ELB Equipment and Ammann entrench their high level of commitment in Africa
South African Builder recently attended the busy and well-attended Open Day staged near Benoni by global compaction and paving equipment manufacturer, Ammann, alongside its southern African distributor, ELB Equipment. Here the two companies entrenched their high level of service and support provided on the Ammann range of world-class compaction and paving equipment. ELB Equipment now also have a value based Paver available from Ammann/Apollo for the emerging contractors or start up type businesses to make it affordable to grow the business.
The open day followed on the back of a week-long in-depth sales and technical training programme presented by Ammann’s international specialists at an off-site venue in Benoni.
A sixth-generation Swiss company, Ammann is recognised as the world leader in the design and manufacture of high quality heavy and light compaction equipment, a full range of road paving equipment and asphalt batching plants.
In his address to customers and guests, Des van Heerden, divisional director of ELB Equipment said: “The close relationship that the two businesses have 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 its business, conducting in-depth training and unprecedented support on a continuous basis. This is complimented by the ELB ethos which in turn brings our customers the very best technical and spares support around the clock, 365 days a year.”
Service and 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 warehouse and at its support network throughout the country, as well as across borders as far as Kenya, keeps the Ammann range of equipment operating efficiently and productively.
“We attribute our success with Ammann to the three pillars which form the foundation of ELB Equipment’s offerings,” continued Van Heerden. “These are Productivity – where we assure our customers of the highest level of machine up-time and availability; Serviceability – all Ammann equipment supplied is designed for tool-less daily maintenance in the field; and Ergonomics – where operator comfort ensures more focus on the work at hand and thus further extends productivity.”
Wladimir Drisner, Commercial manager, Light Compaction at Ammann Hennef, Germany, describes how all Ammann compaction equipment is built on feedback from the customer. “In this way we assure the most ergonomic design and operator comfort,” said Drisner.
Seeing is believing
One of the many customers present on the day, Elmien Bolleurs is a director of SedBuild Hardware in Vereeniging. This thriving one-stop hardware and building material supplier has a large equipment-hire division which is geared to the needs of contractors; whereas sister company SedTrade undertakes road construction and contracts.
These two companies operate a number of Ammann compaction machines, including walk-behinds and ride-on rollers, as well as Ditch Witch machines. “ELB’s backup and support is truly exceptional,” said Bolleurs. “And their spares availability is top notch.”
The Open Day also marked the occasion of the hand-over of the new Apollo Asphalt Plant to the customer. Rocco Lehman, MD of Ammann South Africa welcomed Steve Tinarwo, CEO of Instant Tar & Plant Hire to the podium to receive “the keys” to the newly commissioned plant.
Ammann Asphalt holds a 75% market share in the supply of asphalt batch plants, and retains a significant competitive edge through its focused product range – comprising large plants to small. All Amman asphalt plants comply to high sustainability standards – through advanced burner and air-filter technologies.
For an in-depth perspective of the Ammann range of compaction equipment see the Construction Equipment feature in the February 2018 issue of SA Builder.
Ammann is a sixth-generation Swiss based family business operating on a global scale. It designs and manufactures compaction equipment, road construction paving equipment, asphalt mixing plants and concrete mixing plants. The company retains a competitive edge through application of advanced technology and a high focus on reliability. Ammann employs over 3 700 employees and has 200 outlets in 100 countries.
ELB Equipment is one of a handful of South African companies who can offer a broad range of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment from a single supplier. The company has established itself as one of the most respected names in the industry and is a division of ELB Equipment Holdings, a JSE-listed company.