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important work we are doing in spearheading the UK's Batched on Site Association.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mixamate last month made an extra special delivery: a birthday surprise for a 5 year old Portsmouth resident.