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Niklas Nillroth takes over CECE Presidency

CECE President handover

Chair of Swedish Construction Equipment Association succeeds Enrico Prandini of UNACEA

ON 1 January 2020 Niklas Nillroth became the new President of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE), succeeding Enrico Prandini of UNACEA and Komatsu.

The CECE presidency is a rotating post held for two consecutive years by each of the associations representing their member nations.

Niklas Nillroth chairs the Swedish Construction Equipment Association (SACE) and is vice-president of sustainability and public affairs at Volvo Construction Equipment.

‘As the CECE President, I will devote particular attention to the issue of sustainability in construction, with a special focus on the push for emission reduction and the initiatives being put in place by authorities and the rest of the industry,’ said Mr Nillroth.

This is the key megatrend for CECE, most of all concerning the positive impact that newly introduced machines can have in fighting pollution and improving air quality.

‘What is still missing – and what I want to focus on – are the pull factors making these technologies appealing and mainstream for client and users in the larger construction industry,’ said Mr Nillroth.

He will also continue the long-term strategy of his predecessors to embrace the transition into the digital era. Standards, being the focal point of this transition, can facilitate the ongoing digitalization of industry by promoting compatibility and interoperability between products and processes.

Enabling innovation will also be the theme of this year’s CECE Congress, which will be held in Stockholm from 7–9 October.

As the CECE President, Mr Nillroth will dedicate relevant efforts to the EU regulatory agenda. Indeed, a trio of key legislation will be proposed by the European Commission during 2020 – the Machinery Directive, the Outdoor Noise Directive and the Road-Circulation framework for off-highway machines.

‘Several groups of dedicated CECE experts are actively collecting and sharing their knowledge to contribute to an informed decision-making process at the EU level,’ continued Mr Nillroth.

‘Following in the steps of Enrico Prandini, CECE will work to further strengthen the public profile of the European construction equipment sector, describing and promoting the importance of the sector for the European economy and society at large,’ he concluded.

As President, Niklas Nillroth represents 1,200 construction equipment manufacturers in Europe. These companies generate €40 billion in yearly revenue and employ around 300,000 people overall.

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