PE based moladi in UAE


Back in September 2012, JLL, a global property consultancy, said the Mena did require 3.5 million "affordable" houses. Developers have been targeting the high end market and not focusing on launching development for the lower or middle income market.

Through creative engineering and sophisticated manufacturing, moladi aims to advance living standards and spaces affordably. moladi is an advanced building technology that utilises an innovative re-usable plastic formwork system to reduce the required skills to produce quality affordable homes and other structures that are socially acceptable by speeding up delivery and thus reducing cost.

By emulating the methodology of the automotive assembly line, moladi implements the principles applied by Henry Ford; reducing cost by increasing production output by de-skilling the production operation, making homes affordable.

Precast vs. Insitu

Due to the lack of skills and magnitude of the backlog, the norm in the past was to erect precast plants to produce panels that are transported to site by trailers. A crane is then used to lift the panels onto the cast insitu foundation, after which the precast elements had to be connected to each other and finished off to produce a smooth wall. This is an expensive and time consuming process, not addressing the need for mass low cost homes.

The most significant advantage moladi has over the precast industry is the fact that one does not need huge upfront capital to invest in a plant. This number can be as high as Twenty million Euro (€ 20 million) and can take up to three years before the first panel is produced. With moladi, the investment in the "plant" is the formwork and this can be as little as $20,000 and can be operational on site within a month or two depending on shipping times.

The other major advantages of moladi as a "plant" over the use of traditional precast plants, was highlighted during the conference - moladi can be moved from location to a new location simply and easily by truck, and depending on distance, in a day. Should the quantity of homes required increase, so can the number of "moulds" be increased to keep pace with the production schedule.

The cost of the investment in a moladi "plant" can be written off for as little as 10 homes or villas. It is obviously not feasible to invest and erect a precast plant to produce 10 units. It was highlighted during the conference that the moladi formwork construction technology does not need the expensive investment of cranes on site.

Hennie has been tasked by various developers in the region to compile a costing on the units currently being supplied as "precast" in order to verify the advantages of moladi versus precast. Should this prove viable the moladi construction technology will be implemented to produce homes to address the backlog of one million homes in the region.