Model T of mass housing

The Model T of mass housing - moladi

The mass production techniques Henry Ford championed in the automotive industry, lean production and lean assembly, is what our CEO, Hennie Botes is focused on implementing in affordable mass housing in order to eliminate waste, speed up production resulting in cost reduction

moladi - Mass Housing Construction System

Hennie Botes - CEO of moladi - Ford Model T
Hennie Botes - CEO of moladi - Ford Model T
Mr Hennie Botes, CEO of moladi, talks about solving the housing problem in developing countries and helping relieving poverty, through the use of a reusable, recyclable and lightweight plastic formwork mold.
moladi approaches building construction as a "Production Line" similar to that of the automotive industry. "One of the important principles under a lean production paradigm is termed "lean assembly". This refers to simplifying the process of assembly through industrialisation, modularisations, standardisation, and continuous flow processes. The reduction of operations required for a production process means less chance of the occurrence of errors, waste and rework. This follows from the same logic that the fewer the number of operations, the higher the quality of the product and a predictive timeline, resulting in cost savings."

The application of the moladi technology is not dependant on skilled labour and is especially suited for repetitive housing schemes to enable community involvement as well as the individual to obtain their own home. The injection moulded formwork is lightweight and robust, allowing for easy transportation and speedy assembly. The precision components are interlocking to produce easy to handle panels which can be re-used 50 times; making the technology cost effective due to this repetitive application scheme. moladi provides for a realistic modern alternative in overcoming the widespread misuse of scarce materials, particularly timber, by introducing a system that combines moladi with other indigenous materials, which are suitable for easy handling. 

It all comes down to efficiency of producing a cost effective, socially acceptable wall for people (knock test), then fixing all the other components, like door, windows, roof, ceiling, bathroom fixtures etc., onto the "chassis" (the wall). So in reality, who can produce a wall on a stand the quickest, and millions of them? We simply use a cost per square meter of a wall (chassis) on a foundation (in position), ready for "assembly" as a yardstick of efficiency. This is method compares "Apples to Apples"?

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