Wienerberger and Fastbrick Robotics Announce Global Partnership Agreement
The aim of the partnership is to develop, test and manufacture optimized clay blocks for FBR’s Hadrian X construction robot.
The Wienerberger Group has signed a partnership agreement with Fastbrick Robotics Limited (FBR), an Australia-listed company focused on robotic construction with clay brick and blocks. The aim of the partnership is to develop, test and manufacture optimized clay blocks for FBR’s Hadrian X construction robot. The materials will subsequently be used in a pilot project in Europe and launched in Wienerberger markets, along with the Hadrian X, upon successful completion.
“In times of digitalization, high demand for affordable housing and the prevailing shortage of skilled workers, the construction industry is facing major challenges,” said Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger AG. “Together with FBR, we want to develop solutions based on the Hadrian X technology, which allows housing construction projects to be executed faster and more cost effectively. Alongside these advantages, the technology requires fewer resources and is less labor intensive.”
FBR designs, develops and produces dynamically stabilized robots for the construction industry. The Hadrian X construction robot was developed for outdoor work and is reportedly able to measure and compensate for movements caused by wind, vibrations, or counter-movements in real time. This allows for the fully automated construction of residential buildings with high precision and quality while simultaneously optimizing the use of materials. The first robot is currently in the testing and commissioning phase.
According to Wienerberger, the first phase of the multi-stage partnership agreement primarily involves an intensive exchange of information between the two partners in order to develop optimized clay block solutions for the Hadrian X construction robot. Wienerberger and FBR will also assess business models to be adopted in selected markets ahead of a proposed pilot project in Europe.