For every Rapidwall plant, installation considerations are given to the specific local design requirements, including local raw material costs, manufacturing and transportation costs and local market demand. Upon proving the viability of a plant, Rapid Building Systems will design the new facility and buildings and project manage the manufacture, transportation and installation of the new plant.
A Rapidwall plant can be designed to include up to six casting tables. Installation of peripheral equipment may include a Rapidcure dryer, for curing the panels and the Rapidsaw, for processing whole panels into specific applications.
Rapid Building Systems sells the plant and equipment and has licensed the rights to manufacture Rapidwall and Rapidflow plaster for certain geographical areas around the globe.
The key to manufacturing Rapidwall in your country is having a readily available and reliable source gypsum or high quality gypsum plaster.
If high quality gypsum plaster is not available you will need to produce your own using a Rapidflow calciner.
The Rapidflow calciner can produce high quality plaster from either natural gypsum or chemical gypsum obtained as a by-product of either the fertiliser industry (phospho gypsum) or from the desulphurisation of coal during the production of electricity, from a coal fired power station (flue-gas gypsum).
With a source of gypsum or plaster available, manufacturing Rapidwall or Rapidflow plasters in your own country can bring both social and financial rewards.
At the same time as providing high quality, affordable housing and the untold benefits this will bring to your community, subject to selling the manufactured product, you could expect to see a fifty percent return on your investment, one year after production commences.
The question is, should you establish the plant near to your source of gypsum or near the market where the panels will be used?
Some simple financial modelling and the answers to the questions posed below will help you to determine your potential for success.
As a guide, you will need to consider:
- The availability and cost of land? For example,
a. A Rapidflow calcination plant requires approximately 5,000m2 of land.
b. A three table Rapidwall manufacturing plant requires approximately 1,000m2 of land.
- Comparison prices for other building methods (e.g. brick, concrete block, timber frame, concrete tilt up) by segments such as Domestic construction, Multi story, Commercial construction Boundary walls and the like?
- The cost of the gypsum or gypsum plaster delivered to the proposed plant site?
- The likely cost of civil works to build the plant at a proposed manufacturing site?
- The cost, availability and quality of:
a. Fuel - the different types available in your country (e.g. natural gas, oil, coal)?
e. Custom and excise charges and the like?
f. Steel fabrication facilities?
g. Engineering services for plant construction and the like?
- An estimate of the total volume of Rapidwall panels and or Rapidflow plaster that could be sold? You must fully satisfy yourself as to the potential to introduce and have Rapidwall (and or Rapidflow plasters) accepted within the markets in which you will operate. Getting acceptance from engineers, architects, designers, specifiers and builders will be critical to the successful outcome.
But first, if you’re serious about establishing Rapidwall or Rapidflow in your country, please contact Rapid Building Systems in Australia () to determine whether a license could be available for the proposed area in your country.
Then, subject to better understanding the issues that will affect constructing a plant in your area (as outlined above) and undertaking other appropriate due diligence, Rapid Building Systems will then be able to advise you of the likely cost of establishing of a plant in your country and licensing your production facility.