried out before use and obligations during use.
||Joint FEM-CECE-CEMA position paper on air quality policy
FEM issued a position paper together with CECE (Construction equipment) and CEMA (Agricultural machinery) on air quality policy. It is addressed to the Commission in the context of the discussions on a stage V under Directive 97/68/EC on Emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery. FEM supports measures to improve air quality that are cost effective to all sectors of society. It recommends the consideration of an incentive based replacement of older machines from the legacy fleet. It insists that a scientific study be conducted in order to demonstrate on a scientific basis a cost benefit to society of any recommendation that is made for a stage V, and insists on a global alignment for any further stage.
||FEM events at CeMAT 2011
During CeMAT 2011, FEM organised two major events - a Legislative Workshop and a CEO Breakfast. The presentations made during these events are available for free download - please click here.
||FEM publishes statistics 2005-2009
For the first time, FEM has compiled statistical data on the production value and external trade of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment, all product groups aggregated. The figures, which cover the period 2005-2009, are based on Eurostat data, as well as estimations by FEM and VDMA for equipment not covered by Eurostat (storage equipment and software/automation). The aim is to give a picture of the size and evolution of one of the largest sectors in European mechanical engineering. The exercise will be undertaken annually.
||Market surveillance: PG IT guideline on marking
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has published a guideline on marking. It deals with the non-compliance of industrial trucks with regard to marking of machinery, documents and instructions according to directives 2006/42/EC, 2000/14/EC and 2004/108/EC.
The guideline is available for free download from our Market Surveillance Section.
||Market surveillance: PG IT updated guidelines on noise
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has updated its market surveillance guidelines on outdoor noise. Check FEM market surveillance section
||Market surveillance: PG IT guideline on noise
FEM Product group Industrial Trucks has published guidelines on compliance control for noise, as part of a series of thematic guidelines to help identify non-compliant industrial trucks. After exhaust emissions, noise is the second theme addressed. General safety and marking of machinery will follow.
The guidelines are available for free download on our Market Surveillance Section
||FEM newsletter 2011-01
The first issue of the FEM newsletter is now available.
||FEM launches market surveillance section on its website
FEM has launched a section dedicated to market surveillance on its website. The purpose is to present various industry-led initiatives at FEM, Product Group or National Committee level aimed at fostering market surveillance in a proactive spirit. The section already features guidelines on compliance with exhaust emissions legislation edited by FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks, as well as presentations given at the Technical Workshop on market surveillance held during the FEM 2010 Congress in Istanbul.
Prominently featured in FEM Policy Paper 2009-2014, market surveillance will be one of the main FEM priorities in 2011.
||Press Release: FEM & CeMAT deepen their collaboration
FEM and Deutsche Messe have signed a cooperation agreement entailing FEM membership in CeMAT Network and making FEM a supporter of all CeMAT events. The agreement reflects the mutual wish to strengthen ties between the two organisations, thereby consolidating the European base and leading position of CeMAT exhinitions in the materials handling and intralogistic sector worldwide.
See FEM & DMAG joint press release
||Factsheet Intralogistic Systems
FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems has published its first factsheet, covering the past few years. The document provides indexed statistics on order intakes of storage and retrieval machines (2005-2009) and on projects (2006-2009). Within one year, the sector has recorded a 50% drop in business. Orders have however been increasing again since the middle of 2009.
The factsheet is available on PG Intralogistic Systems web page
||John Meale becomes President of FEM
On 2 October 2010, FEM members gathered at the 33rd FEM Congress in Istanbul and unanimously elected John Meale as President for the period 2010-2012. Jan van der Velden, President of FEM Product Group Intralogistic Systems, was elected Vice-President of FEM. Philippe Frantz became Past President.
See FEM Press Release
||Placing mobile cranes on the market
FEM Product Group has adopted a position paper addressing the problem of placing "used" mobile cranes on the EU market for the first time.
||Encouraging perspectives for the European materials handling industry
Following a black year 2009, which saw an average 30% drop in order intakes in the European materials handling industry with some countries experiencing a much greater loss, the recovery that started at the end of 2009 is consolidating. Alhtough some uncertainty remains in the medium term, the current trend is promising.
Full press release available HERE
||EFM Roundtable "Internal market & Manufacturing"
On 23rd June, Mr. Alan McIntyre, Member of FEM Board and President of the Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, gave an address on the issue of Market Surveillance at the Roundtable "Internal Market & manufacturing" organised by the European Forum for Manufacturing.
The report on the event and the content of Mr. McIntyre's address can be found here
||Industrial Trucks factsheet 2009
FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks has released its annual factsheet for 2009. The industrial trucks sector was badly hit by the crisis with drops of 40% in Western Europe and 70% in Eastern Europe. So far, 2010 however shows signs of recovery.
PG IT factsheet 2009 is available on PG IT web page
||FEM Policy Paper 2010-2014
FEM officially adopts a Policy Paper 2009-2014 setting out the current and midterm challenges facing the European materials handling industry and proposing a number of responses to address them.
||FEM replies to EC consultation on standardisation
FEM has sent its official reply to the European Commission's consultation on standardisation. FEM reply is available here
||Ambrogio Bollini elected President of PG IT
Dott. Ambrogio Bollini was unanimously elected President of the FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks. For more information, see the Product Group News page.
||FEM Vice-President and Thorworld MD calls for effective surveillance of the materials handling industry
John Meale, Vice-President of Fédération Européenne de la Manutention, the European Materials Handling Federation, and Managing-Director of UK-based Thorworld Industries Ltd, has said that unless regular inspections are introduced EU Directives and Regulations will continue to be undermined as counterfeit and non-compliant machinery floods the market from both inside and, more particularly, outside the EU.
The full press release is available here
||Influence of wind forces during mobile crane operation
FEM PG CLE and ESTA remind about basic safety requirements when operating a mobile crane under wind forces. More info available on PG news webpage
||PG CLE - Revised EN13000 standard to be published
Revised EN13000 standard will be finalised by July 2010. Amended to be in line with the new Machinery Directive, it will give mobile cranes a presumption of conformity. For more info, check the Product Groups News page.
||PG CLE – Mr. Grobs retires from FEM activities
See the announcement and the CLE press release (in German) in the Product Groups News section.
||FEM introduces itself
Materials handling products and equipments are found in almost every manufacturing and distribution company. They are also present throughout the entire supply and logistic chain, and more generally during the entire lifecycle of a product.
As images speak more than words, FEM has put together a brochure that provides a presentation of the various types of materials handling products and equipments, and of their many uses through illustrated examples.
The brochure can be downloaded here.
In addition, FEM has created a simple presentation of its structure, mission, objectives and activities. The presentation, available for free download on FEM website’s homepage, is currently in English but versions in other languages will soon be uploaded.
||FEM presentation at CEOC Committee Cranes-Machines-Lifts
On 4th February, FEM Secretary General Olivier Janin met the members of the “CML Committee” of CEOC international (inspection and certification organisations). Mr. Janin’s presentation can be downloaded here.
||FEM press release on the publication of the first edition guidelines on the new Machinery directive
FEM publishes a press release on the publication of the first edition of the European Commission’s guidelines on the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
The FEM press release can be downloaded here.
||Publication of the first edition guidelines on the new Machinery directive
The European Commission has published the first edition of its guidelines on the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, and specifically on the preamble, Articles and Annexes I & II.
FEM has substantially contributed to the development of these guidelines, and in particular on Annex I, which defines the essential health and safety requirements on issues such as fixed guards, lifting of people and risks linked to the mobility of machinery.
FEM will continue assisting the European Commission with the remaining guidelines on Annexes III to XI (due by mid 2010) and in providing advice wherever necessary and on future revisions. The guidelines are available here.
||Upcoming Amendment to Standard EN 13000 (Mobile Cranes)
Cranes Today reports on the upcoming entry into force of amendments to EN 13000 and the effect on mobile cranes manufacturers, who will have to adapt their Rated Capacity Limiter.
To check the report please click here.
||FEM Product Group Industrial trucks factsheet for 2008 now published
||FEM Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms position on the revision of the Outdoor Noise Directive
The position paper is available in our Product Groups News page.
||FEM position on Outdoor Noise Directive
FEM provides detailed input from the materials handling sector on the upcoming revision of the Outdoor Noise Directive.
The document is available here.
||Jan van der Velden’s presentation on Performance Availability - 3 June 2009, SIL - Barcelona – France
The presentation is available in our new Product Groups News page
||FEM IT information paper on implementation of the new machinery directive - availability of harmonised standards and dealing with EC declaration of conformity
The information paper is available in our new Product Groups News page
||FEM opinion on the proposed extension of the flexibility scheme under Directive 97/68/EC
FEM replies to a European Commission’s letter regarding a possible extension of the flexibility scheme for adapting the combustion engines of non-road mobile machinery to new emission levels according to Directive 97/68/EC.
The position paper is available in our Internal Market section.
||FEM CEO breakfast at CeMAT
On 29 May, around 50 CEOs from large and smaller European companies in the materials handling, lifting and storage equipment sectors, and exhibiting at CeMAT 2008, met for a CEO breakfast organised by FEM to discuss the business climate and economic outlook for the
Download the full press release here
||CeMAT officially endorsed by FEM
The CeMAT organisers are pleased to announce that CeMAT 2008 has been endorsed by FEM, the European manufacturers association of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment. This endorsement consolidates the European base and leading position of the CeMAT international show in the materials handling and intralogistics sector...Download the full press release here.
To download the latest CeMAT Newsletter, click here.
||FEM sent its initial comments on the NOMEVAL Technical Report to the European Commission
FEM issued its initial comments on the Study on the experience in the implementation of Directive 2000/14/EC relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors (NOMEVAL), in order to give its contribution before publication of the final Article 20 Report by the European Commission.