The Astec batch plant was an obvious and beneficial choice.
When Aztikintiyol, one of the leading producers of aggregates and hot-mix asphalt in Azerbaijan, decided to expand its operations into the southern regions of the country, where massive infrastructure development at the border with Iran is taking place, it needed a combination of high flexibility in delivering multiple mix recipes with highly reliable equipment, maximum capacity, and top-notch, hot-mix asphalt (HMA) technology.
According to plant and maintenance superviser Mike Schafer, "The Astec TS-5 Batch plant capable of manufacturing up to 413 tons (375 tonnes) 413 tons of HMA per hour was an obvious and a very beneficial choice for us. Having tense competition around represented by Amman, Marini and Credmash, and various other manufacturer's plants already established in the area for many years, we needed the absolute best in performance, quality, and up-to-date technology to take the upper hand in the expanding market. On the top of all that, those advantages came to us at a competitive price. We installed the first of several new plants in the small town of Bilasuvar, strategically located between the capital city of Baku and the Iranian border.
The purchase of the Astec batch plant allowed us to ensure uninterrupted supply of HMA with the ability to produce many different types of mix for customers in the surrounding regions. The plant proved to be very easy to operate with the option of a control system in the local language and a very user-friendly interface. Despite the size of the plant and its stationary nature, the site preparation and set up took only 48 days to complete and start producing HMA; this is due in large part to continuous support in the field from Astec service techs and their training of the personnel on maintenance procedures and operation of the plant. The Astec plant will provide many decades of service to this region because of its reliability, strength of design, and the continuous support from Astec.
Three more Astec batch plants were installed and began production for the 2014 paving season. The company still has more plans in place to purchase and install more of the plants. This is because Astec has proven themselves to be the best in the industry for HMA production, reliability, durability, cost-effectiveness, and the best in customer support."
Gaining an Advantage
With the new plant in place, Aztikintiyol has quickly established its leading position in the local market. Low production cost due to their own sources of aggregates supply and extremely low maintenance costs, combined with the Astec's patented technologies allow them to replace up to 30 percent of the aggregates and bitumen in most of the mix designs. Using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) allowed the company to gain a substantial advantage as compared to the competition. At the same time, high capacity and reliability allowed the company to stand firm and solid in its commitments to the paving contractors when the influx of orders emerged.
During the first four months of production, the plant was able to produce more than 220,462 tons (200,000 tonnes) of HMA, and had asphalt orders for the 2014 season of more than 440,924 tons (400,000 tonnes) of asphalt, which supplied various contractors working in the region, both for federal and smaller-size jobs.
Access to Knowledge
"The goal of our company is to produce more than 1,322,773 tons (1.2 million tonnes) of asphalt in a paving season," says Babek Salmanov, project leader at two portable asphalt plants located in the fast growing areas of Gabala and Savalan. "One of the most important investments for us is the continuous flow of knowledge that we take from Astec, both from visits to our sites and inviting us to seminars and customer schools held in the USA."
Aztikintiyol gained an advantage in a competive market with the 413 TPH (375 MTPH) Astec batch plant capable of using up to 30 percent RAP in the mix.
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