Block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform will be launching the new M9 business-on-a-trailer block-making machine at the Nampo Harvest Day show to be held from May 16 to 19 in the Free State.
Hydraform marketing coordinator Ryno Saayman explains that. while the machine is electrically powered, the trailer includes a generator that not only powers the machine but also all one’s building needs. It also has several extra components that can be added to enable farmers and small businesses to complete work on their farms or add new industry to their operations. The concept behind the business-on-a-trailer is that it serves two purposes – the block-making business on a dismountable skid, as well as a standalone trailer for loading and transporting other materials and items that affect one’s business or operation.
Saayman explains further that the block-making machine follows the same principle as other Hydraform machines: once it has reached the location where the construction is taking place, interlocking blocks can be manufactured using only a mixture of 10% cement, water and soil from the surrounding area, using the M9 trailer-based block-making machine.
Hydraform has been developing the Hydraform interlocking building system for 29 years, with the M9 trailer-based machine being the latest innovation.
The Nampo Harvest Day festival has been chosen as the launch platform for the new M9 concept, because of the opportunity this represents for our farming clientele,
“Farmers can use the M9 business on a trailer block-making machine and take it to wherever it is required to build new buildings, add to a building or to improve already existing structures,” Saayman highlights. He explains that, during the slowdown in farming operations, farmers choose to focus on the maintenance of existing structures, and building storage facilities and housing
He points out that the Nampo Harvest Day show is the largest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere and it is attended by the agriculture community from across Africa. “It offers exhibitors direct access to the who’s who of the sector and a platform for networking not only within this industry, but also with the many other businesses that are critical to its success.”
The products and innovations on display at the show are of a high quality, says Hydraform sales and marketing director Nazlie Dickson. The show facilitates the demonstration of all the latest technologies available to the sector, not only to grow the market, but also to play a part in facilitating the constant improvement of the quality of produce.
“Nampo is an ideal platform for suppliers and manufacturers to access invaluable direct market input from a customer base and vice versa, and, with the show’s new international pavilion, the enterprise is growing its international visitor and exhibitor base tremendously,” she explains.
The drought has also inspired farmers to seek supporting opportunities and enterprises that can be sustained on their farms. This creates the perfect opportunity for block making using the farmer’s nonarable soil and the farm labour available.
The M9 concept lessens the load on farmers to acquire a large amount of water to facilitate building new structures. He reiterates that the Hydraform technology only requires a small amount of water to create several thousand blocks.
“Unfortunately, water will still be playing a part in the construction process, but you will end up using less water,” Saayman says.
He adds that farmers prefer the hands-on approach to building and maintaining the equipment and structures that they have. Dickson explains that Hydraform has a long and successful relationship with the agriculture community.He
explains that, by nature, successful farmers are innovators whose survival depends on finding solutions to day-to-day challenges, which makes Hydraform technology an ideal companion for them.
Saayman adds that Hydraform will be at Stand 65c, where the M9 machine will be used to create blocks throughout the Nampo Harvest Day show.
“We are proud to be associated with the Nampo event for so long and are grateful to the growing enterprise for its support in connecting the agriculture industry with the tools it needs not only to survive but also to thrive,” Dickson concludes.