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New roads in preparation for the European Championship
05. April 2012
[Translate to english:] Ammann Polen / Ukraine

To some, football is everything. Strictly speaking, it is more than just a game between two teams of eleven friends kicking a ball around a green field with two goals. The right training and the right technique at the right time are equally important elements of the game. But it takes so much more to make football into the sport that enthusiastic fans find so thrilling. Ammann felt the effects first hand – and mastered them successfully.

 

The European Championships have taken place every four years since 1960. The tournament will be held for the 14th time this year. It is the second time that the games will take place in Eastern Europe; the first was the 1976 tournament in Yugoslavia. It is also the second time that the games will be hosted by two countries. In contrast to the EURO2008, which was held in Austria and Switzerland, the finals in Poland and the Ukraine will not be characterised by short journeys – the distance between stadiums can be as much as 1,600 kilometres.

Ukraine upgrades 3,000 km of highway
A significant proportion of the investments relating to the European Championships flowed not only into the eight stadiums but also into the traffic infrastructure. Airports, train lines and, last but not least, highways had to be brought up to scratch for the event. The Ukrainian government tripled the budget earmarked for road construction. Nearly 3,000 kilometres of existing routes were upgraded to highways or roads of an equivalent quality. Leading the way is a highway section of 600 kilometres; it stretches across the country from Lubny in the west to central Ukraine.
In 2007, Poland’s highway network was 2.5 times smaller than that of Switzerland, despite the fact that Poland is a transit country. However, the government’s goal of completing the highway network expansion project by 2020 has proved to be too ambitious. The network would have had to quadruple in size in just 15 years to grow by 2,000 km. The plans to build an additional 5,300 kilometres of dual carriageways ( Expressways ), which form the spine of Poland’s road traffic system, were equally as ambitious.

“Only” 906 km of new highway
The five-year plan ( 2008–2012 ) for road construction required investments amounting to 33 billion euro. The calculations for both time and financial means fell short of the mark, which is why the initial plans were cut down to size at the beginning of 2011 : accordingly, “only” 906 km of highway and the Expressway stretches already under construction are to be completed by June 2012. According to the plans, certain sections of the A1 ( Danzig–Łódź–Czech border ), A2 ( Germany–Warsaw–Belarus ) and A4 ( Germany–Wroclaw–Krakow–Ukrainian border ) highways will not be completed until after the championships have taken place. This will affect the A4 highway in particular, as it will be used by fans crossing the borders between countries.

200 Ammann mixing plants in Poland
Ammann has maintained a subsidiary in Poland since 1994. The Ukrainian branch was set up in 2008. The Asbut Company has since established itself as Ammann’s most important and very successful partner in the Ukraine.
70 % of all road surfaces in Poland are produced by mixing plants from Ammann. Just under 200 Ammann mixing plants are currently operating in Poland. Poland has a total of 340 operational mixing plants, of which 20 % are older models with outputs of up to 30 t/h. This makes Ammann the absolute market leader for mixing plants in Poland.

Ammann sold more than a dozen large plants with outputs between 240 and 300 t/h alone in connection with construction measures relating to the European Championships. All of the plants share the characteristic trait of quick relocatability. Four of the plants sold in the Ukraine relate directly to the European Championships. Three of them are located where football matches will take place : two JustBlack 120 in Charkov and a Uniglobe 200 in Kiev. A Global 160 is in operation in Lutsk, close to the Border with Poland. Ammann is currently the strongest competitor of the local plant manufacturer, whereby the difference in price is considerable.

Construction sites full of Ammann machines
A remarkable development involving compaction machines from the house of Ammann is currently taking shape. Sales in Poland are increasing year on year. Thousands of Ammann machines are meanwhile entering the market every year. Sales have risen by around 25 % in connection with the preparations for the European Championships. Small wonder, then, that they are to be found on every construction site that has to do with the football tournament. The heavy vibratory plates with three - shaft technology were particularly in demand, as were compactors of the medium weight category ( 200–300 kg ) and the new generation of rammers. The car park extension at Warsaw airport was a particularly spectacular sight. Every machine at work here, from the smallest compactor to vibratory plates to tandem rollers, is made by Ammann.
 
These pictures make the people at Ammann feel a sense of pride. After all, they prove that the right team “on the pitch”, an outstanding crew in the background, the right training and the right technology together can master even the most
difficult games.