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Robo-tech company commences WA townhouse project

Robot blocklayer developer raises $10 million as WA build project starts.

Western Australian robotic technology company FBR Limited will get behind the construction of a 16-townhouse project in Western Australia after raising new capital for its house construction technology.

The work will be done using FBR’s Hadrian X robotic blocklaying technology, which can build block structures from a 3D CAD model, using its own dynamic stabilisation technology to work with precision in outdoor environments.

Under the new contract with Perth builder Inspired Homes, FBR will supply load bearing walls, internal partition walls and the concrete footings and slabs at a development in Willagee, in Perth’s southern suburbs.

Works on the $630,000 contract started in December and are expected to be completed by May.

“We are excited to be adding another large project to our pipeline of work. This will be our largest project to date, and we are looking forward to working with an industry leader in Inspired Homes,” says Pivac.

“FBR’s game-changing Hadrian X robot is in high demand, and we are seeing the industry participants with a strong customer focus working to ensure they are able to offer the benefits of building with the Hadrian X to their customers. This project is an excellent project for FBR to demonstrate the capabilities of the Hadrian X, and we are excited to get started.”

In further announcements, FBR will be constructing up to 5,000 homes in Mexico with its Hadrian X construction robot and has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, to “exchange information and collaborate and cooperate in relation to the application of modern building methods, smart support systems and other construction technologies in the housing and construction sectors of the UAE.”

FBR raised $10 million late last year through a share issue that company managing director and chief executive Mike Pivac says will be used to further commercialise the company’s technology.

“The funds raised will position the company well to execute on and expand its current committed work pipeline and to capitalise on commercial opportunities that are frequently presenting themselves globally, particularly in North America and Europe,” he says.

The Hadrian X is designed to work with the company’s Fastbrick Wall System, using “blocks that have been specially designed for optimal performance”, the company says.

The unit can also lay standard bricks made of concrete or clay of between 115–490mm and from 60–250mm high, weighing no more than 22kg.

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