Concrete pumping and mixing equipment supplier Antec Concrete has been appointed the Australian distributor of Cemen Tech volumetric concrete units, filling a gap in the market for flexible short run concrete supply.

A volumetric concrete mixer has separate compartments for sand, stone, cement and water and can betruck or trailer-mounted or as a stationary unit. Materials are mixed on a job site to produce the exact amount of concrete needed.

Managing director of the Antec Group, John Clare, said volumetric mixers enable contractors to produce the right amount of concrete at the right time and can help with quality control.

"Volumetric mixers make it easier to manage short loads and longer travel times than the current ready- mix supply. Plus, the quality of the concrete produced is equal or superior to the standard ready-mix product according to the testing that we've undertaken," he said.

While the concept of volumetric concrete mixers is not new to the Australian market, Clare said Antec will offer a new level of support and training as it embeds the Cemen Tech products into its range.

Concreting services is currently a $9 billion industry, and this is expected to grow.

"There's a boom in transport and infrastructure projects which are predicted to grow to $17 billion under construction by 2020, so it's an ideal time to be offering our market a new option," Clare said.

US-based Cemen Tech is the world's largest manufacturer of volumetric proportioning and continuous concrete mixing equipment and has been in operation for 50 years. It is a good match for Antec, which has been operating in Australia for 30 years and is a leading supplier of equipment for the building, industrial and mining sectors.

Connor Deering, CEO/president of Cemen Tech, said the distribution agreement will help Cemen Tech grow its global business.

"We know the clearest path to success is partnering with knowledgeable, dependable dealers who can expand the number of businesses using volumetric concrete mixers and provide the local support to keep our customers running," Deering said.

Antec has appointed a dedicated business development manager, Todd Burton to focus on the Cemen Tech volumetric units and Reed brand concrete pumps which are also part of the Antec offering.