Rome was the setting for this year’s congress of the European construction equipment industry, which was organized by the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE). The congress was heavily influenced by the increasing challenges the European construction machinery industry is facing through digitalization and international competition, as was seen from the example of China.
Since January 1st, 2018, Enrico Prandini is the new President of CECE. As previous First Vice President he succeeded Bernd Holz. The CECE presidency is a rotating post held for two consecutive years by each of the associations representing their member nations.
Demographic change, too few women on jobsites, lack of engineers, fierce competition, little interest in STEM disciplines, a bad image of the sector and growing demand for digital skills are the biggest challenges in the construction and equipment sectors. The issues were recently discussed at a skills breakfast debate in the European Parliament.
As of May 8, Riccardo Viaggi starts his role as the new Secretary General of CECE. CECE secured the commitment of Mr. Viaggi to represent the sector towards the EU institutions and manage the association’s Brussels office.


With the publication CECE would like to update you regularly on the situation on the European construction equipment markets. The information is structured in 4 chapters: a short macroeconomic overview, a look at European construction activity, a chapter on the equipment markets in Europe and a focus topic that changes for each edition.
This publication provides CECE members and other interested parties with an overview of the main activities of CECE in the previous and the current year. It gives factual information on the workings of the European trade association, as well as shows how the work is done concertedly, with the strong involvement of many CECE member associations and companies. It also lists the many partnerships and activities CECE is engaged in both at European and at international level.
Sebastian Popp
Sebastian Popp
Deputy Managing Director
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