Southeast Asia-based Siam Cement Group (SCG), one of the largest cement companies in the world, is now a distributor of COBOD 3D construction printers in Thailand and beyond. SCG previously used other printers to experiment with concrete 3D printing and produce various prototypes but the company has now turned to COBOD as means to increase large-scale production capabilities.
COBOD International, the current market leader in 3D construction printing solutions, provided 3D construction printers to several of the highest-profile 3D printed buildings presented in 2021 and 2022, including buildings by PERI, Printed Farms and 14 Trees. The Siam Cement Public Company Limited is the largest and oldest cement and building material company in Thailand and Southeast Asia. SCG is also ranked among the largest companies in Thailand and among the 1.000 largest public companies in the world by Forbes with a 12bn$ revenue in 2020 and almost 54,000 employees.
SCG is now ready to take the lead in the Southeast Asia region by transforming the construction sector facilitated by COBOD’s 3D construction printers. The first step follows that SCG for years has been making prototypes and buildings using other printers but has now decided to turn to the leading 3D construction printer with the most in-depth market experience and proceeded to acquire the COBOD printer.
Abhijit Datta, Managing Director, SCG International said: “3D construction printers have been widely used in many parts of the world with excellent results. The technology helps reduce waste and increase construction times with foolproof simulation with minimal numbers of laborers. This is the starting point of this collaboration with COBOD International A/S. Together, we will improve Thailand’s construction market with the future expectation of extending cooperation in the ASEAN. With our regional expertise and domestic solid business alliance relationship, we are ready to assist our partner in achieving long-term success.” SCG will be gaining additional know-how in the coming months and develop a dedicated sales channel in the 3DCP segment.
Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD said: “We are very proud that Siam Cement Group has chosen to become a partner with us. The fact that Siam Cement has now invested in a 3D printer from us and even want to exclusively distribute our printers is a sign of great conviction in the future potential of 3DCP technology – a positive trend we have seen among cement and concrete manufacturers across all continents over the last 6-9 months.”
Simon Klint Bergh, Head of Asia Pacific at COBOD continued: “Considering only the past 6 months we have seen orders in this segment from Europe, Latin America – and now Asia. Engagement is coming from both global giants but also regional or local players. Overall, among the manufacturers of concrete and cement there is an acceptance and true belief that 3DCP is going to play a vital role for the industry in the years to come. We are thrilled now to be able to count Siam Cement as one of our partners. “It is well-known that COBOD already has co-operations with other cement makers, including Holcim which is doing the materials for the GE Renewable Energy project with COBOD regarding extra tall 3D printed wind turbine towers, and with Holcim’s daughter company 14 Trees involving printing of schools and houses in Africa. With CEMEX COBOD recently announced the co-development of the world’s first Generation2 real concrete material for 3D construction printing, which is a game-changer in terms of cost making 3D construction printing very price competitive compared to conventional building technologies and methods.