Kiwi flavour al­ways there As crusher went global

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.’’

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