FPT Industrial exhibits the sustainable future of powertrains at the BEYOND — IVECO Group Days eventEngineering360 News Desk | July 25, 2022
Iveco Group officially introduced itself to international stakeholders and to Turin, Italy, the city where it is headquartered, at the BEYOND — Iveco Group Days event held July 13 through July 17.
The aim was to shed light on Iveco Group’s integrated structure and internal business ecosystems, while sharing the company’s purpose, values and future roadmap based on three strategic pillars: technology, sustainability and partnership.
FPT Industrial took center stage on both July 14 and 15 with Sylvain Blaise, president of the Iveco Group powertrain business unit and brand president of FPT Industrial, and two propulsion-themed roundtables.
In his keynote speech “The future of powertrains,” Blaise stressed the key role that powertrain manufacturers play in developing the powertrain of the future in order to achieve carbon neutrality, and how it is necessary to approach the route to sustainability in a holistic way, with a complete view of the cycle. In addition, he highlighted the importance of low- or zero-carbon energy in terms of sourcing and distribution in achieving the set goals. It also means ensuring continuity and competitiveness in strategic sectors that use current products and technologies, as well as developing new and greener propulsion solutions designed to be delivered to and adopted by the widest possible customer base in the shortest possible time.
These high-profile themes were discussed in the following roundtables: “Focus on propulsions: technological roadmap,” moderated by Fabrizio Goria, financial reporter at La Stampa, and “Propulsion evolution and partnerships ecosystem,” moderated by Alberto Onetti of Mind the Bridge, further evidencing the next steps that FPT Industrial and its partners are taking together.
At the first meeting, participants including Philip Scarth, head of open innovation at FPT Industrial, and Giorgio Ricci, head of manufacturing at FPT Industrial, shared ideas about the future of internal combustion engines as one of the many solutions to reduce emissions and their importance in current agricultural and construction industries, while also discussing the impact of electric evolution on powertrain manufacturing. During the talk, the speakers indicated the direction that FPT Industrial wants to take, becoming a “game changer” in the electrification era and positioning itself at the center of an ecosystem of skills.
The second roundtable featured, among others, Pierpaolo Biffali, vice president of product engineering at FPT Industrial, who presented the brand’s vision about the decarbonization of industrial on-highway and off-highway sectors. This vision includes a close collaboration with each partner combined with continuous leveraging of both its specific powertrain expertise and partners’ market experience to develop sustainable and successful projects together.