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Diesel Progress in its 12th edition is about oil products use. It's a really good magazine for research

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  • November-December 2012

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  • Worldview

    In the latest James Bond film, Sky-fall, the British agent operates a Cater-pillar excavator, but on a speeding train during an action-packed sequence.

    Its a pity every film made didnt fea-ture various types of off-highway tech-nology. Perhaps then the industry would be ending the year on a happier note.

    Cameron Diaz filmed onboard a skid steer loader may have made a positive contribution, Dustin Hoffman with a tun-nel boring machine, or how about Mick-ey Rooney extolling the benefits of Se-lective Catalytic Reduction technology? Maybe Hulk Hogan discussing the mer-its of variable geometry turbochargers.

    Such support from Tinseltown would sweep away the blues.

    Its easy to generalize, but 2012 has probably been slightly worse than an-ticipated for most of the construction/agricultural equipment manufacturers and engine makers.

    This has been the result of a cocktail with nasty ingredients. There are weak economies pretty much everywhere, not least in Europe, where the end of the financial difficulties seems very dis-tant; prospects in the Middle East are fragile and even in once-supercharged China the economy has cooled. There does, though, seem to be demand from Russia (With Love).

    Even in Brazil, a star-performing country recently, one truck maker high-lighted that the market has been at a lower level in 2012 compared to the pre-vious 12 months because of the transi-tion to Euro 5 and a flatter economy.

    Adding to the woes is that in many parts of the world, manufacturers costs have been rising steadily.

    No one seems to be expecting a sudden, rapid upturn in fortunes, but the grim prospect of another reces-sion is (hopefully) slim. Theres plenty of hope for the future and, thankfully, there remains admirable resilience as we end 2012.

    As they enter 2013, executives will be feeling shaken, not stirred. dpi

    While it might reflect a level of personal naivet, I believe most reg-ulatory bodies have noble intentions when it comes to the standards they establish. The problem most often seems to be that regulators dont really grasp how things work in the real world.

    The latest example involves E15, the fuel blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline (petrol) that has been ap-proved by the Environmental Protec-tion Agency and is just beginning to be sold in the U.S.A. E15 contains 5% more ethanol than the E10 blend that has been sold for more than a decade.

    When used in model year 2001 or newer motor vehicles, E15 is fine. When its used in anything else particularly the millions of small en-gine products used around the coun-try its actually illegal and will result in significant engine damage.

    So whats going to prevent people from buying the wrong fuel? Accord-ing to the EPA, a warning label on the fuel dispensing pumps ought to do it. The agency has also proposed mini-mum E15 fuel purchases of 15 L at a single transaction the logic be-ing that such a restriction will prevent people from filling the smaller contain-ers that are typically used to refuel small equipment.

    Seeing as E15 is also generally less expensive than E10 or other blends, its likely that the price is going to distract a lot of people from seeing any label. And as its the first time ever that they cant use the same fuel in their small engines that they use in their car, people are go-ing to make mistakes.

    Which leaves the small engine and equipment manufacturers in a tough spot. Do they take a hard line against misfueling, thereby gaining the enmity of their customers? Or do they eat the costs, shrinking their bottom lines?

    No one has any answers yet. dpi

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    Tomorrow Never Dies

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    global markets 36 Bright agricultural Outlook Could

    Boost Brazils economy 40 growth On an uneven pace

    Between mature, Developing and emerging markets

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