CEMEX Ventures and Grupo Avintia announce ‘Wallex’
Published by Emily Thomas,
CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX's Corporate Venture Capital and open innovation unit, and Grupo Avintia, a leading industrial group in the construction-real estate sector in Spain, has announced the creation of Wallex, a company focused on design and engineering, manufacturing and on-site installation of offsite panelised and self-supporting construction systems. Wallex aims to promote industrialised construction in Spain.
The first Wallex production plant will be located in Carabias, Segovia, and will be exclusively dedicated to off-site construction, the first of its kind in the country. The facility will have more than 8000 square meters. It will begin operations in December 2020, with a production capacity of approximately 1000 homes per year, which will boost industrial activity in the area and promote job creation.
This new company seeks to respond to the construction sector's main challenges, reinforcing professionalisation, meeting deadlines, quality, social commitment, and sustainability. The advantages offered by Wallex include a reduction in environmental impact, thanks to the better use of resources and materials and the reduction in waste generated. Also, reducing occupational risks by concentrating most of the plant process, working in a more stable environment that favours conciliation and inclusion, and the boost to skilled labour and a reduction of around 30% in delivery time.
Wallex will use CEMEX's Resilia, and Insularis concretes' advanced technology, which offers greater strength with less thickness, eliminating plastic insulators and better acoustic and thermal qualities in the offsite panellised construction process.
Besides, Wallex will benefit from the advanced ÁVIT-A self-supporting off-site panel system, an integral industrialised construction system from Grupo Avintia. The system connects the design and manufacturing process to assembly, using the most innovative techniques and integrating solutions developed explicitly for the projects' production and assembly chain.
The ÁVIT-A system will transform the construction sector because it will introduce a new industrial construction process based on innovation and collaboration. The objective is that 70% of the construction's structural elements are industrialised and arrive at the worksite for assembling.
“The birth of this company makes possible the creation of Wallex, which will contribute to essentially structuring the integral industrialized construction system of Grupo Avintia, ÁVIT-A while promoting the first industrialised construction factory in Spain. This will allow us to offer the market a quality response, non-existent in our country, to the current and future demand of the real estate sector in terms of production capacity and compliance with deadlines and budget,” said Antonio Martín Jiménez, Chairman of Grupo Avintia.
“We seek to support the generation of innovative solutions with high added value for the construction and cities of the future. Offsite construction can solve the great challenges of the sector, but for this, it is essential to develop an advanced, solid, and quality industrial fabric. We have seen numerous offsite construction solutions worldwide. This alliance between Grupo Avintia and CEMEX Ventures is a real and determined response to a more efficient and sustainable construction”, said Gonzalo Galindo, Head of CEMEX Ventures.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/28092020/cemex-ventures-and-grupo-avintia-announce-wallex/
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