Japanese contractor buys second Eurotec ECO60 concrete batching plant for Madagascar port development 

One of Lintec & Linnhoff's long-time customers was so impressed by the performance of its Eurotec ECO60 concrete batching plant they ordered a second model to support its work on the Toamasina Port Development Project (Phase 2) in Madagascar. 
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / April 13, 2023
By Guy Woodford
The Eurotec ECO60 concrete batching plant being used by a Japanese contractor at the Toamasina Port Development Project (Phase 2) in Madagascar

The Japanese contractor was already familiar with the ECO60 as they had used the same model before. When they needed a new plant for a port extension project, it was an easy choice for them to purchase the same model. The decision to buy the second plant was made after being convinced of its quality and reliability and enjoying the superb level of aftersales support of the Eurotec team. 

"This customer always has a need for high productivity and reliable plant, which is why they took advantage of the ECO60 plant's performance and reliability. To meet the new project's requirements for more complex concrete mix designs, they upgraded that first ECO60 model from three aggregate bins to five bins," explains R. Sakthi, CEO of Lintec & Linnhoff Concrete. "So after they witnessed it could deliver the high performance they wanted, they ordered another ECO60 plant with five aggregate bins."

R Sakthi
R. Sakthi, CEO of Lintec & Linnhoff Concrete 

The ECO60's modularised structure provides fast installation and easy maintenance. It started producing a consistent mix of concrete volumes for various Toamasina Port Development Project tasks. 

The new quay and container storage area, already the largest commercial port in Madagascar, is expected to increase Toamasina's port handling capacity. On top of that, the deepened berths allow more and larger cargo and container ships to dock.

The stationary Eurotec ECO60 provides an affordable and reliable solution for customers who demand an economical concrete batching plant with high-quality concrete production. The customer can also customise the number of aggregate bins (3-6 inline bins) according to the project's concrete mix requirements.

The model produces up to 60 m3/hour of ready-mix concrete in batches of 1 m3. The consistency of the mix is ensured by the weighing and batching systems that are metered using load cells. This is managed with Eurotec's own in-house ECS process-control system software that runs on Windows OS for fully automatic operations. 

A twin-shaft mixer, which is 100% manufactured in Italy, supports high-volume production and rigorous mixing intensity. Located at 90° intervals, the double-mixing spiral paddle structure delivers greater abrasion resistance and high-performance production than conventional mixers. Its robust steel structure and thick interior abrasion-proof linings ensure long-lasting durability. This advantage is valuable when blending materials with particle sizes from 120 to 150mm.

The ECO60's work was completed without incident in July 2022, although the project is expected to continue for another two to three years.  

The long-running Toamasina Port redevelopment program has witnessed major improvements, with port handling capacity rising from just 60 tons to 2,500 tons per day. In addition, bottlenecks that would see full containers languishing for an average of 20 days have been eliminated. 

Toamasina now handles 90% of Madagascar's container traffic and more than 80% of all the country's trade traffic, making it a leading regional hub with connections to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Gulf states. The project's latest phase will significantly contribute to Madagascar's economic development. It has already accelerated other new projects across the country, increasing mining and cement production investment.  



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