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important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.

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Mixamate Launches Waterproof Concrete Product

  • Oct 10

Mixamate this week announced the launch of its very own Waterproof Concrete product.

The new waterproof offering, named Mixamate Waterblock, allows grains of cement to slide past each other using a lower concentration of water in the concrete mix. This allows the concrete crystals to lock together more closely, removing the porosity from the mix, and creating a stronger form of concrete that is suitably reinforced to lock out water. It is a formula for waterproofed concrete recommended by the UK Concrete Society, providing a completely waterproof mix operating on a ‘Triple Proof’ principal arming the mix against water, vapour, and gas.

Award Winning Additive
The additive mix being used to make the mix is UKAS accredited and won a BCR Product Innovation Award as recently as July 2014. Following rigorous cube testing it has now been added to the Company’s growing portfolio of services, available to order immediately. 

“Waterproof concrete is ideal for basements, underground car parks, and lift pits,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “While all concrete is water resistant to an extent, structures where a particularly high pressure of water is likely to exist are more susceptible, and for peace of mind it helps to know that the concrete is reinforced. Our new waterproof concrete product is not porous but actually blocks out water from entering in the first place. This makes it robust and of course with Mixamate you can always rely on a quality strength of mix.” 

Mixamate operates on a unique mobile weigh-batched technology, making it superior to standard volumetric mixers. Its unique Conqueror Mixing Truck weighs every ingredient that goes into the mix, providing a computerised breakdown of all materials via a printed ticket. This allows one single truck to deliver, mix, and pump materials into a site, providing batching plant standard concrete in the form of a Volumetric service. 

    • Waterproof Concrete

Mixamate Featured in Global Magazine of the Concrete Society

  • Oct 7

Mixamate is this month featured in Concrete Magazine, the Global magazine of the Concrete Society. 

As the industry debate surrounding the regulation of Batched on Site vehicles continues, Mixamate Managing Director and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, Chris Smith, gives his view on the Association's new Industry Charter: 

"The mobile batching plant sector has come together to promote high standards of operation and safety in our area of the industry, laying down a clear marker."

The Batched on Site Association has received wide media attention in recent months, as the self-regulating body acts to bring the industry together to promote high levels of safety and accountability. Earlier this year Chris met with Andy Love, Labour Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton since 1997, to discuss the promotion of sensible regulation and safety in the building industry. 

The new charter, which was originally handed out to BSA Members earlier this year, represents an evolution of the Association's original Code of Practice, which has been maintained and updated since the BSA's formation in 2007. For further information on the Batched on Site Association click here.  

 

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Batched on Site Association Featured in Quarry Management Magazine

  • Sep 16

The Batched on Site Association (BSA), of which Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, is the Chairman, is this month featured in Quarry Management magazine, as the Association launches its first Industry Charter. 

The BSA is the self-regulating body representing the UK's mobile batching plant operators, a sector that contributes approximately £170m to the UK economy. 

The new Charter represents an evolution of the Association's original Code of Practice, which has been maintained and updated since the BSA's formation in 2007. It provides, amongst other things, specific guidelines on the introduction of under-run bars to increase cycle safety. 

For more on this story and to find out more about the BSA in general click here

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Batched on Site Association Announces Industry Charter

  • Aug 20

The Batched on Site Association today announced the launch of its first ever Industry Charter, including a Declaration of Adherence to be signed by all members. 

 
The Batched on Site Association (BSA) is the self-regulating body representing the UK’s Mobile Batching Plant operators, colloquially known as ‘volumetrics’. These vehicles provide a critical service to the UK Construction Sector, delivering on-site materials quickly, and flexibly, often to sites with limited access where other vehicles cannot get in. 
 
With 700+ volumetric trucks now in operation throughout the UK, the sector represents about 200 UK businesses and contributes approximately £170m to the UK economy.  
 
Transport Select Committee
Due to the specialist nature of Mobile Batching Plants, these vehicles operate outside a small number of regulations which apply to HGVs. With the intention to pro-actively increase road safety, the BSA has implemented a number of new obligations on its members. Earlier this year, the Association appeared before Parliament’s Transport Select Committee to discuss its contribution to improving the standards of cycling safety on Britain’s roads.  
 
The new Charter
The new Charter, which was originally handed out to BSA Members in May, represents an evolution of the Association’s original Code of Practice, which has been maintained and updated since the BSA’s formation in 2007. 
 
The Charter clearly sets out the legal status of volumetrics and provides good practice guidance in a number of areas including vehicle maintenance, safe loading, and driver training. It also provides specific guidelines on the introduction of under-run bars to increase cycle safety.
 
The Declaration, which all BSA Members must abide by, confirms that members will, amongst other requirements:

• Undertake regular maintenance safety inspections
• Daily pre-use inspections
• Will not operate vehicles over design weight
• Operatives will be HGV qualified and receive annual refresher training.
 
Chairman’s Comments
Chris Smith, Managing Director of Mixamate and Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, recently met with Andy Love, Labour Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton, to discuss sensible regulation and safety in the building and logistics industries: 
 
“The Mobile Batching Plant sector has come together to promote high standards of operation and safety in our area of the industry,” said Smith. “Our new Industry Charter lays down a clear marker to those operating mobile batching plant vehicles, putting safety and accountability high on the agenda. We will continue working closely with our Members to evolve and improve safety standards within the industry, and the launch of our first official Charter marks a significant step in a move towards clearer guidelines.”
 
About the Batched on Site Association
The BSA was established in 2007 with the objective of representing the interests of operators of Mobile Batching Plants (MBP). 
 
MBP machines come in a variety of specifications but their fundamental distinguishing characteristic is their ability to batch produce products such as screed, foam, ‘trench fill’, concrete, ‘cold tarmac’ and mortar on demand at the point of delivery.  As the products are batched on site the customer receives exactly the amounts they require, meaning zero waste. Multi drop routes can be scheduled, reducing the miles travelled. These characteristics distinguish the MBP from drum-mixer heavy goods vehicles that haul pre-mixed product from the batching plants to points of delivery. 
 
The Batched on Site Association is committed to promoting high industry standards and providing the latest information within the UK Mobile Batching Plant sector. For more information visit www.batchedonsite.org.
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Mixamate Launches Concrete Calculator App

  • Aug 19

Mixamate has launched a brand new Concrete Calculator App. The FREE app is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and facilitates calculations for screed as well as concrete. 

On-site Tool
The app has been developed by as a tool for on-site use both on and offline, so you don't need to be connected to the internet or your phone network for it to work!  This makes it perfect for use in areas of low connectivity, such as when calculating the materials required for a basement job.
 
It also allows users to call Mixamate from directly within the app, immediately placing an order with a member of their dedicated team based on the calculations they have just made. 
 
“Reassurance in your measurements is very important when you’re running around on site overseeing a thousand things at once,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Because of our heritage and brand reputation, our customers trust us on a daily basis to help them with their concrete and screed calculations. We therefore wanted to develop that concept further and give them a real working tool that they could take with them onto a site, supported by the Mixamate name and with a direct line into our dedicated team. The Mixamate branded concrete and screed calculator app does just that.”
 
Exact Proportions 
The Mixamate Conqueror Mixing Truck has evolved beyond volumetric concrete to provide weigh-batched materials with every pour, administered via the machine’s unique on-board computer system. With the launch of its new app Mixamate has extended this accuracy directly into the hands of the people who are ordering it, providing precision and accountability through every step of the mix on site delivery phase. 
 
A beta version of the Concrete Calculator App was launched earlier this year, and has already achieved achieved 6,000+ downloads. We have now tweaked and refined the App to make it even more user-friendly for our customers, so please feel free to download now. 
 
To view the Concrete Calculator App online simply type ‘Mixamate’ into Google Play here.
    • Mixamate Concrete Calculator
    • Concrete Calculator App

Mixamate Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

  • Aug 4

Mixamate was recently featured in Professional Builder Magazine, who were reporting on the launch of our brand new Concrete Calculator App. 

The app has been developed exclusively by Mixamate as a tool for on-site use both on and offline. This allows it to be used in areas of low connectivity, such as when calculating the materials required for a basement job. It also allows users to call Mixamate from directly within the app, immediately placing an order with a member of their dedicated team based on the calculations they have just made.

“Reassurance in your measurements is very important when you’re running around on site overseeing a thousand things at once,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate. “Because of our heritage and brand reputation, our customers trust us on a daily basis to help them with their concrete and screed calculations. We therefore wanted to develop that concept further and give them a real working tool that they could take with them onto a site, supported by the Mixamate name and with a direct line into our dedicated team. The Mixamate branded concrete and screed calculator app does just that.”

You can view the full Professional Builder Magazine article online here

    • Mixamate Concrete Calculator
    • Professional Builder Magazine

Mixamate Introduces New Delivery Mechanism

  • Jul 22

Mixamate – the UKs leading provider of mix on-site concrete and screed – today announced an innovation to its straight-pour delivery method, adding an enclosed auger to its traditional Conqueror Mixing Truck. 

The new 3.5 metre long auger replaces the open conveyer-belt technology that had previously been used, enabling the company to discharge mixed concrete from the mixing pan more quickly and cleanly than in previous incarnations of the truck.
 
Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate, said: “Mixamate is always looking for ways to improve our current servicing and equipment, and the new auger represents a natural evolution of the previous conveyer-belt system. This will allow us to deliver materials more quickly and efficiently from truck to trench for our customers, reducing working time and mess on straight-pour jobs.”
 
Having proved successful in field trials, the new auger is now being rolled out across the entire Mixamate fleet. 
 
In addition to straight-pour, Mixamate can also deliver concrete via barrowing, mini dumper, and concrete pumping services. In 2013 the company launched its unique Concrete Pumping Truck – a single truck that provides the delivery, mixing and pumping of concrete in a single vehicle. 
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    • Auger Shot

Mixamate and Limecrete work on Crossrail Project

  • Jul 16

Last month Mixamate was called in to help on a Crossrail project being carried out by sustainable construction supplier, The Limecrete Company Ltd

The job took place at London Bridge, where the old Victorian railway arches needed reinforcing with a new round of concrete. The specialist job was carried out by Limecrete, as the requirements of the work meant that lime concrete was required, allowing for some movement and being less restrictive than traditional mix. 
 
Limecrete required a local operator that was capable of carrying out work on this scale, and Mixamate delivered 60 cubic metres of concrete to a tight site in the heart of London with limited access.
 
Mixamate’s unique Concrete Pumping Truck rose to the challenge, providing an all in one solution for Limecrete that includes the delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle and without the need to hire a separate pump. 
 
Miles Yallop, Managing Director of the Limecrete Company Ltd., said: “Our Mixer truck is great! For this particular job however we needed something bigger and faster and with Mixamate we got it!”
 
The job was a huge success and you can view further images from the project on the Limecrete Facebook page here
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    • Limecrete Mixamate
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Andy Love MP meets with Mixamate Managing Director Chris Smith

  • Jul 5

Mixamate was on Friday paid a special visit by Andy Love, Labour Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton since 1997. 

The two met to discuss the promotion of sensible regulation and safety in the building industry. High on the agenda was a series of new legislative changes being proposed for the owners and operators of batched on site vehicles. Mixamate Managing Director, Chris smith, is also the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, who's mission is to ensure high standards of self-regulation and operation through the batched on site industry. 

The meeting proved to be a huge success and stay tuned to our blog for information to follow. 

    • Chris and Andy Love MP

Mixamate Lays the Foundations for New Lego Displays at LEGOLAND

  • Jan 23

Mixamate – the UK’s leading provider of mix on site concrete and screed – this week began work on-site at the official LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. 

LEGOLAND is busy preparing new displays for its forthcoming visitor season, and the huge larger than life Lego blocks displays at the park require solid concrete foundations to ensure that they remain safely in place.
 
This specialist job requires direct and often awkward on-site access that only our unique All-in-One Concrete Pumping Truck can provide. There we are laying foundations in the middle of a drained artificial lake, where a brand new Lego attraction will make up the centre-piece. 
 
The job requires 50m+ of mix on site concrete, which is being mainly delivered by the Concrete Pumping Truck’s 80 metre pumping hose. 
 
In addition by sending in a second Mixamate Conqueror vehicle, we are able to deliver up to 24 metres of concrete per delivery from truck to trench, administering two full lorry load’s in a single delivery using just two trucks with two drivers. This removes the need to hire a separate Concrete Pump, or indeed additional labour to barrow the materials into the trench. 
 
For more information on the unique Mixamate All-in-One Concrete Pumping Truck simply click here, and in the meantime we have managed to snap a couple of images of the park for you to have a look at!
 
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