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New emission standards challenge construction machinery industry

BEIJING – Major excavator enterprises sold 8,328 units in June, down 28 percent month-on-month. Market shares of domestic brand dropped 3 percent in June to 42 percent, according to media reports.

It is estimated that sales of excavators will reach 6,000 to 6,500 units in July and realize a single-digit growth, said the report.

Wholesale sales of heavy-duty trucks totaled 75,000 in June, up 50.8 percent year-on-year. The heavy-duty industry continued to increase starting from April. It is estimated that the industry will keep on growing at 20 percent in the third quarter.

Non-road construction machinery has upgraded from the phase II emission standards to phase III standards starting from July 1, 2013 in Beijing.

Newly registered road construction machineries are required to fulfill the Euro IV emission standards, which will add great pressure to pump trucks and cranes industry. Nighty-nine percent pump truck compliant with the State IV emission standards need import chassis, said the report.

Eight cities in China have upgraded cranes from the Euro III emission standards to Euro IV standards, said the report.

The country has postponed the implementation of the Euro IV emission standards of construction machinery twice due to unqualified oil supply. Phase III standards for the compress inner combustion engine for construction machineries has been drafted out and will be implemented on a trial basis starting from October 1, 2014. The compulsory standards will be implemented on October 1, 2015.

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