Kiwi flavour always there As crusher went global
Paul Tidmarsh describes himself as a ‘‘self-trained engineer’’.
The former Matamata resident was back home earlier this month to unveil a Barmac rock crusher at Firth Tower. The machine, which eventually became the industry standard, was developed here in the Waikato.
‘‘It all basically started here in Matamata,’’ Tidmarsh said.
Speaking to a group of Matamata Historical Society members, Tidmarsh recounted his journey to success with the machine used in the international mining and cement industries.
In 1979, Tidmarsh met with Bryan Bartley and Jim Macdonald, the inventors of the Macdonald Impactor. Impressed with Tidmarsh’s enthusiasm and quality of work, Bartley and Macdonald offered PL Tidmarsh a non-exclusive license to sell Macdonald Impactors, which was soon re-named the Barmac VSI (Vertical Shaft Impactor). In the following years sales of the Barmac VSI rose and the rest they say, was history.
In what developed into a multi-million dollar company, Tidmarsh said the Barmac story was a success he was ‘‘pretty proud of.’’
While he said he didn’t do business the normal way, especially having Kiwi beer on hand to use as a barter tool, he went on to conquer the world with his ‘‘invention’’. ‘‘This machine has become world famous,’’ he said.
Tidmarsh said he did everything ‘‘Kiwi style’’ and by the seat of hispants. ‘‘ We just got on the did the job. It’s been a wonderful journey.’’