Hybrid Power System revolutionizing power solutions for construction sites

Makinex was tasked with providing site power solution for a 132kV Substation & Transmission Line. The substation was built to connect the 120MW Gunnedah east solar farm to the network grid.

The challenge

The challenge was providing a reliable and temporary solution to power the site facilities 24/7 and the substation control room during testing and commissioning. UGL was looking for an alternative to running a diesel Generator 24hrs/7 days, generally with minimal load.

Running generators at less than optimal load is costly in terms of fuel usage, and it increases the required maintenance to either prevent or rectify generator glazing.

The Solution

In response to this challenge, Makinex deployed the 45 kVA Hybrid power system (HPS). The latest project is just the most recent example of our longstanding track record of providing innovative solutions that make inefficiencies extinct!

The HPS consists of roof-mounted solar panels that generate electricity in direct sunlight; Excess energy is used to charge the batteries. A battery bank to store energy for use overnight or when the sun isn’t shining. An integrated backup diesel generator that kicks in when energy usage is high and when the batteries are low on charge.  

The outcome

The HPS met the customer’s brief of being an alternative to running a diesel generator 24/7.

Throughout four months, the HPS 45 operated 24/7 to power the entire site. The average consumption was 5kW per hour, with a peak consumption during the substation control room testing of 23kW. Because the HPS integrates Solar, Battery and Generator, the HPS was able to power the site with Solar and Battery 86% of the time. The generator only ran when needed, which equated to 14% of the time. This run time reduction lead to saving of $22,365 in fuel costs and $4,618 in service costs on the top of a significant decrease in greenhouse emissions, reduced traffic on-site, and reduced engine noise, thus improving the overall site safety.

Makinex has programmed the HPS to run at optimal load by using all energy that is produced. The generator’s primary function is to provide power for consumption; Excess energy charges the batteries. This programming eliminates the chance of glazing.

“The Hybrid Power System worked very well. Overall we saw a reduction in running costs, not only In fuel costs, but the frequency of refueling and over the Christmas break, we were able to leave the basic security and office operational without having to have regular attendance on-site.”

Darrell Van Bruchem, Construction Manager from UGL Pty Ltd:

Our customers have celebrated the impressive HPS design and implementation. Delivering portable, cleaner, quiet power and mitigating expenses involved with traditional grid or portable generator power, the HPS is everything it set out to be.

Makinex awards reseller partner of the year

Makinex has awarded one of its key resellers – All Preparation Equipment– the Makinex Reseller Partner of the Year for 2021.

The award is based on a set of criteria including: breadth of range; sales, collaborative marketing; and brand association.

John Stewart, Makinex CEO said: “All Preparation Equipment has experienced strong sales in Makinex products and they have been very active in promoting our innovative and time-saving products on social media channels”

“Congratulations to the All Preparation Equipment team and we look forward to another great year ahead,” John said.

Makinex appoints John Stewart as the new CEO

Makinex is pleased to announce the appointment of John Stewart as the new Chief Executive Officer.

John has broad and extensive experience within the construction industry and is replacing founder CEO Rory Kennard.

Having worked as a senior leader in a number of large, global companies, John brings with him years of senior management experience. He has also led a privately owned building materials company before consulting to the construction and building products industry over the past five years.

Rory Kennard, CEO/Founder says:

“We are excited to introduce the new CEO of Makinex, John Stewart. John will add so much more focus to the role as CEO, his experience in running much larger companies will add the structure and discipline we need to keep achieving the challenging milestones we set ourselves year on year.“

These changes within the company will further strengthen Makinex’s growth in the industry and ethos of providing innovative products improving overall user efficiency.

Makinex all set for Energy Next 2021

The two-day exhibition is a comprehensive platform for the latest cutting-edge technology in the clean energy sector

Energy Next is just around the corner and will be held on 13th & 14th July at the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. 
Makinex will be unveiling its latest off grid power system on Stand K103. The Makinex Hybrid Power System (HPS) is the most versatile and advanced off grid power system. Providing grid like electricity in areas where grid power is either unavailable or directly replacing expensive/ unreliable grid power. 

The 2021 Energy Next is set to be the most comprehensive free-to-attend energy exhibition in NSW. Co-located with the Clean Energy Council‘s Australian Clean Energy Summit, Energy Next will showcase the latest technologies in renewable energy and energy management.

It’s a comprehensive forum for the latest, cutting-edge technology available to transform supply chain operations and give businesses the power to stay one step ahead of their competition.

For Makinex, helping businesses be more efficient and effective is absolutely at the core of our company’s ethos and we’re looking forward to making new contacts and introducing new companies to the benefits of our off grid power system.

Come and visit the Makinex’s team on Stand K103 and learn more about our latest industry offering, the Hybrid Power System.

You can register to attend here.

You can also follow the event on Linkedin here and Facebook here .

Makinex giving back to the drought affected farmers

Over the years Makinex has donated to charities that do great work in our communities, and this year is no different. We felt it was important to support our rural friends that are experiencing a one in hundred year drought putting great pressure on them to deliver the produce we all enjoy.

We decided to support the Country Women’s Association branch in Gunnedah located in Northwest NSW area, as they have been hot hard by the drought.

Her small group of volunteers cooks cakes to sell at a weekly cake stall in town among other things raising money so they can directly offer support back to the local Gunnedah community.

With the money raised by Makinex, the CWA plan to spend the money on food and fuel vouchers, car registrations, school fees, and rural supplies, and helping to pay for chemist and electricity accounts for farmers doing it tough.

Joel Baker and Stuart Reynolds drove to Gunnedah last week to present a cheque and enjoyed the local countryside and freshly baked cakes.

Makinex Finalist in National Safety Awards

Last week (15th Oct 2018) Makinex become a finalist in Category 2A: Best solution of a WHS Risk (Small Business ) at the National Safety Awards of Excellence Gala Luncheon held last week.

It was attended by Paul Weaver (Managing Director) and Matthew Cape (Design Manager)

This was for the Powered Hand Truck, and amazing safety product helping people safely pick up products up to 140kg.

We have our fingers crossed for the finals being announced soon.



Makinex announces new North American Headquarters

Due to the explosive and continued growth, Makinex has relocated its US headquarters in Southern California!

We are still in Sydney Australia for the main headquarters, but our US side of the business is seeing massive growth.

Makinex has been in business since 2004, with the main headquarters located in Sydney Australia. Since then, Makinex has grown to over 50 employees in 3 countries and is only going to get bigger! The North America headquarters has been located in Redondo Beach since its inception in 2015.  The company was in a shared office space environment where the expansion of the business continually exceeded the amount of space available.

Since 2015, Makinex has successfully been able to help several businesses overcome the challenges of efficiency, safety and productivity.

The new headquarters enables the business to accommodate clients more effectively and efficiently.  The building is designed to MAKE INEFFICIENCIES EXTINCT, which is the motto Makinex lives by.  We have included advanced technology, green initiatives, and most importantly, a better way to serve our clients and staff.

“This is such an exciting time for Makinex and marks a huge milestone for the company!  The employees and customers will all greatly benefit from this move, and we couldn’t be more proud.” – General Manager, Peter Maginnis.

According to Operations Manager, Brandy Carmona, “The new space absolutely mirrors one of our biggest company values: innovation.  We will without a doubt improve on our promise to deliver innovative, quality solutions to the market, making our clients lives easier and more efficient!”.

The new address is 4232 Artesia Boulevard, Torrance, CA, 90504

and if you wish to contact the USA team you can via the US website www.makinex.com

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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!

Congratulations! 10 years for Paul Weaver

A huge congratulations to Paul Weaver our MD and Co Founder who today is celebrating 10 years with Makinex.

Paul joined the Makinex team in the very early stages of the business when it was called Work Smart Equipment, seeing the business through changes, product launches and a growing team. Paul has been instrumental in the massive growth Makinex has seen over the last 10 years.

Paul started with Makinex as the Sales Manager he has extensive product knowledge and built some friendships that will last a lifetime.

Paul has recently moved to Managing Director  and is looking forward to seeing the business achieve its BHAG of 20 products in 20 countries in 20 years.

Makinex would not be here if it wasn’t for Paul and Rory,  they are a powerhouse team and we are looking forward to celebrating with Paul and seeing the business continue to grow.


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