Busi­ness Bust­ing the mar­ket open

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Shane Ni­chols

PORT Dou­glas In­ven­tor Andrew Cal­lan­der is off to Las Ve­gas next week to one of the world’s big­gest trade shows to demon­strate his Slide­ham­mer, a hand op­er­ated jack­ham­mer. The gi­ant Con­expo is held ev­ery three years in North Amer­ica and fea­tures 2400 ex­hibitors and 125,000 at­ten­dees.

Mr Cal­lan­der is ex­cited at the pos­si­bil­i­ties this year. He has shown the Slide­ham­mer at the tradeshow a cou­ple of times, and is in­ter­est is build­ing his cus­tomer base and find an over­seas dis­trib­u­tor. Re­cently, a Cana­dian sur­veyor with a view to im­port­ing the tool ap­proached him and they will have fur­ther talks in Las Ve­gas.

It’s been a bit of a slog to get the lo­cal in­ven­tion onto the world mar­ket. The Slide­ham­mer started its life as the Bead­breaker, a tool in­vented by his fa­ther for re­mov­ing truck tyres from their rims. Mr Cal­lan­der has mod­i­fied this de­sign to in­clude in­ter­change­able ends in­clud­ing point, chisel, tam­per and peg in­stall­ers. The sim­ple de­vice re­lies on a heavy sleeve, which the op­er­a­tor man­u­ally lifts and lets slam down on the head of the in­ter­change­able end.

Rugged and ba­sic, it is highly ef­fec­tive; it can break stones and con­crete. It is utili­tised by a num­ber of govern­ment au­thor­i­ties and util­ity ser­vices, in Aus­tralia, for work on roads, kerb­ing and wa­ter sup­ply, who need a highly por­ta­ble, clean de­vice that doesn’t need to be pow­ered.

The Cana­dian sur­veyor asked if it could break ice. ‘‘Break ice!’’ Mr Cal­lan­der said. ‘‘It can break con­crete!’’

Mr Cal­lan­der has some of the parts ma­chined in In­n­is­fail, the ends forged in Cairns and then he as­sem­bles the tool lo­cally.

He has sold a few thou­sand, but be­lieves there is an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket for an­other qual­ity Aus­tralian-made prod­uct.

He has the de­vice patented and pro­tected, but find­ing trust­wor­thy part­ners and in­vestors is not easy. An ear­lier at­tempt to li­cence the prod­uct with a US man­u­fac­turer wasted time and money. It’s costly to pro­mote the de­vice but he feels the ef­fort could re­ally pay off. With a bit more ef­fort he just needs the Slide­ham­mer to break through.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

GET­TING CRE­ATIVE:

Andy Cal­lan­der with his de­vice, the Slide­ham­mer

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