First Ammann ACM Prime plant sold in Europe
BahmachGazBudService take continent’s first ACM Prime plant for road projects in Ukraine
AMMANN ACM Prime asphalt mixing plants have proved extremely popular in Latin America, where they originated, and more recently in Northern Africa, but now the mobile continuous plants now are heading to Europe, where the first one will operate in Ukraine.
Ukrainian firm BahmachGazBudService recently acquired an Ammann ACM 140 Prime plant, which will be utilized for road construction in the country’s Sumy region. It will be the first Prime plant to operate on the European continent.
According to Ammann, the ACM Prime has completely separate heating and mixing processes, is able to use up to 20% recycled asphalt (RAP), and additives such as fibres and foam can be introduced away from the heat source. Mixing time can be adjusted based on recipe and capacity, and the plant can also produce warm mix.
BahmachGazBudService previously utilized a stationary plant built by another manufacturer but increasing demand meant higher productivity was needed. The ACM 140 Prime is capable of producing 140 tonnes of asphalt mix per hour, compared with the stationary plant’s output of 30–40 tonnes/h.
A second differentiator was mobility. ‘The customer doesn’t know exactly where in the region projects will be, so he was keen on the mobility of the plant in order to quickly relocate closer to the job sites,’ said Yevhen Lytvyn, a sales representative at Euromash, Ammann’s dealer in Ukraine.
Transport is extremely easy thanks to the ACM Prime’s compact design, which ensures the plant fits on just one or two trailers, whereas relocating the stationary plant would have required 15 to 18 trucks.
‘It was important to keep the relocation costs low,’ added Mr Lytvyn. ‘The customer also likes the fact that no cranes are required to install the ACM 140 Prime, and that very minimal foundation work is needed.’