When Matthew Holloway, Managing Director and owner of Holloway Group, came across an article about a concrete void filler product that was being made in China for an Australian company, he immediately knew it was something he could manufacture himself.
So he contacted the owner of the company that was importing it, Biax Foundations, to see if they could do business.
The end result is that the Holloway Group is now not only manufacturing the Biax product, but it has helped improve the design and will be assisting Biax with its supply chain and distribution. The latter now saves on freight costs and avoids blown out lead times.
Holloway Group is one of the few Australian-based plastic injection moulding companies that can produce large goods.
“Our engineers and industrial designers assisted with a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and were able to simulate the product using CAD and produce real-time data. The second series design that will be supplied from Holloway Group is a much more innovative product, lighter and stronger than the incumbent design,” said Mr Holloway.
“The larger of the two moulds for the Biax product weighs eight tonnes and is one metre by one metre by 900 mm, which gives an idea of the scope of this product. That mould, which has just been commissioned, will be used in our largest injection moulding machine to produce the void fillers,” he added.
The Biax system is a new product that provides a framework and fills a void for concrete slabs in the construction industry. Made from 100 per cent recycled polypropylene, it is connected using the keystone clips that form a grid. Products made from polystyrene have been used in a similar way in the construction industry for many years.
“The Biax system has several advantages over its polystyrene competitors, including its compact nesting ability for freight and storage, and it is not as lightweight so does not blow around on building sites. When foam is cut on site it also ends up in waterways and waste streams and the Biax system eliminates this issue,” said Mr Holloway.
Another focus of Holloway Group is environmental sustainability. The Biax product is made of 100 per cent recycled plastic.
Using a void filler also ensures that less concrete is used in the construction process. It also easily nests together for transport, cutting down on transport costs. Each pod weighs less than 3kg.
The Holloway Group recently implemented a ‘Bring it Home’ campaign aimed at encouraging other Aussie businesses to look to local companies to support their supply chains.