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Mixamate Featured in Quarry Management Magazine

  • Aug 10

Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, spoke to Quarry Management Magazine this month, about the proposed weight limit that the UK Government is considering imposing on Volumetric machines. 

The proposed changes come as part of wider industry legislation governing the mobile batching plant sector, for which the Batched on Site Association (BSA)  acts as a self-regulatory body working in close communication with Government to maintain the interests of, and promote high standards within, the batched on site sector. 
 
As Chairman of the Batched on Site Association, Chris has been keen to point out the industry impacts that lowering the weight limit of these unique set of vehicles could have, particularly on industry employment and productivity: 
 
“The BSA works in close consultation with the Department for Transport to improve the safety, service and environmental footprint of the sector. However, we have serious concerns about the Government’s current consideration to reduce the operating weight of these machines to 32 tonnes. This would significantly reduce the capabilities to the point of putting the majority of operators out of business, threatening a £210m sector of the UK economy that has grown even in-spite of the recession, and currently accounts for an estimated 3,150 jobs.”
 
Last month Chris met to discuss the issue with local MP, Kate Osamor, who visited the Mixamate offices. The BSA recently wrote to the new Minister for Transport, Andrew Jones, who has responded by setting up a meeting with the organisation in September.
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Mixamate Meets with Kate Osamor

  • Jul 31

Last week Mixamate was visited by the Labour MP for Edmonton, Kate Osamor, who visited members of the Mixamate team out on site and sat down to talk with Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, about proposed Government legislative changes affecting the entire Batched on Site industry.  

In addition to being Managing Director of Mixamate, Chris is also the Chairman of the Batched on Site Association (BSA), which was set up in 2007 to help protect the interests of Volumetric operators and maintain industry standards. The Association recently warned that up to 3,150 jobs could be lost in the UK Construction sector if new Government legislation is introduced. The sector accounts for approximately 10% of the 21.7m m3 wet concrete market in the UK, and is worth an annual £210m to the UK economy.

The BSA recently wrote to the new Minister for Transport, Andrew Jones, who has responded by setting up a meeting with the organisation in September. The Association has voiced its concerns over certain aspects of the proposed changes, and continues to work closely with Government bodies and other Associations to help ensure that the best interests of the entire industry are maintained. 

For more information on the Batched on Site Association click here

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New Government Legislation Could Cut 3,000 Construction Sector Jobs

  • Jul 15

The Batched on Site Association (BSA) today confirmed that up to 3,150 jobs could be lost in the UK Construction sector, if new Government legislation is introduced. The proposed policy change includes the implementation of a maximum 32 tonne operating weight limit to all Volumetric concrete machines, which would significantly impact on Operators’ ability to service the industry at current levels.

A £210m Industry
Volumetric machines are operated across the UK by independent operators and large multinational readymix companies. An industry report published earlier this year by Regeneris Consulting found that the Volumetric sector is worth an annual £210m to the UK economy, and creates an estimated 3,150 jobs through direct employment, supply chain, wage expenditure, etc. The sector accounts for approximately 10% of the 21.7m m3 wet concrete market in the UK.

Changing Technology
During the past 5 years the concrete industry has undergone considerable change, with increasing demand for Volumetrics. Multinational readymix companies are expanding their fleets of Volumetric machines, while 87% of independent Volumetric operators have experienced turnover growth in the past five years, and 93% expect turnover to grow over the next five years.

Mobile Batching Plants (MBPs), or ‘Volumetrics’ as they are colloquially known, spend the majority of their working day stationary on site mixing fresh concrete. This requires sophisticated on-board machinery and specially designed chassis that have previously been taken into account by the Department for Transport’s regulations, allowing MBPs to operate at design weight, which is typically 42 tonnes.

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The Batched on Site Association has serious concerns that a reduction to a 32 tonne weight limit would deeply impact the output of the sector, increasing operating costs, reducing productivity, and ultimately incurring heavy sector losses and job cuts in predominantly small, privately owned UK businesses.

“The Batched on Site Association works in close consultation with the Department for Transport to constantly improve the safety, service, and environmental footprint of the sector,” said Chris Smith, Chairman of the Batched on Site Association.“However, we have serious concerns about the Government’s current consideration to reduce the operating weight of these machines to 32 tonnes. This would significantly reduce capabilities to the point of putting the majority of operators out of business, threatening a £210m sector of the UK economy that has grown even in-spite of the recession, and currently accounts for an estimated 3,150 jobs. We welcome the proposal to improve the safety of the sector by implementing mandatory annual tests and routine inspections, something which the BSA’s members have been voluntarily carrying out.”

The Batched on Site Association launched its own Charter in 2014, aimed at ensuring greater standards within the industry and including initiatives such as recommending voluntary roadworthiness testing and regular maintenance inspections, and implementing significant steps to help improve the safety of vulnerable road users, such as requiring BSA Members to include underrun bars for the protection of cyclists.


Mixamate Serves at Fortnum and Mason

  • Jul 10

Mixamate was this morning on-hand at the historic Fortnum and Mason building in Central London, to serve up 5m3 of Lytag concrete to the traditional department store.

Fortnum & Mason has stood in London since 1707, where it was immediately established as one of the most luxurious department stores in the world. The company now specialises in hampers, tea, coffee, and a selection of sweet treats, and required a special type of concrete this morning to meet the Group’s requirements.

Lytag concrete is a very specialist form of lightweight concrete that is up to 50% lighter than traditional aggregates. In a very tight spot in Central London, Mixamate’s flexible all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck was on hand to deliver the exact quantity of concrete required at short notice and with minimal disturbance to the surrounding area.

Our unique all-in-one concrete pumping truck has been specially designed for the delivery, mixing, and pumping of concrete from a single vehicle, and means you don’t need to hire a separate concrete pump anymore (because it is attached directly to the back of our lorry!) This removes much of the hassle and costs associated with concrete pumping jobs. Importantly also in a tight spot like this, it meant that a second lorry didn’t have to be called into carry the pump, a feat which would have been almost impossible with such limited space.

Rob Gorman, of R J Gorman & Son Ltd., who worked on the project said: “This service is absolutely brilliant. The Driver was faultless, it was fast effortless, and just couldn’t be improved any further.”

For more information on Mixamate’s unique Concrete Pumping Truck click here

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New report shows volumetrics industry worth £210m per year to UK economy

  • Mar 27

The Batched on Site Association (BSA) - of which the Mixamate Managing Director, Chris Smith, is Chairman - has welcomed a new report produced by independent economic consultancy Regeneris Consulting. The report highlights the important role the UK volumetrics industry plays as a driver of jobs and economic growth.

The key findings of the report, based on an in-depth survey of the estimated 200 companies operating volumetrics in the UK, include:

• The UK volumetric industry generates £210m per year in Gross Value Added
• Approximately 3,150 Full Time Equivalent jobs are created by the industry through direct employment, supply chain and wage expenditure
• 87% of volumetric operators have experienced turnover growth in the past five years, and 93% turnover to grow over the next five years.
 
Chris Smith, chair of the Batched on Site Association, said:
 
“We welcome this excellent piece of research which clearly demonstrates the considerable contribution the volumetric industry makes to the UK economy. We have seen an increase in demand from our customers for volumetrics in recent years because they are sophisticated equipment that provides a range of benefits including affordability, flexibility of product and flexibility of delivery. From an environmental perspective they also eliminate excess waste material and create carbon savings by reducing the amount of vehicle trips required to complete a job. It should come as no surprise therefore that it the industry has grown to become such an important part of the British construction industry and UK plc.”
 
The Regeneris report was commissioned by the BSA to inform its formal response to the Department for Transportation’s recent consultations on ‘HGV Periodic Testing and Inspections Exemption’ and ‘Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing Exemptions’, both of which closed on Thursday 5th March. Whilst the BSA welcomes many of the initiatives proposed by the DfT in relation to vehicle licencing and roadworthiness, there are serious concerns over the impact of introducing a mandatory weight limit for volumetrics in line with Heavy Goods Vehicles.
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Smith continued: 

“The BSA and its members do not object to the introduction of mandatory Operator licences and regular roadworthiness testing, provided there is a sensible timetable for transition. We are genuinely committed to enhancing road safety and all BSA members are required to do implement these measures already as part of our code of conduct. However there are serious concerns over the proposal to introduce a mandatory weight limit of 32 tonnes, which would almost half the concrete carrying capacity of volumetrics and impair our ability to meet our customers’ needs.”
 
“In addition to the traffic and environmental impact of putting more vehicles on the road to deliver the same amount of material, a mandatory weight limit would result in a significant increase in the operating costs of the industry to unsustainable levels. This would force many small, independently owned companies out of business, creating hundreds of job losses and seriously damaging the UK construction industry. We have raised these points with the DfT and are hopeful that they rethink this proposal.”
 
A full copy of the Regeneris Consulting report, alongside the BSA’s formal responses to the two DfT consultations, can be found on the BSA website here: www.batchedonsite.org/resources

New Waterproof Concrete Featured in Quarry Management Magazine

  • Jan 20

Mixamate was last month featured in Quarry Management Magazine, the official publication of the Institute of Quarrying. 

The standalone article referred to the launch of our brand new Concrete product for 2015, Mixamate Waterblock, which allows grains of cement to slide past one another using a lower concentration of water in the concrete mix. It is a formula for waterproofed concrete recommended by the UK Concrete Society, providing a completely waterproof mix operating on a 'triple-proof' principal that arms the mix against water, vapour, and gas. 

'Waterproof concrete is ideal for basements, underground car parks, and lift pits,' said Chris Smith, managing director of 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.'

The full article can be found in the December issue of Quarry Management Magazine, and for further information on our new waterproof concrete product, simply click here

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Merry Christmas from Mixamate

  • Dec 16 '14

It's been a busy 2014 for Mixamate, as we have continued to roll out our growing fleet of new Concrete and Screed Pumping Trucks. We've also launched a FREE Concrete Calculator App that lets users calculate the exact quantities of concrete & screed required when they are out on site.

We'll be opening up to and including Wednesday 24th December and then reopening after the Festive Season on Monday 5th January 2015. If you have any questions in advance of office closure then please get in contact with us as soon as possible so we can help you. 

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Mixamate Featured in The Portsmouth News

  • Nov 26 '14

Mixamate has this month been featured in 'The News', the local newspaper for Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. 

In what made for an unusual job and a heartwarming story in the run-up to Christmas, the Company was called out to attend the birthday of Daniel Williams, a 5 year old with a big interest in cement mixer trucks. When looking for a toy truck for Daniel for his 5th Birthday, his Parents and neighbour Sian went one better, and requested the presence of Mixamate on the big day. 

Mixamate certainly delivered, sending not one but two of our lorries to see Daniel and his Sister. Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate, said: 

“It was an unusual request and we obviously needed to check our health & safety regulations very diligently to make sure it would be OK,” said Chris. “But once we had done this and our Drivers, Dave and Paul agreed to go along, we decided we couldn’t let Daniel down on his special day. It was a real privilege to see the Trucks put such a smile on the Child’s face, and never mind Daniel it made us feel good to be able to spread a little happiness in such a way.” 

The story was originally published on the Mixamate website and can be viewed in full here

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Mixamate Featured in Rail Engineer Magazine

  • Nov 20 '14

Mixamate has been featured in this month's issue of Rail Engineer Magazine, in an article examining our revolutionary all-in-one Concrete Pumping Truck. 

The machine has received widespread acclaim throughout the industry press since being launched last year, and is increasingly being used throughout the Rail Sector for what are often logistically difficult rail sites. 

"We already have three of these Concrete Pumping Trucks that batch and pump on the road and a further three in production," said Chris Smith, managing director for Mixamate. "We wanted to create something that would take the headache out of traditional concrete pumping, particularly on those hard to reach sites with limited accessibility."

The full article can also be viewed in the online version of the magazine here

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Mixamate Delivers Birthday Surprise

  • Nov 13 '14

Mixamate last month made an extra special delivery: a birthday surprise for a 5 year old Portsmouth resident. 

Daniel Williams was in-line to receive a model Concrete Mixer Truck for his 5th birthday, when neighbour Sian decided to go one better and order the real thing:
 
“I have a good relationship with my neighbours Ali and Matt. Their son Daniel is obsessed with Concrete Mixer Trucks, and after careful consideration with Ali it was decided that I should buy him a toy mixer for his birthday. I have encountered Mixamate before and always found their service to be reliable and friendly, so I decided to give them a call.”
 
“We were delighted to see Mixamate turn up in our street with not one but two full size bright yellow Lorries, providing an unexpected and very exciting treat for Daniel’s birthday. He and his three year old Sister, Heidi, were treated to a wonderful day exploring the trucks, sitting in the cab, and receiving all manner of goodies in the form of hats, t-shirts, and literature. Daniel was flabbergasted when he first saw the trucks right there on his doorstep and began jumping up and down – it was a memorable day for children and adults alike!”
 
Chris Smith, Managing Director for Mixamate, said the company was more than happy to be involved:
 
“It was an unusual request and we obviously needed to check our health & safety regulations very diligently to make sure it would be OK,” said Chris. “But once we had done this and our Drivers, Dave and Paul agreed to go along, we decided we couldn’t let Daniel down on his special day. It was a real privilege to see the Trucks put such a smile on the Child’s face, and never mind Daniel it made us feel good to be able to spread a little happiness in such a way.” 
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