Engines in Society


For more than 100 years, the internal combustion engine has played a central role in our social and economic development. For more than 50 years, engineers in our industry and related businesses (users and suppliers) have developed new technologies that dramatically reduced the environmental impact of using internal combustion engines – while still allowing them to retain their role as society’s most economical and versatile power source.

Our members provide approximately 200,000 jobs for highly skilled and motivated men and women across the world.



Internal combustion engines offer sustainable solutions for a virtually infinite number of propulsion and power needs. Our members provide power solutions – diesel, petrol and gas – to enhance their customers’ business in the nonroad mobile machinery, marine propulsion and power generation markets, while also creating better technologies that benefit the customer and environment alike. Our engines are sold worldwide and are used in a wide range of climates, from deserts to glaciers.



More recently, the increasingly densely populated and technologically advanced nature of our society has created new environmental demands. We recognise our responsibility to minimise the effect of our activities on the environment and preserve it for future generations.



Billions of euros have been invested in research and development to continually refine internal combustion engine technologies, reduce emissions, improve engine system efficiency and minimise operating costs. Our member companies design and manufacture safe, reliable, high-quality and high-performance products. Modern advanced internal combustion engines meet customer requirements and adhere to governmental regulations issued by authorities all over the world.