Dubai, UAE | Nov 12, 2018 -The construction industry in the Middle East is booming, with multi-billion dollar investments being made by both public and private sector entities in the region. There is also a rising proclivity towards uniquely shaped buildings that are not only of great architectural value, but can also become tourist landmarks. The gulf countries are looking outwards for technological innovations, in order to meet this growing demand for bold architectural statements.
One of the beneficiaries of this pro-technology stance has been a Danish company called Adapa, who has carved a niche for itself in the Middle East. Over the past few years, the company has been engaging with various market leaders in the gulf countries, trying to gain a foothold in the region. Adapa caught its first big break with the Kuwait International Airport project, where it supplied 85 reconfigurable moulds to the principal contractor Limak Holding, for the construction of the new terminal. The company has enjoyed considerable success since then. Today, they are working with household names like Arabtec, Reckli and Advance Fibreglass Industries, assisting them on some turn-key projects.
“We have a very positive outlook on the Middle East market, because it has time and again displayed its resilience by rising from the throes of economic instability, even when the rest of the world had written it off. What’s more, this is one of the most progressive and forward-thinking markets when it comes to architectural innovation. Not to mention, the sheer volume of construction work being carried out here is exponentially more than anywhere else in the world. This presents us with the opportunity to shape the architectural landscape of tomorrow.” said Founder and COO of Adapa, Christian Raun.
Adapa has been a vocal advocate of free-form architecture. Its Adaptive MouldTM technology allows engineers to create single and double-curved panels, without breaking the bank. “Gone are the days of box-shaped buildings. Today’s architects are inspired by nature and want to introduce free-forming asymmetry into their designs. We share their vision and we want to help them transform their futuristic designs into reality using our moulds.” added Raun.
The company is using its Dubai office as a base to run operations across UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and is looking to expand to other countries in the region as well. It also has plans to bolster its operations through strategic acquisitions in the region.
Adapa was conceived in the summer of 2010 in Aalborg, Denmark. The founders were fuelled by the desire to transcend the limits of traditional architecture, and sought to give the world more contemporary designs that are befitting of the 21st century. Over the course of the past decade, the idea grew from having a simpler and streamlined modular mould production method for various types of surfaces, to the advanced Adaptive MouldTM technology that the company has today.
The Adaptive MouldTM is a state-of-the-art robotic technology that leverages lean manufacturing principles, to produce double-curved and single-curved panels. The reconfigurable or adaptive nature of this mould allows it to create non-repetitive shapes with lower production costs and effort. Adapa’s Research & Engineering division is continually re-imagining how materials are formed and is striving to incorporate those capabilities into its moulds. The scope and possibilities using the Adaptive MouldTM are endless. So far, it has been used to fabricate everything from the facades of a national museum to thermoformed panels of racing boats.