Placing value on Africa

Lintec & Linnhoff will be exhibiting at the upcoming Big 5 Construct South Africa in June. Tony Chakra, Regional Sales Manager, Middle East and Africa, tells Quarrying Africa that the company’s presence at what is dubbed the ‘largest construction exhibition in South Africa’ is testimony to the significance it places on the African market. By Munesu Shoko.
A Lintec UCP90 Concrete Batching Plant supplied to a Mali-based contractor.

The African continent is a key region for Lintec & Linnhoff, a global leader in asphalt mixing and concrete batching plants, representing one of the company’s largest markets. Highlighting the growth prospects in Africa, Chakra refers to Mordor Intelligence’s report, which notes that the African Construction Market size is valued at US$58,42-billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD74,81-billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5,07%.

With that in mind, he says, Lintec & Linnhoff remains firmly committed to the region and will continue to listen and respond to the needs of its customers by providing industry-leading solutions that offer exceptional solutions for infrastructure projects in African countries.

Lintec & Linnhoff asphalt mixing and concrete batching plants are already hard at work in several countries in Africa, thanks to the company’s reputation as a global leader in the manufacturing of construction equipment solutions, as well as pre- and after-sales customer service.

The company’s presence at Big 5 Construct South Africa, which will take place from 4-6 June 2024 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, is testament to the importance it places on the African market, says Chakra.

“The exhibition plays a key role in allowing us to strengthen our connection with our customers in their home markets. Our customer relationships are built on quality, trust and service, with the exhibition serving as a platform to engage in conversations that help us understand our customers’ needs and help them to improve their operations,” he says.

In recent years, Lintec & Linnhoff has expanded its business in multiple markets in Africa. To date, the company is well-represented across the continent through distribution partners in countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Chakra shares that there are also plans to further expand the distributor network this year.

A Lintec CSD2500B containerised asphalt-mixing plant produced hot mix asphalt for surfacing work on a 14,2-km highway construction project in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Big installed base

Lintec & Linnhoff’s asphalt mixing and concrete batching plants have to date completed many major construction projects across Africa. A case in point is in Gabon, where the Lintec CDP12001M continuous asphalt-mixing plant supported the construction of a municipal project producing 100-120 tonnes (t) of hot mix asphalt per hour. In Côte d’Ivoire, a Lintec CSD2500B containerised asphalt-mixing plant produced hot mix asphalt for surfacing work on a 14,2-km highway construction project in Abidjan.

In Madagascar, a Lintec UCP60 concrete batching plant has been used by a Japanese contractor for the redevelopment of the Toamasina Port project. In Mali, a Lintec UCP90 supplied high-quality concrete to local contractors to support the nationwide push to increase public housing construction.

Further examples include Egypt, where a Lintec CSD2500B containerised asphalt-mixing plant completed its first job on an important municipal highway contract in Aswan; and Cameroon, where a Lintec CSM4000 containerised asphalt-mixing plant was commissioned to build the country’s first expressway.

Other flagship projects were executed in Ghana, where a Linnhoff TSD1500 MobileMix asphalt-mixing plant achieved remarkable progress on a high-profile road project; as well as in Ethiopia, where the Linnhoff TSD 1500 MobileMix asphalt plant worked on Ethiopian roads and highways.

A Lintec CSD2500B containerised asphalt-mixing plant completed its first job on an important municipal highway contract in Aswan, Egypt.

What to expect

At this year’s Big 5 Construct South Africa, Lintec & Linnhoff will be promoting its popular range of TSD, CDP, CSD and NVX models.

The Linnhoff TSD MobileMix asphalt-mixing plant is ideal for short-term projects when time is of the essence. Featuring the company’s trademark double-screen drum technology, the Linnhoff TSD range reduces overall operating costs and fuel consumption by eliminating the need for hot elevators and vibrating screens. They are also designed with four fully integrated basic mobile modules, with a built-in chassis for easy mobility.

“The Lintec CDP series of continuous asphalt-mixing plants ranges from 30-160 tph. They can be assembled on a suitable and solid compacted ground, without the need for concrete foundations. They are conceptualised for easy and quick set-up and dismantling, making them suitable for short-term projects or mobilisation from one project to another,” says Chakra.

With a capacity that ranges from 80 tph to 240 tph, and batch sizes from 1 350 kg to 3 000 kg, Lintec’s CSD asphalt-mixing plants offer superior and unique energy-saving technology that brings cutting-edge sustainability, low total cost of ownership and reduced energy consumption. In addition, all plants are pre-assembled with quality that is guaranteed from rigorous test cycles, ensuring fast and smooth setup, low shipping costs and efficient transportation.

In addition, the Lintec CSD containerised asphalt-mixing plants are built in ISO-certified sea containers and are the first of their kind in the industry. The Lintec CSD asphalt-mixing plants feature a modular construction that allows for easy transportation and convenient installation, representing the ideal choice for both small and big project requirements.

The Linnhoff NVX NovaMax asphalt-mixing plants are designed for the most efficient asphalt-mixing operation with hot elevator and vibrating screens. Its modules are configured for quick installation and a compact footprint, making it an economical asphalt-mixing plant suitable for any paving project.

Market drivers

Commenting on market drivers, Chakra says, judging by the feedback from customers, African markets require mobility, thus small- to medium-sized asphalt and concrete batching plants are best suited for infrastructure projects across the continent.

“The market is also price-sensitive, so we need to ensure that we remain competitive, while also demonstrating the value that our cutting-edge plants bring to the industry. Lintec & Linnhoff is backed by 100 years of collective German expertise, and our brands provide powerful and innovative solutions that meet industry standards for environmental impact, recyclability and reusability for thousands of prestigious infrastructure projects worldwide,” concludes Chakra.

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