This section of the Mixamate website contains the latest mix on site concrete and screed industry news, as well as our own expert analysis and
opinion on upcoming developments as they happen. Here you will also find stories relating to recent jobs, wider construction stories, and the
important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.
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Our unique wheelbarrows, which were introduced for sale to Mixamate customers last month, have proved to be an extremely popular purchase for many in the trade.
Mixamate this month features in Rail Technology Magazine, the UK Rail industry’s leading independent technical trade journal publication. The half page feature highlights Mixamate’s revolutionary new Concrete Pumping Truck, which since its launch at the start of the year has already received widespread acclaim throughout the industry.
One of the things that makes the Mixamate service so important to our customers is the flexibility that our unique Mixamate Conqueror Mixing Truck provides. This is particularly effective for screed and concreting in London, where site access is limited and materials need to be delivered quickly and efficiently, often directly from busy London roads.
The all new Mixamate Concrete Pumping Truck was this weekend called into perform repair work at Gatwick Airport.
Mixamate’s pioneering new Concrete Pumping Truck, which was officially launched at the start of this year, has already received a raft of coverage in the construction industry press.
London, Tuesday 18th December 2012: Mixamate – the UKs leading provider of mix-on-site concrete and screed – today unveiled a new unit that allows for the delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle. The innovative machinery has been trialled by key Mixamate account customers throughout November and December 2012, and as of today will be fully operational in and around the London area.
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Brand New Type of Unit
The fully road-worthy vehicle was designed and manufactured by Mixamate in the UK using a combination of technologies drawn from the US, UK, and Denmark. At just 12 metres long, it can easily navigate site and residential road access, and is capable of administering up to 12 cubic metres of concrete per delivery. Complete with an on-board 50 metre delivery hose, the unit can pump at a rate of up to 6-8 metres per hour.
“We are very pleased to have developed and manufactured this innovative new type of machine here in the UK using a range of International technologies,” said Chris Smith, managing director for Mixamate. “We have integrated robust concrete pumping machinery directly with a mix-on-site vehicle to create a brand new type of machine in the Batched on Site industry. The Concrete Pumping Truck provides an all-in-one service for the on-site delivery, mixing and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle, which eliminates the need for a separate pump to be delivered, reducing costs, hassle, and CO2 emissions.”
No Need to Hire a Separate Concrete Pump
The innovative ‘Concrete Pumping Truck’ has been specifically designed to administer concrete directly from mixing pan to trench. This removes the need to hire a separate pump for construction jobs requiring concrete pumping, significantly reducing transport, labour and waiting costs, while reducing the number of vehicles on the road. It also removes the hassle that has traditionally been associated with hiring a separate pump, removing the need for ordering, storage, and cleaning.
Batching Plant Standard Concrete
The unit also draws upon Mixamate’s pioneering Conqueror Mixing technology, to deliver Batching Plant quality concrete from a mix-on-site service. Each ingredient that goes into the mix is metrically weighed and monitored by the machine’s on-board computer, providing a print-out documenting the exact quantities of the mix. This provides a significantly more accurate mix than Volumetric Concrete Trucks are able to achieve, ensuring a high standard of concrete, whatever strength is required.
About The Concrete Pumping Truck
The brand new Concrete Pumping Truck was designed and manufactured by Mixamate, the UKs leading provider of mix-on-site concrete and screed. For more information on Mixamate and the Concrete Pumping Truck, simply visit http://www.mixamate.co.uk/concrete-pumping-truck.
London, Wednesday 5th October 2012: The Batched on Site Association (BSA) – the UK Association for Mobile Batching Plant Operators – today announced the appointment of a new Chairman, with a new Agenda to take the organisation into 2013. Chris Smith, managing director of Mixamate – the UK’s leading provider of mix-on-site concrete and screed – will take the reins with immediate effect, having succeeded Tom Baker of Eastern Concrete.
The Batched on Site Association
The BSA was launched in 2007 to represent the interests of companies operating Mobile Batching Plants (MBPs). MBP machines come in a variety of specifications but their fundamental distinguishing characteristic is their ability to batch produce products such as concrete, screed, foam, ‘trench fill’, ‘cold tarmac’ and mortar on demand at the point of delivery. The UK batched on site sector is now estimated to be worth £150 million per annum (10% of the total UK Ready Mix market) according to BDS Marketing, with an estimated 500+ vehicles in operation. Since its creation in 2007 the Batched on Site Association has grown to represent 40+ operators.
Chris Smith brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the Batched on Site sector and a history of technical innovation with Mixmate. The company’s Conqueror Vehicle is one of the most sophisticated machines in the marketplace, delivering weighed materials on site courtesy of the machine’s on-board computer system. The company earlier this year also launched a pioneering new Screed Pumping Truck – a machine which allows for the delivery, mixing, and pumping of screed from a single vehicle. With his experience and technical insight, the Mixamate MD provides a leading industry figure to spearhead the future growth of the organisation and the sector:
“I am extremely proud to have been chosen as the new Batched on Site Association Chairman,” said Smith. “This is a challenging time not only for Mobile Batching Plant Operators but also for the industry as a whole, and as niche operators we face particular regulatory challenges that need to be addressed. I hope over the next year to bottom this out, make a drive to increase membership, and broaden the Organisation’s Agenda to take on other issues that affect us.”
The new Chairman also brings with him good relations with the Construction Plant Hire Association (CPA) and the British Aggregates Association (BAA), which he hopes to strengthen even further on behalf of the BSA:
“The industry is stronger united, and in working together we are able to ensure greater standards for our members and their customers. The Batched on Site sector is the fastest growing sector in the Concrete Industry, and I am delighted to take the helm of the Association in such exciting times.”
About the Batched on Site Association
The BSA was launched in 2007 to represent the interests of companies operating Mobile Batching Plants (MBPs). With a National membership of 40+ operators including companies such as Mixamate, Eastern Concrete, Master Concrete, Armcon Ltd., Easy Mix Ltd, and Green Circle Concrete Ltd. (Scotland) the Association is committed to promoting high industry standards, legislative and legal member support, and providing the latest information within the UK Mobile Batching Plant sector. For more information please visit www.batchedonsite.org.
Mixamate – the UK’s leading supplier of mix on site concrete and screed – was last month honoured with a prestigious European Digital Impact Award, in recognition of our excellent Online Customer Service approach.
Over the past two years, we have taken steps to raise our visibility online, knowing full well that more and more of our customers are no longer picking up the print copies of the Yellow Pages and Thompson Local. It’s not just a shift from print directories to the Internet - people are out on site these days with their smartphones in their hands, looking for materials immediately while they are out there. This service allows us to provide what they need quickly and efficiently and hopefully reassures people that they can always get hold of our contact details, wherever they are working on a job.
“We are very proud to have won this Award especially having faced competition from – amongst others – Supermarket giant, Asda,” said Chris Smith, Managing Director of Mixamate. “The way people search for our products and services is changing. Having a website full of demonstration videos allow us to demonstrate exactly what you’re getting before we’ve even turned up on site. Also, because a lot of customers our now searching for us on their mobile phones while out on site, our mobile-optimised website helps them to find what they are looking for, and get it ordered and delivered quickly and easily.”
The official title of the Award is ‘Best SEO for Corporate Communications’ and was won in conjunction with our PR Agency, inPress Online, who help us out with a lot of these communications.
By placing our website at the heart of all of our communications, we are able to include a great deal of images, videos, and testimonials, that explain what we do in detail and help you to work out exactly what you need.
One thing we are very aware of here at Mixamate, is that the customer service we provide begins with the moment you make that first call and speak to a member of the team in the office, and ends with the way our driver helps you out on site. For that reason we have also resisted the temptation to automate the ordering process, so once you have found us online and given us a call you can expect to immediately reach a dedicated member of the team.
Needless to say we are delighted to have received this accolade and it is a reflection of all of the hard work that has been put in by each and every member of the Mixamate team in recent years.
Mixamate recently helped Tighe Formwork complete work on a new concrete stairway.
The Berkshire based specialist in all aspects of formwork, groundwork and steel fixing concrete columns have over 20 years of experience and are involved in jobs from a few hundred pounds ranging right up to multi-million pound projects.
They recently called upon Mixamate to help them complete work on a stairway for St Elpheges School in Wallingdon, South London, which required 4.5 cubic metres of concrete.
Luckily our unique Conqueror Truck was up to the task and we have included images showing the completed job. So impressed was Mike Tighe of Tighe Formwork that he had this to say about the service:
“Mixmate has always provided us with outstanding service with good time keeping, friendly staff and good rates and I will always use their business in the future.”
Because all of our batches are computer operated, we were able to provide the exact quantities and quality of mix that the job required, so with Mixamate you only pay for what you take no more no less and there is no wastage involved!
Tighe Formwork are a highly reliable concrete specialist company that offer fast quotes and a quality service. Their extended services stretch to basements, retaining walls, concrete waterproofing, steel fixing and beyond. You can learn more about Tighe Formwork here and for further information on Mixamate’s unique Conqueror mixing trucks please feel free to get in contact with us directly on 0800 0856969.
Mixamate has been nominated for a prestigious Communicate Magazine 2012 Digital Impact Award, ahead of a special ceremony which will take place in Central London in October.
The Award nomination has been received in collaboration with our PR Agency, inPress Online, for whom this award comes as a particularly special accolade having been launched by our very own in-house Marketing Manager, Jamie Gavin, just 18 months ago.
The Award we have been put forward for is ‘Best Use of SEO for Corporate Communications’ which basically refers to the online system we have created to better help our customers find our products and services online.
In days gone by, the Yellow Pages was very much the go-to place for local products and services, but of course with people moving online this emphasis is now switching increasingly to Google. Additionally, because we are often working on a very fast turnaround and being contacted by guys out on site who need to access materials without hassle, it is vital that they are able to find what they need easily on their phones and iPads.
In addition to digital excellence we remain committed to our customer service levels across the board, and every single order is still taken in person over the telephone by one of our dedicated sales team – nothing is automated. They remain on hand to answer your questions and provide free advice and information where necessary and of course when dealing with real-life jobs on-site where anything and everything can and usually happen on a daily basis, this human approach is also vital.
It is hugely pleasing to have received this nomination and hopefully our commitment to our levels of customer service is reflected not only during the ordering process but also out on site when actually delivering, mixing and administering materials.
Mixamate together with inPress Online have been nominated in the category of Best Use of SEO for Corporate Communications alongside Asda (Razorfish) and Kuoni (LBi) and the Awards Ceremony will take place in London in October. For more information you can visit the Communicate Magazine Digital Impact Awards page at: http://digitalimpactawards.com/.