The coming years will see a worldwide increase in the transportation of people and goods. To meet these challenges, MAN’s strategic product development is aimed at trends and scenarios for the years 2015 to 2050. MAN Truck & Bus utilizes its Trend Radar for the early identification, evaluation, and analysis of relevant trends for the Company. Worldwide megatrends - climate change, globalization, demographic change, and urbanization - will significantly influence the Company’s business activities. Because products manufactured by MAN have a life expectancy that often spans several decades, we plan and develop them with not only our customers’ current needs but also their future requirements in mind.
Our customers judge our products based on the total cost of ownership - from purchase and use to disposal. As a result, increasing efficiency is the top priority in the development of our products and services.
In both Commercial Vehicles and Power Engineering, on average over 90% of greenhouse gas emissions are generated during the use phase of the product life cycle - through energy consumption, emissions, use of lubricants, maintenance, and servicing. Because most of our products have a very long service life - and are used intensively - we reduce the environmental impacts as much as possible through forward-looking product development. Important criteria here are the efficiency and marketability of our products as well as their quality and safety.
The product engineering process (PEP) at MAN Truck & Bus describes the standard sequence of a new vehicle project, from project initiation through to vehicle market launch. In 2012 this process was reworked in a joint project with MAN Latin America. The employees responsible for PEP met more than 50 times at workshops and developed a standardized process sequence which involves production managers from the very beginning. Accordingly, the product engineering process at Commercial Vehicles breaks down into six stages:
- Initiation and definition
- Pre-series engineering
- Series engineering
- Series production ramp-up
“Environmentally Compatible Product Development” is the name of the process guidelines which regulate environmental aspects, such as reducing pollutant and noise emissions, at MAN Truck & Bus. In addition, we concentrate on the safety of our products and the safety of road users.
At MAN Diesel & Turbo the product development process focuses on efficiency, weight, noise emissions, and the selection of materials. We also concentrate on the reliability and safety of our products. And of course customer requirements are considered as well.
The process includes the following steps:
- Analyses of economic, market, competitive, and product situations
- Generation of ideas based on prognoses and customer dialog
- Evaluation according to technical and economic criteria
- Definition of product concepts
- Prioritization of projects