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Chinese minister visits Ammann: Wan Gang impressed by innovative asphalt mixing technology
29. June 2009

Extraordinary honour for construction equipment manufacturer Ammann of Langenthal: His Excellency Wan Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, paid a visit to the head office of the family-owned Swiss enterprise on 24 June 2009. He was particularly impressed by the innovative asphalt mixing and compacting technology.


China has 1.4 billion citizens and correspondingly huge infrastructure requirements. No less than 50000 kilometres of road surface are constructed in China every year. A significant part of China's current investment program flows into road and railway construction. The need for asphalt is rising continuously and the associated energy requirements are enormous: 1400 million tonnes of heating oil are needed in China every year for asphalt production alone. Ammann's mobile and stationary asphalt mixing plants meet the strictest environmental demands and will help reduce CO2 emissions whilst contributing towards the speedy advancement of China's infrastructure.


During his visit to Langenthal, Wan Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, addressed the demanding challenges facing his country: "Many parts of the country still have the status of a developing nation. We need to find a way between the enormous development and energy requirements on the one hand and the necessary reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions on the other. This is further impacted by the current world economic crisis. We need intelligence and innovation to overcome these problems." China will support new domestic and foreign technology through governmental guidelines and the necessary financial means.


Technology from Ammann is headed precisely in this direction. New plant developments are focused on low asphalt mix temperatures and an increased proportion of recycled asphalt. And intelligent compaction systems stand for a more effective performance on the building site. Wan Gang explicitly acknowledged Ammann's progressive technology. "Ammann is like a soldier at the front. You don't talk - you simply do what is necessary to overcome the challenges we face."


Prof. Dr. Wan Gang has been China's Minister for Science and Technology for two years. Having studied experimental mechanics in Shanghai and drive technology at Clausthal Technical University he worked in a leading position in research and development for the German Audi group from 1991 to 2000.