Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs drives us all. Our basic needs are Shelter, Food and Water. MZ3 has been involved in the Shelter or building industry since 2005 using wood and lightweight steel. In 2015 MZ3 took tentative steps in the Food and agriculture industry to assist in the transition to sustainable, permanent and regenerative agriculture. In 2016 MZ3 started work on a high speed tree planting machine to assist in a goal of regenerative agriculture reclaiming degenerated farm and rangelands into productive agro forests. In 2017 we began commercialisation of a full range of compact footprint, highly efficient, timber framing machines.
MZ3's founder's vision since 2001 is “to build a society based on wood”. His belief is that we need to live more sustainably by using renewable energy and renewable materials such as timber and to reduce our use of finite resources which are drilled or mined. Therefore when we can, we help to develop timber planting, milling and processing machines. We believe agroforestry or food forests, combining the growing of wood and food is the sustainable path to take.
Since the founding of MZ3 in 2005 we have designed and supplied machinery for the timber fabrication industry to help timber compete more effectively with non sustainable materials.
2008. Developed a fastener free, resorcinol glued timber floor panel and a prefabricated stair system for industrial mezzanine floor kits.
2009. Acquired a Resorcinol glue manufacturing plant with formulas originally developed by the CSIRO for Australian timbers. The plant was originally owned by Norm Town in NSW, then in WA by Bunnings and Prochemsol before us. We now manufacture Resorcinol resin adhesive for in-house use. This is a long proven, high strength, waterproof, structural timber adhesive used for marine timbers (rudders, oars, yachts), high strength exposed structural timber glu-lam beams (pedestrian bridges), laminated posts, finger-jointed timber, rollercoaster framework and even aircraft propellors.
2010 to 2017. Helped a customer test and develop new lightweight, low embodied CO2, metal building products. In 2011 we invented and built three machines to make these products which we then operated for the customer, on a piece rate contract.
2008 to now. Amongst a wide range of wood machines we have developed linear multi cut wood saws, picker placers, pack stackers and destackers, nail plate presses and timber strength testing machines.
2011 - 2012. Painting and curing machine. Composite hardwood timber floorboard, lamella ripping, asssembly, hotmelt rollcoating and pressing machine. Fingerjointer with machine vision knot detection and in-line proof tester.
2013. High speed timber buttjoiner. Heavy duty transfer conveyor system.
2014. Dual robotic welder with vertical indexing jig.
2015. A seed sorting and a precision air seeder for Kimseed. A tracked robotic beehive handling machine.
2016. Vegetable processing equipment. Started work on a high speed tree planting machine to assist in regenerative agriculture to reclaim marginal farm, rangelands and man-made deserts into productive agro forests. Development of a low cost prototype linear saw. Started commercialisation of a comprehensive range of timber framing machinery.
2017. Developed the Boa timber web floor truss machine and released the Auto Jack Truss machine, the Metal web floor truss machine, the Pre Plater, and the Timber Rollformer.
Some comments on sustainability:
The prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors
... a Cree woman told her.
There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow."
... Chief Seattle, who lived from 1780 to 1866:
"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear. When that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them."
According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest or boasts of successes. Leaders will be those whose actions speak for them and that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and proven that they work for the benefit of all.
Interesting sustainability links - the first two;
- The One Yard Revolution. - Patrick Dolan. The secret power of woodchips.
- Ernst Gotsch - Swiss man who emigrated to Brazil and now farms a rainforest he created from scratch. Ernst uses lopped eucalypts on degraded Brazilian ranchland to restore forests for food - the solution to our current problems.
- Try Youtube "Terra Prata" - ancient man made supersoil.
- Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Geoff Lawton - Australia - Permaculture and Food Forests
- Australia's Renew Magazine going since 1980 stories of people and their renewables. Including Alan Pears excellent articles on Australia's energy sector.
- www.foodforest.com.au - Gawler, South Australia - long running commercial organic farm
- Cuba the country - forced to go organic from 1989 onwards when the wall came down and Russia suddenly withdrew all support
- Paul Gilding - Australian who wrote "The Great Disruption" about how we would react when global warming can no longer be ignored.
- Allan Savory, Zimbabwe - cell grazing, holistically - maybe beef is not so bad
- Bhaskar Save - India - tried and gave up Western Farming and prospered using natural farming methods
- Justin Rhodes - USA - grows his family's food using chickens as tractors
- Carbon Neutral - Western Australia - rehabilitating parts of the NorthEastern wheatbelt in Western Australia
- Loyd Alter - the excellent and always interesting and wide ranging website http://www.treehugger.com/
- Bill Gammage - author of The Biggest Estate on Earth - which has become the recipe for MZ3
- The tireless Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy
- Making, recycling amazing DIY - Instructables.com