Global Road Technology (GRT) India has placed the largest ever, individual order for cold recycling equipment from Wirtgen Germany, through its Indian subsidiary Wirtgen India.

The record-breaking purchase has reinforced the top status held by GRT in the road building sector and confirms GRT’s commitment to helping India resolve its chronic infrastructure problems.

India’s major highways are under huge pressure and in great need of modernisation in order to handle the increased requirements of the growing Indian economy.

The expansion of India’s network and widening of existing roads is becoming increasingly important. Such expansion would enable roads to handle increased traffic levels, while reducing accidents and maintenance requirements, resulting in an increase of the average movement speed on India’s roads.

The low road density, per capita, has created significant congestion and slow speeds on many existing roads. Because of the congestion, the fuel efficiency of the vehicles in India is very low. This increases the overall fuel consumption per equivalent kilometre travelled, resulting in heavy pollution and an economic handicap.

Pollutants from the poor road network and resultant poor fuel efficiencies include hydrocarbons, NOx, SOx, methane, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide – all of which cause health problems, adverse climate effects and related environmental damage.

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Australian headquartered GRT specialises in polymer soil stabilisation for new generation road construction and dust control for haulage roads in the Mining industry. GRT recently entered into a world first, joint promotional MOU to promote and address the ever-increasing need for new technology in road construction in India, at the International Road Federation conference in New Delhi.

The unprecedented order by GRT from German equipment manufacturing giant Wirtgen, included Wirtgen WR240 Road Stabilizers, Streaumaster spreaders and 20-tonne pad foot rollers. “This is a considerable investment by GRT, it brings cutting edge road building technology to India, which will result in significant economic, social and environmental benefits,” said Ben James, CEO of GRT India.

GRT, who specialise in soil stabilisation and new generation road construction, has secured a project to construct roads along the Lucknow Mohana expressway of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (“RAP”). The project will utilise GRT’s propriety polymer technology and the specialised equipment sourced from its partnership with global market leaders Wirtgen.

GRT India has expanded its operations in India through the development of 20,000 sq ft of new factory space and an additional 10,000 sq ft of office space to accommodate its increasing staff numbers. Its propriety polymer products will now be manufactured and distributed pan India from its Pune base. GRT’s in-house design and engineering team will also be housed at the Pune location.

Managing Director & CEO, Mr Ben James commented, “the new ICD facilities are equidistant (approx 12kms) from the town centres of the two main municipalities of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. It is also in close proximity to the upcoming major Industrial regions of Chakan and Ranjangaon. As such, it is an ideal nodal location for to set-up our HQ and distribution hub. We are in good company with global companies like; Mercedes, VW, TATA Motors, Ford, Honda, Renault, Greaves Cotton, Nokia, Thyssen Krupp, Alfa Laval, Hyundai and many others setting up in the Pune region”.

This news signals the beginning of the new generation road builders using cutting edge cold recycling technology and stabilisation techniques to build stronger, longer lasting roads in India. It also signifies the status and reputation of GRT in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies.

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