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Introducing robotics to European construction sites
Photo: FBR Ltd

A Swabian and an Australian manufacturer are cooperating in the development of mobile masonry robots. It is already being used on Australian construction sites and is now to be used in other countries. mThe masonry robot Hadrian from the Australian company FBR reaches the work site via a telescopic arm that is mounted on a truck.

The technology company FBR Ltd. and Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH have signed a contract to work together on the further development of a masonry robot. The robot with the name Hadrian is considered one of the most advanced construction robots and has already proven its skills on spacious Australian construction sites. As the world's first mobile robot, it can take over the complete masonry work of an entire building outdoors. According to Liebherr, the robot works very precisely and at high speed. The robot has already built its first buildings in Australia, and further pilot programs with customers in various countries are planned for the coming months.

Two-stage cooperation

The cooperation with FBR consists of two phases. The first phase focuses on the further development of the robot to series production so that the next generation of the robot can be commercially marketed and successfully operated. With its experience in the industrialization of construction machinery, Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH will support the development.

Once the product is ready for series production and operational, a long-term manufacturing and commercialization agreement can be signed by both parties. With this transition to the second phase of the agreement, the focus shifts to mass-producing the robot and preparing for market entry. The agreement is valid for a minimum of two years or until a long-term manufacturing and commercialization agreement is reached.

Automation on field and time-cutting technology

"Liebherr and FBR share a common vision to significantly increase the safety, sustainability and efficiency of the construction industry," said Mike Pivac, FBR's Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. "Both companies have recognized that the digitization and automation of processes on the construction site are the key factors in realizing this vision."

is an Australian company focused on developing automation solutions in the construction industry. The company develops dynamically stabilized robots designed to work outdoors.

Dr Karl Westermann, head of design and development product area concrete pumps at Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, emphasized that the cooperation "with one of the pioneers in robot construction in the construction sector" shows that the Liebherr Group is continuously researching new technologies. Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH is a global manufacturer and supplier of concrete mixing plants, concrete pumps and ready-mix concrete truck mixers. The company belongs to the Liebherr Group and is based in Bad Schussenried, Germany.

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Introducing robotics to European construction sites
Photo: FBR Ltd

A Swabian and an Australian manufacturer are cooperating in the development of mobile masonry robots. It is already being used on Australian construction sites and is now to be used in other countries. mThe masonry robot Hadrian from the Australian company FBR reaches the work site via a telescopic arm that is mounted on a truck.

The technology company FBR Ltd. and Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH have signed a contract to work together on the further development of a masonry robot. The robot with the name Hadrian is considered one of the most advanced construction robots and has already proven its skills on spacious Australian construction sites. As the world's first mobile robot, it can take over the complete masonry work of an entire building outdoors. According to Liebherr, the robot works very precisely and at high speed. The robot has already built its first buildings in Australia, and further pilot programs with customers in various countries are planned for the coming months.

Two-stage cooperation

The cooperation with FBR consists of two phases. The first phase focuses on the further development of the robot to series production so that the next generation of the robot can be commercially marketed and successfully operated. With its experience in the industrialization of construction machinery, Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH will support the development.

Once the product is ready for series production and operational, a long-term manufacturing and commercialization agreement can be signed by both parties. With this transition to the second phase of the agreement, the focus shifts to mass-producing the robot and preparing for market entry. The agreement is valid for a minimum of two years or until a long-term manufacturing and commercialization agreement is reached.

Automation on field and time-cutting technology

"Liebherr and FBR share a common vision to significantly increase the safety, sustainability and efficiency of the construction industry," said Mike Pivac, FBR's Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. "Both companies have recognized that the digitization and automation of processes on the construction site are the key factors in realizing this vision."

is an Australian company focused on developing automation solutions in the construction industry. The company develops dynamically stabilized robots designed to work outdoors.

Dr Karl Westermann, head of design and development product area concrete pumps at Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, emphasized that the cooperation "with one of the pioneers in robot construction in the construction sector" shows that the Liebherr Group is continuously researching new technologies. Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH is a global manufacturer and supplier of concrete mixing plants, concrete pumps and ready-mix concrete truck mixers. The company belongs to the Liebherr Group and is based in Bad Schussenried, Germany.