Hamelin. Germany. Our special correspondent Alexei Nevsky. Here, at the VOLVO ABG plant, situated 70 km from Hannover, on the 13th of June, Russian journalists familiarized themselves with new technologies of the road machinery production under this well-known brand.
The plant’s product-manager, Andreas Wagner, acted as a guide for the media representatives.
In particular, he described the way the asphalt and soil compactors are assembled, as well as wheeled and track-type asphalt pavers.
The matter is that practically the whole amount of the company’s machinery operating at the road construction is manufactured and repaired at this plant.
Mr Wagner shared with the reporters the company’s plans to concentrate here all European production of VOLVO road machinery by means of transferal of manufacturing sites from the other regions.
For this purpose, the construction and commissioning of new shop floors will have been completed at the enterprise by 2017.
Speaking about the Russian market, Andreas Wagner regretted that over the course of the past 2 years the sales of VOLVO machinery in Russia has decreased by 70%, however the company hopes to recover the volumes and is enthusiastic in the Russian market.
On the 14th of June, the representatives of the industrial media via Copenhagen headed to Sweden, where in the town of Vaxjo an official meeting was held, devoted to the 50th anniversary of the first release of an articulated hauler with a carrying capacity of 10 tons.
At dinner a vice president of the articulated haulers’ business platform, Esbjörn Fritzell, greeted the company’s guests from the European countries.
The Russian dealer of the company was represented by a marketing manager, Viktoria Fomina, the sales department engineer, Alexander Bedov, and a technical manager of the sales department, Dmitry Klimkin.
As a reference:
The road machinery plant in Hamelin has been operating since 1945. At present, 540 people are employed at the enterprise. An average salary is 2500 – 3000 euro. The plant specializes in assembly of road machinery for road construction and needs of the utilities and housing sector.
A modern equipment is installed at the enterprise, which has also its own training center. Average time of a vehicle assembly is 5 – 6 working days. The delivery period varies from 4 to 6 weeks.
Interesting historic detail.
Until 1945, a plant for German tanks assembly was located on this place. An article with more details on the plant in Hamelin will be available in the near future.