OF TIER 4 FINAL, GAS AND BRICKS & MORTAR
“Give psi a chance,” and the others themes of the Engine Yearbook
There are a lot of themes running through the 2011 Engine Yearbook: the emergence of
Tier 4 final, maybe ahead of schedule; the apparent growing interest in natural gas engines
as an alternative to diesels; and also a significant investment in engineering resources
through the industrial world.
BY MIKE OSENGA
One thing we have said about Diesel Progress North American’s annual Engine
Yearbook through the years, is that
if nothing else, it provides you with
a quick, clear snapshot of exactly
where the industrial engine business in North America is at this
exact moment in time.
It doesn’t tell you too much about
what’s coming the rest of this year or
even next (that comes in September),
and it certainly doesn’t spend a lot of
time on historical matters. We dealt
with some of that last year during our
The Engine Yearbook, done right,
should give you a sense what happened with engine manufacturers
since last June until about three
weeks ago. That June 2010 to May
2011 timeframe is the snapshot
being taken here.
The thing about a snapshot is that
it is static to an exact point in time.
Flash. Picture taken. Moment passes.
But the engine business — like most
businesses — is ever-changing. Just
in the month or so we’ve been putting
this together, Tognum was sold to a
Rolls-Daimler team. You won’t see
that in the Engine Yearbook (though
you will in Business Notes in the
back). More to follow there.
Two years ago, Tier 4 final was the
big mystery. What would they do?
How will they get there? Everyone will
end up using SCR and aftertreatment
and all the rest of the usual suspects,
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