Who are some of the potential clients for the Tekcrete™ Home and the
Uni-Crete™ Cell technology?
Research indicates that Latin America and Eastern Europe offer particularly strong markets. There is an overwhelming need for affordable housing in these areas. We have had discussions and negotiations with countries all over the world, including: Chile , Mexico , Dominican Republic, Antigua, Slovakia, Poland, China, India, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, South Korea, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ghana, Algeria and Nigeria.
What is Rockport's global strategy?
Our strategy is to establish manufacturing plants in target market countries where we can secure a sufficient level of business to keep a plant operating at capacity for at least two years. Rockport will contract with established local development companies who will be responsible for the urbanization of project sites and the marketing of the houses to individuals end customers; Rockport will focus on manufacturing.
Rockport has done initial research and planning for operations in China and India. In these markets Rockport will likely license technology to local companies or government agencies. The revenue model will consist of a royalty fee for each module produced. There will be no up-front licensing fee.
Are there opportunities for employment for local people in developing countries?
Each 48-mould Uni-Crete™ Cell manufacturing plant will create approximately 600 direct jobs plus the possibility of hundreds of related spin-off manufacturing and transportation jobs. In most plants, all materials will be locally sourced.
What is unique about Rockport's technology?
The strong concrete walls produced with the Uni-Crete™ Cell Process keep weight manageable and allow a completely finished house to be transported by truck to any building site. Because the homes are modular and manufactured in a factory, the cost of materials and construction is precise. Assembly line manufacturing guarantees a consistent high level of quality control. This approach eliminates on-site construction theft. Economies of scale enables very low input costs.
How many Rockport homes can be built in a day?
A typical 48-mould plant will ship twelve completely finished houses per day (assuming a typical house size of approximately 68 m², requiring 4 component modules per house). The complete end-to-end cycle time to complete any given house is 7 to 9 days.
Why is this unique technology ideally suited for use in developing countries?
In countries where climate and geography pose challenges such as earthquakes, fire, termites and wood rot, wood construction is undesirable and culturally unacceptable. Houses must be durable and able to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. The Tekcrete™ Home exceeds all Canadian and American building codes and standards. Further, the manufacturing process enables the rapidly growing need for housing to be met in the quickest, most cost-efficient way presently known.
How flexible is the technology?
Rockport custom designs its homes to suit local culture, customs, and environmental conditions. We do not impose our North American housing design on families in any country. The modular methodology permits additions to the house to be easily made. The house can be expanded vertically or horizontally.
Where can Rockport technology be utilized?
The fact that any quantity of insulation can be added to a Rockport house means Rockport housing can be adapted to meet any climatic conditions, whether it be in Siberia or in the tropics of Mexico. Also, the fact that 90% of the world's population lives in houses made from some form of concrete makes Rockport technology very marketable worldwide.
Who supports Canadian Rockport?
The Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation has stated: “Your concrete housing system more than meets the need for social housing in Chile." The Chilean Embassy in Canada states that it has “supported Rockport investment in Chile to introduce a new building technology under the conviction that this new housing system will assist the Government of Chile to achieve its goal of building at least 70,000 social housing units each year.” The Canadian Embassy in Santiago, says they “foresee many years of production from their (Rockport's) Santiago plant." The Office of the President of Mexico states, “Your concrete homes technology is very needed in Mexico, and we are confident that the negotiations of contracts for large housing projects in Mexico with Rockport Homes will be achieved easily." Read more about Rockport's existing development in Chile
Who is Rockport's Competition?
Rockport’s competition includes wood frame housing, which is culturally unacceptable in most of the developing world. Wood housing is typical of “slum” neighborhoods, and in countries with poor fire protection services, wood construction is shunned. Local construction companies using traditional concrete block/brick methods take months to construct a house that Rockport can assemble in one day. Unlike Tekcrete™ Homes , which are built in a manufacturing plant, other companies build on-site which is time consuming and subject to countless problems including theft and inclement weather. Banks are often reluctant to finance a house made of wood because such houses are considered to have a very short lifespan. No housing technology we are aware of exists that can be built as quickly or as affordably as Rockport's homes and is fire, rot, termite, earthquake and hurricane resistant.