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Saudi Arabia concrete maker inks 3D printing tech deal with Italy firm

Emmedue has been picked to deliver 3D-printed concrete tech and training to Al Kathiri Holding's subsidiary, Alian Industry Co

Saudi's Al Kathiri has entered a 3D printing deal with Italy's Emmedue [representational image].
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Saudi's Al Kathiri has entered a 3D printing deal with Italy's Emmedue [representational image].

Saudi Arabia's Al Kathiri Holding has signed an agreement with Italian construction technology company Emmedue to increase its 3D-printed concrete capabilities.

According to a statement on the Saudi bourse, Tadawul, the non-binding memorandum of understanding signed by Al Kathiri subsidiary Alian Industry Co relates to the transfer of 3D-printed concrete panelling technology by buying “machinery and equipment for the process of manufacturing”.

The six-month agreement also covers the transfer of expertise, processing, and training of employees. Staff will be trained in processes relating to manufacturing and construction.

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Fano-based Emmedue, according to Al Kathiri's Tadawul missive, develops technology that can cut construction costs and time, as well as offer flexibility and allow the application of “modern architectural designs”.

Al Kathiri added that Emmedue technology would also help it achieve “the highest standards of acoustic and thermal insulation” with its 3D-printed products.  

Wholly owned by Al Kathiri Holding, Alian Industry produces and sells ready-made concrete. Al Kathiri said its agreement stems from its interest to search for the “best and most modern methods of construction” that allow for time and cost efficiencies.

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