The global transmissions market: All over Europe the traditional transmission industry is changing due to the increasing use of lightweight materials, the increase in the number of forward speeds, a reduction in the numbers of moving parts as well as greater electronic control. At the same time, new and interesting types of transmission are emerging; manual transmissions becoming automated (AMT), constantly variable transmissions (CVT) now able to handle much greater torques, infinitely variable transmissions (IVT) already on the scene in Japan, and novel designs for lower cost production in Asia.