Makinex Challenges the Hire Industry

HIRE22, the country’s only national trade show for the Hire industry, was held from the 25 – 26 May in Adelaide, SA. So much has changed and yet so much has stayed the same, 2022 showed that the Hire Industry is ready to come out and play.

HIRE22, the country’s only national trade show for the Hire industry, was held from the 25 – 26 May in Adelaide, SA. It was a huge success, bringing together hire and rental business owners, managers and staff from around the country. It is clear that the Hire industry is thriving and there was an eagerness to learn about anything and everything new in the market.

For Makinex the event is always one where new products are unveiled to gauge industry feedback. This year was no exception, with a clear and determined focus on renewable energy options. “The move generally is to implement more sustainable options across the construction industry, and we’re keen to test this attitude within Hire,’ says National Sales Manager, Stuart Reynolds. ‘We aren’t saying you must transition to alternative solutions now, but we’re asking the question ‘What is your plan?”.

“The move generally is to implement more sustainable options across the construction industry, and we’re keen to test this attitude within Hire.”

National Sales Manager, Stuart Reynolds

Makinex is known for supplying a range of portable and compact generators that remain, even now in high demand. However, more and more technology is being developed that is shifting away from fossil fuels. “The global economic environment has changed dramatically with price hikes and supply shortages across the board, but diesel fuel pricing is crippling businesses and there is no option but to look for ways to save,” says Managing Director, Paul Weaver.

Traditional power is generated with a Diesel generator on the left, vs. a portable battery power box on the right.

At HIRE22, Makinex had significant interest shown in its new prototype Portable Power Box (PPB), a single phase 5 kVA power source capable of providing 4000 W continuously. The PPB is an acknowledgement of this global shift to sustainable power and the first of a wider range of battery products.

The Hybrid Power System (HPS) was another Makinex innovation-leading product showcased, combining solar panels, high capacity batteries and a backup diesel generator. It is capable of providing reliable, sustainable power to remote areas or anywhere that relies on diesel generator power. The HPS starts from a 10 kVa model and extends up to 60 kVa, depending on the job requirements.

Managing Director, Paul Weaver had this to say about Makinex’s continued efforts toward innovation, “We always try to challenge traditional thinking and traditional work methods and HPS shows that we can apply that thinking to any industry or application. With HPS, customers are seeing as high as a 95% reduction in diesel fuel consumption, which is just an amazing result.”

HPS is at the cutting edge of renewable, consistent power to remote locations or where mains power is unavailable.
HPS (pictured right) powers construction site sheds and communications.

Over the two days, HIRE22 gave Makinex and all its Exhibitors a rich environment to network and keep in touch with industry developments. It demonstrated that the industry is on the lookout for sustainable, cost-saving product solutions that break the historical dependency on fossil fuels. Right now, renewable energy is so much more accessible and as Stuart Reynolds questioned earlier, “what is your plan?”

The Hire & Rental Industry Association is to be congratulated for putting on such a successful event.

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