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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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Merry Christmas from Mixamate

  • Dec 16

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

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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    • The Portsmouth News

Mixamate Featured in Rail Engineer Magazine

  • Nov 20

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

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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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. 

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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.
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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

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