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Demoulding on of the first Polyblocks

In January, a meeting of major German housing associations took place in Frankfurt, in order to establish an initiative to create affordable housing in Africa on the occasion ofthe 100th anniversary celebrations of their existence. …


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Opening the Polycare Namibia production

The first months of the new year of 2018 were devoted to the final factory design for Namibia. The orders and preparations for the delivery of the complete production plant occupied almost all employees. The moulds were manufactured in the factory in Gehlberg, work processes were developed according to ISO 9001 for Namibia and the necessary tests for the general building authority approval were carried out in cooperation with testing laboratories. After a successful special fire test, the approval for the SADC (South African Development Community) region was granted in May. As this approval was a condition for operation in Namibia, the shipment of the plant to Windhoek could only be organised in June. Customs formalities, payment delays on the Namibian side, coordination problems with the suppliers and bottlenecks on the freight routes then considerably delayed the shipment. The highlight of the difficulties was a sea container that did not land in Walfisbay but in Capetown and could not be cleared for weeks because of this erroneous route. …


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The model house in Namibia was donated to the Namibian government and independently dismantled by the semi-skilled Namibian forces at the conference location in Windhoek and rebuilt as a donation for a needy 8-person family in Katatura. The floor plan was changed once again and additional MAS elements were supplied from Germany. The newly designed house was handed over to the Phillips family by the President of Namibia in a festive ceremony in February.

In March the Namibian Minister of Housing visited PolyCare in Gehlberg and concluded an MOU with the Thuringian government for the development of housing in Namibia. Further negotiations for the settlement of PolyCare in Namibia took place in the following months and in May the Thuringian Prime Minister visited the already realised house project in Katatura. In June, PolyCare built a show house as a “Garden Office” in Surrey, UK. In the same month, PolyCare was awarded the Material Prize in Stuttgart and prevailed against more than 270 competitors, some of them very prominent, from the fields of architecture and research. …

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To drive empowerment and circular economy, Polycare develops innovative construction technologies, that make sustainable habitats affordable.

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