Bricklaying robot company teams up with builders to produce demo homes

The Australian company promoting the brick- and block-laying robot Hadrian X has entered a series of agreements with housebuilders in Australia and Mexico with a view to getting demonstration homes built.

Fastbrick Australia, a joint venture between Hadrian X inventor Fastbrick Robotics (FBR Ltd) and Australian building supplies company Brickworks Building Products, hopes the agreements will get traction for its "Wall-as-a-Service" concept in the two countries’ sizeable home-building markets.

In Australia the agreements see Fastbrick using its robotics technology to build structures to the housebuilders’ designs for testing before proceeding to build an entire demo home and then a home for purchase.

On 11 October FBR said it had entered an agreement with long-established Western Australian housebuilder Summit Homes Group. This followed a similar agreement in September with Perth-based boutique building and design company, Archistruct Builders and Designers.

Also in September, FBR teamed up with GP Vivienda, the housing division of Mexican construction giant Grupo GP, to test robot-built structures and the viability of FBR’s adhesive in use with blocks common in Mexico. In this agreement, the parties committed to analysing the results of the tests but stopped short of pledging to build a demo home or a home for sale.

Of the Mexican agreement, FBR’s global managing director and chief executive Mike Pivac said: "FBR sees the Hadrian X as part of the solution to Mexico’s acute shortage of well-constructed affordable homes, with a deficit of approximately 8.3 million affordable homes in the country."

FBR’s announcements to the Australian Stock Exchange can be viewed here.

Image: Hadrian X in action (FBR Ltd)

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