ASPARi hosts the first Equipment Manufacturers Summit in the Netherlands


15 May 2014

The Aspari Founders network consisting of nine of the largest contractors in the Netherlands and researchers of the University of Twente, hosted ten of the most important role players in the asphalt equipment and sensor manufacturing arena at a summit on 15 May 2014. More than 40 delegates gathered in Hardewijk, the Netherlands to discuss several important topics relating to the development of new equipment and technologies for the asphalt industry.

The Aspari Founders network consisting of nine of the largest contractors in the Netherlands and researchers of the University of Twente, hosted ten of the most important role players in the asphalt equipment and sensor manufacturing arena at a summit on 15 May 2014. More than 40 delegates gathered in Hardewijk, the Netherlands to discuss several important topics relating to the development of new equipment and technologies for the asphalt industry.

Rinus Kok, chairperson of the Founders network opened the summit and stressed the importance of collaboration in the future given the pace of technology development for asphalt machines, particularly for pavers and roller compactors. Seirgei Miller, researcher at the University of Twente, delivered a brief presentation on the work being undertaken at the university. This was followed by Berwich Sluer presenting the needs of industry in an address titled “The challenge of a Dutch Contractor” in which he described several challenges facing Dutch contractors including: changes to the contract forms, the challenges of dealing with functional specifications, the need for improved process and quality control and product verification and validation based on registration and documentation.

The contractor perspective provided a good basis for the Equipment Manufacturers to each do a presentation on what they could offer contractors now and in the foreseeable future given the challenges facing contractors. Each manufacturer presented a current suitable product for the asphalt industry, its features, potential benefits for the contractor (and the machine operator) and an outlook for future possibilities. These presentations were followed by group discussions in which contractors and manufacturers discussed the way forward. The summit closed with a plenary discussion in which everyone committed to meeting more regularly to discuss the development of new machinery and new  sensor technologies so that this development closely matches the needs of the asphalt construction sector.

In closing, Rinus Kok and André Dorée thanked everyone for participating in the event, especially the equipment manufacturers who travelled from Austria, Germany, Sweden, the USA and other distant countries. Participating manufacturers included Bomag, Catepillar, Dynapac, Hamm, Leica-Geosystems, MOBA, Thunderbuild, Trimble, TOPCON and Horus.

 Fredrik Åkesson of Dynapac

 


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