bauma Innovation Award 2013: Aker Wirth through to the final round
Feb 21, 2013
Tunneling and gallery techniques » Jacking by machine » Tunnel boring machine
The latest development from Aker Wirth, the Mobile Tunnel Miner (MTM) for underground tunneling and mining, has been nominated for this year’s bauma Innovation Award. A jury of experts picked the MTM as one of the three best contributions from among 156 entries in the “Machinery” category.
The nomination was announced officially at the bauma Media Dialogue event, which was held in Munich, Germany end of January. The winners will be announced officially and handed their awards in Munich on 14 April 2013.
The innovative Mobile Tunnel Miner combines the flexibility of a roadheader with the robustness of a tunnel boring machine. The knowledge gained from a previous version developed and tested already by Aker Wirth is also exploited. “The nomination is a welcome confirmation of our performance and innovation strength. Our MTM sets a revolutionary new benchmark in underground mining, particularly with regard to safety and efficiency,” said Aker Wirth CEO Einar Brønlund.
The bauma Innovation Award
At the internationally-renowned Innovation Award event, pioneering innovations in construction machinery, building material machinery and mining machinery, as well as construction work/processes, are recognised by the VDMA (Association of German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers), bauma and the Spitzenverbänden der Deutschen Bauwirtschaft (Central Associations of the German Construction Industry). Prizes are awarded every three years at the bauma international trade fair, the world's leading exhibition for construction machinery, building material machinery, mining machinery, construction vehicles and construction equipment. It will be held in Munich, Germany from 15 to 21 April 2013. Prizes will be awarded in five categories (“Machinery”, “Machinery component”, “Construction process/Construction work”, “Research” and “Design”), for each of which three innovations have been selected for the final round. They were presented to the international specialist journals at the bauma Media Dialogue event with short films and in discussion with representatives from the companies.
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