Brickworks enters robotic joint venture

Bulding products group Brickworks (ASX: BKW) and robotics developer FBR (ASX: FBR) have inaugurated their joint venture ‘wall as a service’ manufacturing business, Fastbrick Australia. Fastbrick will charge customers by the square metre of wall built, and exclusively utilise FBR’s Hadrian X bricklaying robot and Brickworks masonry blocks in its Australian operations. Fastbrick is a…

Safety Survey Announced at ABA Launch

The newly launched Australian Balustrade Association has announced a national survey as part of its plan to ‘get serious’ about safety. The association’s launch, at Elite Glass in Melbourne on Thursday, was well-attended by industry leaders, founding members and Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson. Speakers called for the industry to work together to eradicate the…

NEW National body to promote stair and balcony safety

The construction industry is in the spotlight over multiple issues to do with compliance and safety, especially of cheap imported substitute products. Industry leaders have responded by launching a new professional body to promote safety and certification standards for balustrades – the supported railings that are found everywhere in our cities and homes. The main…

Brickworks joins forces with FBR

Leading brick manufacturer Brickworks Building Products (ASX: BKW) has joined forces with robotics company FBR (ASX: FBR) to automate bricklaying operations. The two companies have annouced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture, Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd, to provide ‘Wall as a Service’ (WaaS) services to the construction market. Fastbrick will charge…