Roundtable discussion: OEMs and safety

Roundtable discussion: OEMs and safety
Officials believe the PMV industry in the Middle East has made significant strides in the pursuit of safety
Published: 15 July 2014 - 9:30 a.m.
By: James Morgan

When it comes to productivity, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are the fiercest of rivals. Year in, year out, these firms work tirelessly to produce machines and vehicles that outperform those of their competitors.

The rate of innovation within the field of safety, meanwhile, is no less brisk, yet competition is not necessarily the primary driving force. The preservation of life has the ability to transcend commercial boundaries. When it comes to safety, everybody is playing on the same team.

The universal nature of this pursuit was evident at PMV Middle East’s latest roundtable discussion. Representatives from MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Trimble, and Hitachi gathered at The Ivy restaurant in Dubai, UAE, to debate the ways in which the GCC can bridge the safety gap with regions such as Europe, North America, and Japan.

The atmosphere during the event was as optimistic as it was collaborative. Whilst the group agreed that there remains much work to be done, nobody was of the opinion that the task ahead lies beyond the region’s capabilities.

Inevitably, construction and transportation activities involve a certain level of risk. Whether you’re using a tower crane to lift a 45-tonne load 20m above a building site, or carrying a 45-tonne load at 100km per hour down a GCC highway, there is potential for things to go awry.

It might well be impossible to completely eliminate the element of risk, but this hasn’t stopped firms from working diligently to minimise the threat.
In the arena of safety, the Middle East has benefitted massively from the efforts of OEMs. By investing heavily in research and development, the leading companies have successfully transferred a raft of safety-related features to the machines and vehicles on sale across the region.

Collectively, the firms in attendance at PMV’s roundtable discussion have been responsible for the introduction of some of the industry’s most notable safety advances. Technologies such as ABS/EBS, tyre sensors, operator monitoring, and proximity control are now commonplace on the brands’ regional product offerings.

Moreover, these technologies are continuing to advance. Machine control and telematics, for example, are becoming increasingly prevalent in the GCC.

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