An Australian robotics innovator has entered into an agreement to demonstrate its wall-building robot technology for potential roll-out across the United States.
FBR Limited has made the binding agreement with CRH Ventures for a US demonstration programme of the Hadrian X technology. Through this partnership, CRH has the option to gain exclusive access to FBR’s proprietary technology.
Hadrian X is a patented truck-based, block-laying robot that enables CRH to deliver its concept of a Wall-as-a-Service solution, claimed to offer numerous benefits to its customers.
By integrating CRH’s concrete blocks with a differentiated block-laying service, customers can increase productivity, efficiency and site safety through more consistent and accurate block construction, as well as reduce waste and cost.
Significantly, it is also said to helps CRH’s customers address the challenges of the skilled labour shortage.
Under the agreement, CRH Ventures has paid for an option for further collaboration with FBR pending the success of the demonstration programme aimed at constructing up to 10 houses in Florida, which is a high-growth market where CRH has leading positions in the concrete block business.
This technology is said to have the potential to revolutionise traditional construction methods, and the agreement includes an exclusive option for a future joint venture, and further roll out of 300 Hadrian X robots across the US market.
Eduardo Gomez, head of CRH Ventures, said: “This collaboration exemplifies CRH Ventures’ dedication to investing in innovation and transformative new technologies. By leveraging FBR’s cutting-edge robotics and CRH’s position as the leading building materials supplier in the US we aim to reinvent the way our world is built by redefining how homes are built, contributing to a more efficient and sustainable future.”
The demonstration programme will feature the Hadrian X using concrete blocks supplied by CRH to construct external walls for a series of single-story houses. It is the first initiative of its kind to showcase the innovative Wall-as a-Service solution, which is claimed could mark a pivotal step toward reshaping residential construction in the US.
Mike Pivac, FBR’s managing director and chief executive, said: “The agreements with CRH Ventures mark a significant milestone in FBR’s journey. We are eager to enter the US market with the support of one of the largest concrete block manufacturers, showcasing our technology’s capabilities and commencing our scaling plan.”
Main image: FBR’s Hadrian X® technology is expected to help CRH deliver its Wall-as-a-Service® solution
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