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Saudi Arabia's housing ministry approves 3D-printed concrete deal

Riyadh-based Al Kathiri Holding Company has been cleared to use Italian concrete 3D-printing tech for ministry projects

Saudi's housing ministry has approved using 3D-printed concrete for its projects [representational image].
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Saudi's housing ministry has approved using 3D-printed concrete for its projects [representational image].

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing has approved a deal that will permit Al Kathiri Holding Company to produce and use 3D-printed concrete for ministry projects, days after it signed an agreement with Italian construction technology outfit Emmedue.

A subsidiary of the Saudi building materials supplier, Alain Industries Co, had received approval from Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Housing use 3D printed concrete in the projects it works on for the ministry.

In an update on Saudi Arabia’s stock market, Tadawul, the company said ministerial approval came after Alain Industries Co and Emmedue signed an agreement relating to machinery used to manufacture 3D printed concrete.

Using 3D printed concrete on housing ministry projects could cut construction costs and time, Al Kathiri said in a previous Tadawul missive announcing its Emmedue deal. 3D printing would also allow architects and building designers to come up with increasingly flexible concepts that are not restricted by the rigidity of traditional concrete slabs.

Saudi Arabia's government is rapidly adopting 'disruptive' building technologies, such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality, to spur construction and modernise its infrastructure under the Vision 2030 agenda.

In November 2018, Saudi Arabia's first 3D-printed house was completed in five days in Riyadh. The project was carried out to test the concept and encourage the kingdom’s private sector to use modern building tools. 

The ministry followed up its efforts by handing over the second batch of residential units built using “modern construction techniques” by property developer Alhakmiah Holding this February.

Saudi Arabia’s housing minister, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, delivered the homes as part of the Al Wajiha project in Dammam – the same development within which the kingdom developed its first 48-hour home.

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