The agriculturalmechanisation sector comprises all those self-propelled, pulled, suspended andsemi-suspended mobile machines that are used as standard in agriculture,livestock farming, silviculture, gardening and green areas. The legislationapplicable to the sector is extensive due to their design and operationalcharacteristics, thus meaning that development of the sector is closely relatedto the development of this legislation.
The sector can beinitially divided into companies engaged in bringing products to the market(manufacture and import), implementation (commercial networks) and maintenanceand repair services (technical support). Third parties associated withstandardisation and certification should also be considered.
The main objectiveof agricultural mechanisation has always been increased production through reduceduptake of resources, meaning it is essential for the sustainable development ofagriculture via the use of re-usable resources. Work is currently beingundertaken in the sector to also reduce fuel consumption and polluting gasemissions.
Agriculturalmechanisation is in a constant process of technical change, caused both byprogress in general and by changes conditioned by the modification of theproducts involved. Mechanically-speaking, a limit has been reached in terms ofpossible progress involving the raw materials used. However, electronicdevelopment has only just begun and communication between machines will lead totrue precision agriculture.
The motorisedmachine import and tools manufacturing sector equates to 1,500 million eurosand provides direct employment to 70,000 people when includingcommercialisation and technical support services.
Two national associations represent the sectorbefore national and international public bodies, trade fair entities,standardisation bodies, trial laboratories, technology centres anduniversities.
Agricultural machines are the only onesconsidered as machines and vehicles, and must comply with the variousspecifications related to occupational and road safety applicable in everycountry around the world.
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