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A double dose of Ammann plants
21. November 2011

Two big Ammann asphalt mixing plants owned by two different companies are operating side by side in Gilching near Munich. In 2009, Asphaltmischanlage Gilching GmbH & Co. KG replaced its old Wibau plant with a modern Ammann Universal. Just over a year later, construction firm Richard Schulz Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG installed a new plant directly adjacent – also an Ammann Universal. The plants are located on sites in an area where the Gilching authorities decided to concentrate the district’s quarrying, backfilling and asphalt production activities.

 

Competitive yet complementary
According to Gottfried Jais, managing director of Asphaltmischanlage & Co. KG, day-to-day interaction between the two competitors is absolutely unproblematic: “We produce exclusively for outside companies, for small-volume customers who pick up their orders themselves, and for major road builders – and for Schulz, too, for example in emergencies or to help cover demand peaks.” Christian Wilhelm, managing director of Richard Schulz Tiefbau, adds: “We are glad to have this location, especially for its logistical benefits. Our plant here provides supply security, above all for our own construction projects.” So each company “does its own thing”, so to speak. The competitive element is to be found in the fact that some of Gilching’s customers may be competing with Richard Schulz Tiefbau for road construction projects. “The decision as to who ultimately gets the mixing contract is primarily determined by the allocation of the individual construction sites,” explains Gottfried Jais.