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The Concrete Times - November 2015

The CONCRETE Times • November 15 truck mixer feature The Best of British – this Cheshire Based Manufacturer Leads Volumetric Mixer Market Introducing a New Series: Focus on Manufacturing, Where The Concrete Times Lifts The Lid on Some OF THE Big Manufacturing Names in the Industry. 8 It’s not that common nowadays for a British manufacturer to maintain a very strong market position, so it was with great interest that The Concrete Times visited Armcon recently to learn more about their Volumetric Truck Mixer production facilities, as part of the Truck Mixer feature in this month’s issue. Armcon has been in business over thirty years and is privately owned, its origins in concrete began in precast concrete equipment and concrete systems, particularly high end structural precast and over time developed from supplying precast equipment to developing machines to make concrete. In the mid ‘90’s the first volumetric mixers started to appear in in the UK, around the time Armcon started to specialise in the production of Volumetric Mixer Trucks. “Whilst precast still represents an important part of our business, Volumetric Mixers are now our core business” explains David Lukey, Sales & Marketing Director of Armcon, “although we also continue to fabricate static batching plants”, he adds . There are, of course, requirements for both types of truck mixer in today’s construction environment – drum units are particularly suitable where large volumes of readymix are required but volumetric, with its inherent job flexibility, has been steadily growing market share. Volumetric mixers are now well established as an integral part of the concrete supply chain. End users regularly and specifically request concrete from volumetric mixers, due to their ease of placement and the ability to have as much concrete as required without the worry of over or under ordering, as well as the versatility of being able to produce different strengths mixes on the same site from the same loads of materials. Additionally, Volumetrics can be used as mobile batching plants, filled with material on site providing a continuous mixing facility, something which lends itself to remote locations, or specialist applications such as slip forming or rapid set concrete. Made in Poynton Cheshire All Armcon’s mixers are made in their own 9000m2 factory. Generally the Volumetric Mixer starts out as a chassis unit from Volvo, Mercedes, Renault or Scania - Continued on Page 10. Just rolled in from Scania. The truck chassis awaits the production process. All Armcon units are designed to give the maximum working life with little downtime and are claimed to be engineered to be the most accurate mixers on the market, producing concrete British standard or QSRMC standards.


The Concrete Times - November 2015
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