Unsafe work practices putting Tradies lives at risk

Unsafe work practices on construction sites are becoming a real worry for tradies.

AUSSIE tradespeople are lifting the lid on a number of dodgy practices within the industry which could be putting lives at risk.

LAST month, news.com.au reported on an alarming spike in young, fit tradespeople being struck down by a deadly disease right across the country.

A recent increase in cases of silicosis — a progressive, incurable condition so dangerous it has been dubbed “the new asbestos” — has even sparked calls for a national ban on dry cutting techniques in workshops.

Makinex takes safety very seriously and especially dust suppression – see our Hose 2 Go product here 

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Makinex launches new office in the UK

Makinex launches a new office in the UK

Award Winning Makinex Construction Products launches in the UK

Makinex Construction Products launches in the UK this January and will showcase its range at the Executive Hire Show on 7th and 8th February, Coventry.

Makinex Construction products was established in Australia  in 2004 focusing on designing robust light construction equipment for the Hire industry. Over the past decade its business model has been to take these products throughout the world, including USA and Europe. Today, the company is pleased to announce the opening of its UK offices and will appoint Russell Boswell-Munday as UK Sales Manager.

Paul Weaver – Makinex Managing Director said:

Entering new markets around the world can be a minefield. Two years ago, we partnered with Morris Site Machinery (MSM) in the United Kingdom on this journey as we held similar values designing innovative equipment offering our customers a better, more efficient way to do their job.

Morris Site Machinery has represented the Makinex range in a highly professional way during this time- something we are very grateful for. They have set the foundations for the brand in the UK and we now feel the time is right for Makinex to go it alone.

Makinex has big ambitions, and as part of its Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) it aims s to have 20 products in twenty countries within the next ten years. The company currently has offices in Australia and, North America, along with distribution partners in 12 other countries.

With 20 plus years and now in his role as UK Sales Manager, Russell Boswell-Munday will be instrumental to helping the Australian company grow even further and achieve its goal of becoming the most innovative equipment supplier.

Makinex Construction Products has won many awards around the world for innovation including the Executive Hire Show Innovation Trail Award back in 2016 for its Powered Hand Truck, as well as a Good Design Award in Australia and the RER Innovation Award in USA 2016.

View the UK website here 

Makinex are finalists in Optus My Business Award

Makinex Construction Products has been shortlisted for the prestigious Optus My Business Awards.

 

Makinex Construction Products has been shortlisted as a finalist to win the awards in the Innovator of the year category at the 2017 Optus My Business Awards, the premier event of the year for SMEs.

 

Founded in 2004, Makinex offers a range of products to the global construction industry. The award they’ve been nominated for recognises their innovative range of products which provide solutions to not only the construction but also landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure, materials handling and other related industries.

 

The Optus My Business Awards, which covers 28 categories, acknowledges best practice within a particular industry sector, as well as individual business leaders, excellence in customer service and achievements in innovation, corporate social responsibility and workplace culture.

Winners from all categories will be automatically shortlisted for the highly coveted Business of the Year Award.

Adam Zuchetti, editor of My Business, said Australian SMEs are at the leading edge of innovation and customer service excellence, as represented by this year’s Optus My Business Awards finalists.

“My Business is extremely proud to showcase those companies and their leaders that are thriving by pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo across a diverse spectrum of industries,” Mr Zuchetti said.

“Determining this year’s finalists was no easy feat, with our selection panel working through an outstanding calibre of entries and the highest submission rate for the awards to date.

“On behalf of the My Business team, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and wish them the best of luck for the big night”

Rory Kennard, CEO at Makinex said he was humbled by the nomination.

 

“Makinex’s recognition for its excellent contribution to the global construction industry reinforces the strength of the brand in connecting with the community and engaging with its customers,” he added.

 

The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Friday, 10 November at The Westin Sydney. Wish us luck!

Most Innovative Product Awards

A few weeks ago Makinex exhibited at The World Of Concrete in Las Vegas.

We have just found out that Makinex won the Most Innovative Products Award for

Concrete Construction Equipment 

Industry Choice: Makinex Construction Products, Hose2Go

 General Construction Tools & Equipment

Industry Choice: Makinex Construction Products, Powered Hand Truck

Presented annually in conjunction with the World of Concrete, the MIP Award program showcases many products exhibited at the show. The MIP award program allows World of Concrete attendees and audiences of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER an opportunity to vote for the products they judge as most innovative.

Winners are also selected by a panel of industry experts, many of whom serve on the World of Concrete Educational Advisory Board, as well as by the editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER. Winning products are chosen based on the innovation they bring to the industry.

Interview at World of Concrete – Makinex Hose 2 Go

Last week the Makinex team exhibited at The World Of Concrete event in Las Vegas.

We were exhibiting a number of products including

Hose 2 Go, Powered Hand Truck,Generator Range, Dual Pressure Washer, Jackhammer Trolley and Mixing Station.

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Rory Kennard – Makinex CEO had the pleasure of being interviewed by For Construction Pros – where he talks about the Hose 2 Go and how it is an idea product for the concrete industry supplying a constant flow of water that allows you to suppress dust when cutting, core drilling and grinding concrete.

The Hose 2 Go is a constant pressure water supply unit.

It is so simple:

  • No pump which mean greater reliability
  • No complicated electronics to breakdown
  • No battery to go flat and expensive replacements
  • No need to manually pump to get the water pressure you need.

If you would like a demo or to request a quote – just get in touch

Award winning product on 3 continents

 

 The Makinex Powered Hand Truck gets GOLD at the RER Annual Innovative Product Award.It has been a year of recognition for the PHT-140. It started with the UK based Executive Hire Show, Innovation Trail Award early in 2016, and continued to win the most innovative product at the Australian Hire Show, and the Good Design Award in May 2016.

It has become a hit with most of the leading national rental companies in North America and Australia, and is getting known among smaller, independent rental companies as well.

As occurs every year in the USA, a panel of a dozen rental industry judges review a bunch of products for RER’s annual Innovative Product Award. This year more than 40 products were entered and narrowing it down to three finalists was no easy task for our judges.

Makinex grows and so does their team of experts.

Makinex Construction Products continues to grow, launching new products, into new industries and territories with new experienced team members.

They are happy to introduce a new National Sales Manager – Stuart Reynolds.

Stuart has a plethora of industry knowledge and contacts with 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has sold and been associated with brands such as Master Finish, Chapin, Marshalltown, Bartell and Easymix.

 

He brings with him strong experience in change management which will support Makinex in its current growth period and will be looking at growing their dealership network and relationships.

 

Stuart says that he hopes to build business growth and the Makinex brand profile across a greater breadth of the market, utilising his skills, experience and knowledge to better service and support the Australian Market, with products that provide consistent performance benefits.

 

As Stuart moves into this role, we also congratulate Paul Weaver on moving to Group General Manager. Paul will be looking at more strategic elements of the business, leading them to bigger and better things, allowing Rory Kennard to take a more design led route within the company, ensuring Makinex continue to design and manufacture innovative products that make inefficiencies extinct.

 

Rory Kennard – CEO says about the growth of the Makinex Team.

“We are proud to be able to welcome experts within the industry into our team. We pride ourselves on producing and selling excellent products, and we want to ensure the service and experience we give to our customers is second to none. Having a dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable workforce means we can continue to grow and design truly unique and innovative products globally.

Meet Baxter – The strongest 8 year old in the world

We have been sent this great video from our US office, showing the amazing Baxter an 8 year showing how easy using the Powered Hand Truck is.

He picks up a 175lb generator easily and safely, whilst rocking his Makinex shirt.

Go Baxter !!!

 

Makinex win Good Design Award

Safe Work Australia recognises Makinex Construction Products with award for good design

Last Friday evening makinex were the proud winners of the inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design.

Makinex Construction Products submitted their powered hand truck into the annual Good Design Awards, which promote the very best in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level.

“Makinex Construction Products was found to excel in their approach to safe work design and was judged as best design across all categories for safety in construction, use and maintenance, safety innovation, sustainability and health and safety impact,” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter.

“A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefits the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.”

The Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex Construction Products were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016.

For more information about the winning entry, see the Good Design Awards website.

 

We should have brought one a long time ago

Makinex stands for Making Inefficiencies Extinct, it is our core aim with all our products. Working with businesses who want something better, more efficient, time saving or will protect their workforce’s health and safety.

 

The Cormidi and Canycom Range of Dumpers are a great example of how purchasing the right machine for your company or a specific job can save you time and money.

 

Makinex recently worked with Urban Escape  http://www.urbanescape.com.au a Sydney based landscape and pool construction company, who has been in business for 20years. They purchased a Canycom ride on Swivel Bucket Tracked Dumper.

 

Previously they had been using similar machines, many of their jobs had difficult access and needed excessive labour to install materials or remove excavation materials.

 

They had always put off purchasing a dumper due to budget, but Nick McCarthy from Urban Escapes said “We should have purchased a dumper long ago, when we worked out how much we’ve spent over the years on hiring – we could have purchased several for the same amount”

 

Purchasing any machine is a large investment for many businesses and Urban Escape did some research before jumping in, Nick had used competitors machines in the past but after a recommendation from a friend who had bought a Cormidi from Makinex and once Nick saw the extra features the Canycom had such as swivel whilst tipping he could see the benefits to his business. He needed a safe machine with large capacity and a tipping mode. The Caycom filled all these criteria and more.

 

During research Nick found out that on other dumpers the operators needed to get off the machine and move pins which was unsafe when dumping into the rear of a truck or stockpile. The Swivel and dump action of the Canycom is more efficient and a lot safer.

 

They can now backfill large areas quickly and move excavation materials from stockpiles in tight access jobs whilst offering their customers a more competitive quote and ability  to bring a project in on time and budget.

 

Nick McCarthy from Urban Escapes says “We found the Canycom to be ideally suited to our needs as a residential landscaper and swimming pool builder. We excavate many of our pools with tight access. The Canycom compliments the rest of our small access fleet and gives us the ability to carry out the pool construction including the excavation. Working with Makinex was easy”

 

 

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