Technology Days 2010 at new Kleemann plant:
State-of-the-art machine technology and tomorrow’s construction methods were the focal points of the Wirtgen Group Technology Days in September 2010. The Wirtgen Group with its global network of 55 subsidiaries and more than 100 dealers had invited contractors from the road construction and processing industries to Göppingen. More than 2,600 visitors from over 80 countries gathered at the new Kleemann plant where they not only toured the world’s most advanced production plant for crushing and screening equipment but also discovered the innovative technologies of the Wirtgen Group live and right up close.
During the two-day event, the Wirtgen Group presented customers with a multi-faceted offer of expert information and a great variety of machine demonstrations. Being the third event of this kind, the Technology Days have established themselves as an international meeting place of the in-dustry. Visitors arrived from all parts of Europe – from the North Cape all the way to Andalusia. Several hundred visitors from Asia, more than 250 visitors from North and South America, as well as numerous customers from the Middle East, Australia and Africa also seized this unique oppor-tunity. Live demonstrations of machines from all divisions of the Wirtgen Group were undoubtedly the highlight of the programme, which was complemented by expert lectures, a comprehensive machine exhibition and a tour of Kleemann’s new main plant.
Kleemann presents most advanced plant in the industry
Kleemann GmbH, the renowned manufacturer of crushing and screening plants, has been a member of the Wirtgen Group since 2006. This course of action has enabled the group of companies to specifically broaden its product portfolio. As both a clear commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base and a strong sign of confidence to its workforce, the Wirtgen Group has been investing, since 2008, in the construction of a new main plant not far from the old production facilities. Whilst other companies in the industry drastically reduced their investments and put new construction projects on hold in 2008 and 2009 on account of the global economic crisis, a state-of-the-art production plant was put up in Göppingen which offers ample space for future developments. This kind of far-sightedness, along with the courage to make anti-cyclical investments, is a hallmark of the strategy pursued by the Wirtgen Group. The consistent and continuous expansion of the German main production plants in recent years has provided Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm and Kleemann with four state-of-the-art production sites that offer perfect preconditions for the development, engineering and production of state-of-the-art construction machinery and plant.
Kleemann’s new main plant is the foundation for expanding the Mineral Technologies line of business which offers an extremely promising potential for growth on a global scale. The site, which extends across an area of 125,000 square metres, was open to customers for the duration of the Technology Days 2010, allowing visitors to gain an impression of the high level of vertical integration, short distances inside the plant and high precision applied in the production of the crushing and screening plants. During their tour of the plant, the visitors witnessed how individual components are fabricated, plants are assembled and subjected to quality control testing.
Managing Director Dr. Gerhard Schumacher views the new plant as an “ideal basis for future success. We have laid the technical foundations for a highly qualified workforce to supply the international markets with high-quality crushing and screening plants.” The Technology Days have given Kleemann GmbH a unique opportunity to present its understanding of quality in manufacturing to industry peers. “Customers were given the opportunity during the Technology Days to discover both our high quality standards in manufacturing and the solutions and technologies we offer. Our visitors will carry this message to their home countries in all parts of the world, and in the medium term it will certainly contribute to increasing our market share,” says Dr. Schumacher, summarizing the long-term ef-fects of the event.
Road construction and processing technologies live and up close
The audience closely followed the live demonstrations of machines op-erating in a model limestone quarry and rehabilitating the surface course of a road. Machine developers, product trainers and sales experts of the manufacturing companies explained the live operation of the Kleemann crushing and screening plants, Wirtgen 2500 SM surface miner, the latest generation of Wirtgen large milling machines, the world’s largest asphalt paver from Vögele as well as the entire range of new asphalt rollers from Hamm.
Versatility and flexibility are vital hallmarks of state-of-the-art construction machines. How customers benefit from them was demonstrated by the modification of several machines during lunchtime which, at first glance, was not spectacular at all. Cameras followed the modification work and transmitted live images to a screen, thus enabling the visitors to watch each and every move. Without using special equipment, the technicians needed no more than two hours to change the milling drum in a W 200, alter the ballasting of a GRW 280 pneumatic-tyred roller and convert the Super 3000-2 asphalt paver from a rigid to an extending paving screed. This demonstration was impressive proof of the practical efficiency of the machines and their easily replace-able modules.
Processing concrete, milling concrete, producing cold mix, paving and compacting a hydraulically bound base layer, creating concrete profiles – the second demonstration focused on linking these technologies. From Kleemann’s brand-new Mobirex MR 110 Z EVO mobile impact crusher with metal separator, the crushed demolished concrete was directly fed into a Wirtgen KMA 220 cold recycling mixing plant which used it to pro-duce material for a hydraulically bound base layer. Paving was carried out by the Vögele Super 3000-2 paver, and the paved layer was then compacted by the latest generation of Hamm tandem rollers and pneumatic-tyred rollers. During the final stage of the demonstration, Wirtgen presented the new SP 15 slipform paver which paved a con-crete profile in a live operation.
Hands-on technologies in theory and practice
After the end of the live demonstrations, the visitors poured onto the site to have a closer look at the layers, milling cuts and construction materials produced by the various machines. The great variety of technologies and products offered new information and insight gains for everyone present. “We are milling contractors, and so our focus is mainly on the milling ma-chines. All the same, the demonstrations of crushers, pavers and rollers are of great interest to us as they enable us to learn more about the in-novations in the preceding and following project phases,” declared visi-tors from Sweden. Not so for a contractor from Colombia. He has worked with a wide variety of Wirtgen Group technologies for many years and was particularly interested in the large Vögele paver and feeder models. A German quarry operator expressed his major benefits as follows: “The live demonstrations were very impressive. They have reinforced my trust in the brands and products of the Wirtgen Group because I could see for myself that the machines do in fact perform as promised.”
Three Kleemann specialists presented the latest products and projects in a series of highly interesting expert lectures. They conveyed a clear message: Kleemann will work out tailor-made and economical solutions for each project in close cooperation with the customer. Separate short presentations held in the outdoor area additionally enabled visitors to dis-cover the outstanding features of the latest Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm and Kleemann machines. The sound professional explanations given were just as convincing as the live machine demonstrations the customers had witnessed.
Talks on the sidelines of the machine exhibition
The machine exhibition on Kleemann’s company site in Göppingen was the ideal background for an in-depth exchange of ideas and industry talks that were held in between the various expert lectures and presentations. All product divisions from the “Road and Mineral Technologies” were on display, headed by the latest innovations. Wirtgen had even brought two world firsts: the new SP 15 and SP 25 slipform pavers.
“Close to our customers” – everyone present in Göppingen during the two-day event sensed that the Wirtgen Group’s claim is not merely an empty promise but a practiced habit in day-to-day business. It is doubt-lessly one of the reasons why the visitors are eager to attend again next time.
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