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Challenges

The sector is confronted by a number of daunting challenges. These include:

The requirement to reduce the energy consumption of pumps - (in EU countries, pumps account for a significant proportion of energy consumption in industrial and commercial applications)

Addressing adequately the draft of EU legislation in areas such as energy efficiency, technical standards and health and safety

Supporting the framing of new EU legislation in such a way that the goals of the legislators are achieved without compromising the ability of the pump manufacturers to compete internationally

Maintaining a competitive edge against global competition through matching more closely the needs of customers

The requirement to move from competing at a regional to global level as many traditional end use sectors such as chemicals, petroleum refining shift investment patterns to low labour cost countries