IN THE MIX - THE LATEST CONCRETE NEWS

CONCRETE NZ - CONSOLIDATED ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED 28 Aug 2017 - CONCRETE NZ - CONSOLIDATED ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED The New Zealand concrete industry has come together to promote concrete as the resilient construction material of choice for a modern New Zealand. Concrete New Zealand (NZ) was launched on 28 August 2017 at a Parliamentary function in Wellington hosted by Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Construction.
REVISED STANDARD FOR WATER AND AGGREGATE FOR CONCRETE 03 Feb 2016 - REVISED STANDARD FOR WATER AND AGGREGATE FOR CONCRETE NZS 3121:2015 Water and Aggregate for Concrete has recently been published and replaces a dated 30 year old standard......
VIRGIN CONCRETE COMES OF AGE IN NORTHLAND 03 Jul 2015 - VIRGIN CONCRETE COMES OF AGE IN NORTHLAND Virgin Concrete Ltd, situated in Kamo just north of Whangarei, has been supplying ready mixed concrete to the local market as an NZRMCA member since 2009 – almost seven years....
CCANZ STUDENT WORKSHOP GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 12 Nov 2014 - CCANZ STUDENT WORKSHOP GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH The third CCANZ ArchEng Workshop was recently held in Christchurch, with 22 architecture and structural engineering students from across New Zealand in attendance......
GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND OUR YOUNGER GENERATION 10 Sep 2014 - GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND OUR YOUNGER GENERATION Ever thought that your apprentices don't know what hard work is? Chances are your boss thought the same when you were starting out in the job......
FIRTH INDUSTRIES OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES 10 Aug 2014 - FIRTH INDUSTRIES OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES In early 2013 Firth Industries were awarded the concrete supply (to main contractor McConnell Dowell) for the Waitaki Bridge Replacement Project near Kurow......
2014 READY MIXED CONCRETE ASSOCIATION AWARDS 20 Jul 2014 - 2014 READY MIXED CONCRETE ASSOCIATION AWARDS The 2014 NZRMCA Awards were presented recently at the combined Concrete Industry Conference held at the Wairakei Resort near Taupo......
CONCRETE RECOLLECTIONS FROM NORTHLAND 06 Jul 2014 - CONCRETE RECOLLECTIONS FROM NORTHLAND Maurie Hooper, a former director at Wharehine Contractors Ltd and current NZRMCA Northland Region Chair, looks back on his time in the road transport and ready mixed concrete industries in the Rodney district......
NEW ZEALAND’S CONCRETE TRAILBLAZERS 16 Apr 2014 - NEW ZEALAND’S CONCRETE TRAILBLAZERS As outlined in the May issue of the NZRMCA Newsletter, 2014 is the year the New Zealand Concrete Society (NZCS) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Throughout its existence the society Has benefitted from and helped foster the vision, intellect, wisdom and determination of a Group of individuals worthy of the title – Trailblazers......
CONCRETE ROADS – THE AFFORDABLE OPTION 01 Jan 2014 - CONCRETE ROADS – THE AFFORDABLE OPTION CCANZ recently commissioned economic consultants Infometrics to investigate the high-level case for building concrete roads. It was found that in a baseline scenario comparing the economics of asphalt and concrete roads, concrete came in around 25% less expensive......
CCANZ SKILLS MAINTENANCE WEBSITE 23 Dec 2013 - CCANZ SKILLS MAINTENANCE WEBSITE With NZRMCA support the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) has developed a Skills Maintenance website to assist both industry and early career professionals......
IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION LOGISTICS 03 Oct 2013 - IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION LOGISTICS Logistics and supply chain management in the New Zealand construction industry are poorly understood and inefficient. Using an Auckland building project as a study, BRANZ research has started to fill in the gaps......
A SMOOTHER ROAD AHEAD 20 Sep 2013 - A SMOOTHER ROAD AHEAD In late November 2012 Cabinet approved the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) application to pursue a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Transmission Gully – the much anticipated 27-km leg of the 110-km Wellington Northern Corridor......
PASSION OR OBSESSION? MEN & THEIR (TOY) CONCRETE TRUCKS 10 Sep 2013 - PASSION OR OBSESSION? MEN & THEIR (TOY) CONCRETE TRUCKS I embarked on a search to identify collectors as enthusiastic as I am about ready mixed concrete toy trucks. To my pleasure I discovered that I am not alone......
BEGBIE READIMIX’S FINAL DELIVERY 19 Aug 2013 - BEGBIE READIMIX’S FINAL DELIVERY For Putaruru concrete producer Andrew (Bags) Begbie the sale of his family business, Begbie Readimix Ltd, to Steve and Kellie Bowers of Bowers Brothers Concrete Ltd is a source of both pride and relief......
‘INFOSHOW’ A SUCCESS FOR COUNTIES READY MIX 06 Aug 2013 - ‘INFOSHOW’ A SUCCESS FOR COUNTIES READY MIX Counties Ready Mix recently hosted an ‘InfoShow’ at their Drury plant in South Auckland, and judging by the positive response it will probably not be the last......
2013 NZ CONCRETE CONFERENCE 25 Jul 2013 - 2013 NZ CONCRETE CONFERENCE This year's combined Concrete Industry Conference promises to be outstanding, with two world class keynote speakers lined up and an opportunity to hear about the latest in research, design, materials technology and construction practice......
LONG HISTORY OF QUALITY AND LOYAL SERVICE 24 Jun 2013 - LONG HISTORY OF QUALITY AND LOYAL SERVICE In 2012 Christchurch Ready Mix Concrete Ltd (CRMC) celebrated its 50th anniversary but its foundations were laid as long ago as 1927......
CONCRETE PUMPING HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES 22 May 2013 - CONCRETE PUMPING HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES New guidelines from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are available for the safe operation and maintenance of concrete pumping equipment and the environment this equipment is used in......
FIBRES IN CONCRETE – WHAT, WHEN & WHY? 15 May 2013 - FIBRES IN CONCRETE – WHAT, WHEN & WHY? CCANZ Information Bulletin 39 Fibre Reinforced Concrete is an excellent resource for those wishing to address confusion around the appropriate use of fibres in concrete......
THE BENDOMETER IS BACK 01 May 2013 - THE BENDOMETER IS BACK The Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) and the Pacific Steel Group have reissued the Bendometer to assist best practice in the bending of steel reinforcing......
BRIDGING THE GAP WITH FIRTH INDUSTRIES 18 Apr 2013 - BRIDGING THE GAP WITH FIRTH INDUSTRIES With geography as steep and rugged as New Zealand’s, bridges have played a significant role in our country’s development. Across urban and rural settings, or rail and road applications, we boast some truly magnificent bridges......
INTERNATIONAL STORY - MARATHON CONCRETE POUR AT PORT BOTANY 02 Apr 2013 - INTERNATIONAL STORY - MARATHON CONCRETE POUR AT PORT BOTANY It took great planning and an incredible feat of engineering for Boral to deliver 2500m3 of concrete in one of the biggest elevated continuous pours in NSW history. Five boom pumps were required to deliver 2500m3 over the 18 hour continuous pour......
NZRMCA SAFETY ALERT - CEMENT SILO SAFETY 15 Mar 2013 - NZRMCA SAFETY ALERT - CEMENT SILO SAFETY The NZRMCA takes the issue of health and safety extremely seriously. Following on from the recent driver training DVD and truck driver hand signals initiatives, the Association has issued two brief safety alerts covering cement silo maintenance and blow back from line pumps......
ATLAS CONCRETE RECYCLING PLANT – A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH 10 Dec 2012 - ATLAS CONCRETE RECYCLING PLANT – A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH An established presence in the Auckland market, Atlas Concrete has recently developed its concrete recycling facility in a demonstration of their commitment to sustainable business practices......
2012 NZRMCA AWARDS - TIME TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS 07 Dec 2012 - 2012 NZRMCA AWARDS - TIME TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS The 2012 NZRMCA Awards were presented during the New Zealand Concrete Conference formal dinner held at Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre in Hamilton on 12 October......
CARDBOARD CATHEDRAL – ON A SOLID FOUNDATION 05 Dec 2012 - CARDBOARD CATHEDRAL – ON A SOLID FOUNDATION Work is now complete on the concrete foundations of the transitional and controversial ‘cardboard cathedral’, located on land owned by the Anglican Church property trust on the south-east corner of Madras and Hereford Streets......
INTERNATIONAL STORY - HIGH-SPEED MISSION TO AVOID POTENTIAL MINING DISASTER 02 Dec 2012 - INTERNATIONAL STORY - HIGH-SPEED MISSION TO AVOID POTENTIAL MINING DISASTER Placing 1,200m3 of concrete over nine days, through a pipeline that reaches a 133m drop – with a portion of the concrete placed in water – is a feat few would attempt. However, Lafarge Readymix successfully completed this task thanks to a skilled, committed team and a topquality concrete mix containing Chryso admixtures......
CONCRETE INDUSTRY WORKSHOP CONNECTS ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS 01 Dec 2012 - CONCRETE INDUSTRY WORKSHOP CONNECTS ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS Architecture students from Victoria University and engineering students from the University of Canterbury recently took part in the inaugural ArchEng workshop......
MANY FIRSTS FOR CONCRETE COMMUNITY IN CHRISTCHURCH 23 Oct 2012 - MANY FIRSTS FOR CONCRETE COMMUNITY IN CHRISTCHURCH A decision by Christchurch Police, in December 2011, to move out of their 40-year-old Hereford St building due to concerns another major earthquake would cut essential services......
THE LATIMER HOTEL – A CONCRETE SYMBOL OF RENEWAL 15 Oct 2012 - THE LATIMER HOTEL – A CONCRETE SYMBOL OF RENEWAL Emerging from the ground of Latimer Square in Christchurch is a building complex designed almost entirely around the benefits of concrete......
WORK TIME VARIATION FOR CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVERS 10 Oct 2012 - WORK TIME VARIATION FOR CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVERS Working in consultation with the NZRMCA, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has developed a generic work time variation for drivers of ready mixed concrete trucks......
DAMAGE RESISTANT DESIGN SEMINAR TIMELY AND WELL ATTENDED 05 Oct 2012 - DAMAGE RESISTANT DESIGN SEMINAR TIMELY AND WELL ATTENDED Along with Precast NZ and Sika, the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) recently sponsored a nationwide New Zealand Concrete Society seminar series on the topic of low damage design......
BCITO AT A GLANCE 01 Oct 2012 - BCITO AT A GLANCE When it comes to training in our industry, most people have heard about the BCITO and have a broad understanding of our role......
NZRMCA DEVELOPS STANDARDISED CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVER HAND SIGNALS 29 Sep 2012 - NZRMCA DEVELOPS STANDARDISED CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVER HAND SIGNALS The NZRMCA has developed a set of standardised hand signals to assist communication with concrete truck drivers on-site......