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17 October 2018

German concrete supplier deploys Ammann machines at new plant

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com

Concrete company Thomas Beton is using equipment from Swiss contruction machinery manufacturer Ammann at its new facility in Elmshorn, Germany.

Thomas Beton chose the Ammann CBS 120 SL Elba concrete mixing plant for Elmshorn. The plant features a frequency-controlled skip hoist and offers theoretical output of up to 121 m³ per hour, while having minimal space requirements. Most of the components are galvanised to ensure maximum protection against corrosion.

For the mixing system, Thomas Beton opted for the Ammann CEM 2660 S Elba single-shaft compulsory mixer, which is designed to offer high mixing intensity and fast homogenisation. There is an additional cleaning system to make maintenance work easier for plant operators.

Thomas Beton CEO Rainer Brings commented: “Simple operation and good access for maintenance were key factors in our decision to purchase this plant. We’ve had many decades of good experience with Ammann products. Their service and supplies of spare parts are also excellent.”

Due to on-site conditions at Elmshorn, the Ammann CEL 210/6 Elba Linear Storage Bin was lowered by three metres to allow grade-level filling. This eliminated the need for an approach ramp, and additives such as steel fibres are now discharged directly onto the weighing belt at grade level. The opposite filling opening was increased to optimise filling and utilisation of the chamber volume. The segment dosing seals are operated pneumatically, and their opening width can be adjusted freely.

Thomas Beton is following a strategy based on strengthening its local presence, which the company says is underpinned by continuing good economic conditions in the construction sector. It adds that physical proximity to customers and construction sites ensures a key competitive edge in the concrete market, and shorter transportation distances are also a significant environmental factor.

As part of the local presence strategy Thomas Beton now produces concrete at 26 facilities across the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Bremen and Lower Saxony. With the opening of the Elmshorn factory in July 2018, Ammann supplies plants for nine of these facilities.

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