Ammann India Private Ltd.’s expanded, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was unveiled during Techno Days 2018 on April 14-15.
Customers, media, governmental dignitaries and key Ammann and Apollo officials attended the event. It included a tour of the new facility and a close-up look at the latest Ammann and Apollo products that are being manufactured at the improved location.
The transformation of the Apollo facility in Mesana, near Ahmedabad, began in 2014 and was completed this April. All told, the location now houses manufacturing facilities, administrative offices, a training centre, a compactor testing centre and a painting and sandblasting shop. The 120 000 m2 facility will employ 800 workers.
The first phase was initiated with the partnership of Ammann and Apollo and included construction of two halls for the manufacture of asphalt-mixing plants for the Indian market. That portion of the upgrade was completed two years ago.
The second phase, which was just completed, has been even more extensive. Old production halls were removed and replaced with new buildings. Additional structures were built to house administrative staff and accommodate key product training for customers.
All production is now occurring in the new, state-of-the-art facility. The expansion also provides an opportunity to include several outside operations into a single location.
Manufacturing for both local and export markets includes all Apollo asphalt-mixing plants, pavers and related products. Ammann products that will be manufactured at the facility include ARX 91 and ARS 121 compactors; AFT 500 pavers; ValueTec, UniBatch and EcoBatch asphalt-mixing plants; and core plant components.
The production facilities feature better layouts, and therefore higher efficiency. The processes are more technologically advanced as well, with modern robotics used for welding as one example. Customers will see products delivered even more quickly because of the increased efficiency. The robotics processes, as well as a new paint shop, are expected to improve quality.
Ammann India is a joint venture between the Ammann Group and Apollo.