Global compaction and paving equipment manufacturer, Ammann,alongside its southern African distributor, ELB Equipment, entrenched the highlevel of service and support provided on the range of world-class compactionand paving equipment at a busy and well-attended open day in Benoni recently.ELB Equipment now also have a value based Paver available from Ammann/Apollofor the emerging contractors or start up type businesses to make it affordableto grow the business.

The open day followed on the back of a week-long in-depth salesand technical training programme presented by Ammann's internationalspecialists at an offsite venue in Benoni. A sixth-generation Swiss company,Ammann is recognised as the world leader in the design and manufacture of highquality heavy and light compaction equipment, a full range of road pavingequipment and asphalt batching plants.

In his address to customers and guests, Des van Heerden, divisionaldirector of ELB Equipment said: “The close relationship that the two businesseshave forged since 2014 brings our customers the very best equipment available.Ammann is very active and is very hands-on in the global operation of itsbusiness, conducting in-depth training and unprecedented support on acontinuous basis. This is complimented by the ELB ethos which in turn bringsour customers the very best technical and spares support around the clock, 365days a year.”

Serviceand support

ELB Equipment, working hand-in-hand with Amman South Africa,imports this equipment directly and manages all aspects of customer training,service and support. The stock of spare parts held at ELB's Boksburg warehouseand at its support network throughout the country, as well as across borders asfar as Kenya, keeps the Ammann range of equipment operating efficiently andproductively.

“We attribute our success with Ammann to the three pillars whichform the foundation of ELB Equipment’s offerings,” continued Van Heerden.“These are Productivity – where we assure our customers of the highest level ofmachine up-time and availability; Serviceability – all Ammann equipmentsupplied is designed for tool-less daily maintenance in the field; andErgonomics – where operator comfort ensures more focus on the work at hand andthus further extends productivity.”

Wladimir Drisner, Commercial manager, Light Compaction at AmmannHennef, Germany, describes how all Ammann compaction equipment is built onfeedback from the customer. “In this way we assure the most ergonomic designand operator comfort,” said Drisner.

Seeing is believing

One of the many customers present on the day, Elmien Bolleurs is adirector of SedBuild Hardware in Vereeniging. This thriving one-stop hardwareand building material supplier has a large equipment-hire division which isgeared to the needs of contractors; whereas sister company SedTrade undertakesroad construction and contracts.

These two companies operatea number of Ammann compaction machines, including walk-behinds and ride-onrollers, as well as Ditch Witch machines. “ELB's backup and support is trulyexceptional,” said Bolleurs. “And their spares availability is top notch.”

The Open Day also marked the occasion of the hand-over of the newApollo Asphalt Plant to the customer. Rocco Lehman, MD of Ammann South Africawelcomed Steve Tinarwo, CEO of Instant Tar & Plant Hire to the podium toreceive “the keys” to the newly commissioned plant. Ammann Asphalt holds a 75%market share in the supply of asphalt batch plants, and retains a significantcompetitive edge through its focused product range – comprising large plants tosmall. All Amman asphalt plants comply to high sustainability standards –through advanced burner and air-filter technologies.

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ABOUT AMMANN

Ammann is a sixth-generation Swiss based family business operatingon a global scale. It designs and manufactures compaction equipment, roadconstruction paving equipment, asphalt mixing plants and concrete mixingplants. The company retains a competitive edge through application of advancedtechnology and a high focus on reliability. Ammann employs over 3 700 employees and has 200 outlets in 100countries.

ABOUT ELB EQUIPMENT

ELB Equipment is one of a few South African companies who canoffer a broad range of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarryingequipment from a single supplier. The company has established itself as one ofthe most respected names in the industry and is a division of ELB EquipmentHoldings, a JSE-listed company.