PolyCare - a success story
At the end of March, PolyCare is recognized by the European Union in The Hague as one of the best ideas for improving the world. In the follow-up sessions, various delegations from China, India, Namibia, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Chile and the USA visit the factory in Gehlberg. Particularly important was the visit by Bishop Kameeta, Minister for Poverty Alleviation in Namibia, who showed great enthusiasm for the MAS system.
During the second quarter PolyCare UK started to focus on two main regions. The UK and central Africa. The housing situation in the UK is well known. Not enough houses are being built and there are shortages of skilled labour and materials. Of course neither of these affects PolyCare´s system. It is a solution readily accepted by some politicians who are now pressing for a UK trial of the system. In addition, the UK company is now turning its attention to the growing Garden Office market sector. The immense advantages of PolyCare´s materials and the simplicity of the construction is ideal for both this market and the self-built market.
In May, Dr. Auma Obama (sister of the US President) commissioned PolyCare to develop an individually inscribed sponsors memorial path with Lumino stones on behalf of the Sauti Kuu foundation. PolyCare also exhibits at the Bautec in Berlin, the Hanover Fair, the SME Innovation Day and the Urban Age Conference in Venice.
Also during May a leading German business magazine Brand Eins feature a six page article on PolyCare and it build system. This followed a major article in Germany’s most influential Newspaper Die Welt.
In July a model house for is produced in Gehlberg to be sent to Windhoek, Namibia and constructed “live” at the Invest Namibia conference. The construction will be highlighted in the Namibian Prime Ministers opening speech on 8th November.
In Germany during September the TV science magazine Galileo airs a special edition about PolyCare its use of desert sand and our exclusive build system.
A high-light for PolyCare was as a finalist at Innovation of the Year Awards of the German Industry in Frankfurt. In April PolyCare was represented at the Hanover Fair with the Bauhaus University Weimar. The summer marked a significant increase and interest in the MAS technology world-wide. The two-storey show home in Gehlberg including stairs, roof and plate elements, all made with polymer concrete, was completed. Experiments with colour and rendering show that a MAS-houses can easily look like any other house.
A model MAS house was built in Delhi, India in a cooperation between Polycare UK and Tata Projects. Despite the 40°C temperature and oncoming monsoon season the house was completed in the quick time.
Given the dramatic increase in numbers of refugees fleeing to Germany during the autumn several high level discussions took place with German state governments. The aim was to develop a longer term fast build solution for such situations.
In October PolyCare participated at the national competition "Ideas from Europe" in the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin and was unanimously elected as the German candidate for the European competition in Luxembourg. In November PolyCare received an award as one of the 10 best “European ideas to change the world”.
In the same month PolyCare also won the highly prestigious Chemical Innovation of the Year Award from the Bavarian Chemical Industry. This was highly significant for PolyCare as this is one of the most powerful industry associations in Germany.
During this time a large Lumino, polymer concrete art project was completed for a prestigious display. However, in the year the company was mainly focused on the delivery of PolyCare’s first full production factory in Libya. However, fate intervened. During technical consultations and site and material analysis in Libya two PolyCare engineers only just escaped from an attempted kidnapping. Shortly afterwards the security situation worsened and the project stopped. The full factory equipment still remains in Tripoli, unused!
The 3rd quarter was marked by an intensive development in the mould construction, the completion of a new research agreement with the Technical University of Ilmenau and the beginning of the construction of a two-storey model house in Gehlberg. The production line in Gehlberg was remodeled to allow faster production of MAS element with new vibrating tables.
Throughout 2012 there has been considerable research and development at PolyCare's research base in Germany for a second generation Mass Assembly System (MAS) building block with greater load bearing capacity. These Z-Blocks have high insulation values, simpler interconnectivity and most importantly allow for multi-storey construction and this has led to further consequential development of stair systems, load bearing beams etc.
medaille goldZ-blocks have effectively widened the scope of buildings that can can be constructed using the MAS system to include not just relief shelters but also medium size houses and community centres as well as much more general use as commercial buildings. PolyCare will construct a two storey demonstration house in Gehlberg once the winter snows have subsided. However, underpinning all this development the MAS system retains all the same qualities and principles as before. Polymer concrete made at the construction site using locally available minerals with exceptional strength and durability that allow buildings to be constructed very quickly by unskilled staff.
bds schwarzLumino ® products also developed significantly during the period with exceptional high quality reliefs being produced in the forms of the "Flower of Life" and the most holy of Islamic scripts of "Bismillah"a particularly high quality calligraphic mural that has been enthusiastically received by many of our customers.
During the summer constructive discussions with a number of interested parties led to PolyCare developing a new licence and co-operation template for prospective country/region partners under a uniform PolyCare identity brand. PolyCare Research Technology UK Limited was followed in October by PolyCare TEK Limited Russia, based in Moscow. In the wider field PolyCare is now in active talks with more than 25 potential customers across almost as many countries.
russland delegationNovember saw significant progress with both awards and recognition for the MAS system. First, the Russian Academy of Sciences & Research Institute of Building Physics made an award to PolyCare citing "PolyCare's great contribution to the development of physics and building science." Secondly, at the 5th International Inventions Fair of the Middle East (IIFME) in Kuwait, both MAS and Lumino ® gained gold medals as well as MAS being specially honoured by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah with one of the two main prizes of the exhibition, receiving prize money of $10,000.
medailleIn the middle of the year we started the production and marketing of Lumino®-Stone. Parallel we worked on the development and manufacture of molds for the MAS components. In October we completed the preparations for the construction of our model house and started to build. While the invention fair in Nuremberg iENA 2011 during 27th to 30th of October we were able to show a portion of the building and demonstrate the Lumino products in its own darkroom. Both the MAS and Lumino were awarded a gold medal. We also received the prestigious "Gold Minds Award" by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society. Our model house was completed in time for the annual celebration of our opening on the 20th of November. In this month we were also honored by the trade association for the German Chemical Industry with the distinguished quality seal "Saftey with System".
lieberknecht dust 11Another special ceremony took place shortly afterwards. During a gala event at the Imperial Hall in Erfurt, where PolyCare received the Investment Price Bavaria / Thuringia of the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Economic BWA. During the subsequent exhibition "Innovation 2011" the Prime Minister of Thuringia Mrs. Lieberknecht visited the Polycare booth and showed deep interest in even details of the innovative products.
In the following month we have completed our production unity systematically, e.g., with conveyor technology, screw feeders, vibrating tables and other complementary elements.
In addition the establishment of a spray-line for releasing agent and gel coat came in December 2010. Parallel with all investigations and experiments for our research project we are proud to have created all technical conditions for the start of a mass production already in the first operational year. The official housewarming party took place on 20 November.