PolyCare Research Technology GmbH & Co. KG was founded under German law on 2/26/2010 and the business established at it’s headquarters in Gehlberg, Thuringia, Germany.
The aim of the company is industrial research into the applications of polymer concrete using new raw materials, technologies and production procedures for the construction industry. The objective is to find products with all of polymer concretes normal advantages, but that can be produced and constructed using readily available materials and constructed without the need for specialist skills.
The Vision is to develop materials and processes that will allow survivors of natural disasters to rapidly build serviceable replacement homes on site, quickly and cheaply, without the need for additional specialist help.
Undoubtedly, there is tremendous potential, especially in the construction industry for the various applications of polymer concrete products. The special physical and chemical characteristics of this material are well known, but have been largely ignored in the past due to its complexity and cost considerations.
For the past fourteen years, Gunther Plötner, PolyCare’s COO, has researched extensively with the development of new polymer concrete formulas, new products, and manufacturing processes. This has led to him securing numerous patents and utility models associated with the material all of which are proprietary components of PolyCare.
For example the production of polymer concrete with desert sand, and it’s use for wall and/or wall segments etc. Nevertheless the R&D process at PolyCare continues to develop both the new and exiting technologies following the vision of the company.
As noted above the main focus of our research is the construction of affordable, comfortable and long lasting accommodation in developing countries. There are two strands to this focus. On the one hand is the removal of miserable accommodation in shantytowns, while on the other hand it is to address rapid emergency relief from natural disasters that allows survivors and towns to recover quickly.
The PolyCare motto is to “A New Technology for a Better World” but it might also be “Helping others to help themselves.”
PolyCare can provide sustainable housing in a modular design. The process (production of the PolyCare concrete and forming into the necessary components) can be implemented on site by the local labour force and using locally available natural materials. The PolyCare product and design is so simple that it can be implemented without technical aids or specialized working knowledge. The final products are made for and by the local population and this provides them with a hope and motivation when so often they have nothing to look forward to.
The whole team at PolyCare are driven by the image of how helpful our project could be now in earthquake- ravaged Haiti and what could have happened had it been implemented a year ago. Undoubtedly, for a fraction of the money so far expended the quality of life would have been greatly enhanced for very many people and by now many thousands could and would be liveing in their own homes once more rather than still being on the streets.
To assist in the initial financing of this plan PolyCare has developed some initial products for the outdoor and horticulture markets. These are PolyCare technologies that are produced at our casting plant in parallel to our research activities. One outstanding product segment is the PolyCare Lumino® product line which offers for the first time luminescent surfaces on products used as walkways, boarders & edging, stepping stones, fountains and even decorative home-elements.
Dr. Gerhard Dust
Gerhard Dust started his career as junior clerk in the construction business. After service in the Air Force and Graduation from university, degrees in business management and macro economics, he worked as European Manager for an overseas consortium.
After an extra-occupational study and promotion at the University of Bayreuth he followed his family tradition and began working in the book industry. For more than 20 years dr. Dust has been in book distribution management, starting at AT K&V in Cologne from 1991-2008 being COO of Libri he was responsible for the planning, building, organizing and operating Libri’s Bad Hersfeld plant, earning a worldwide reputation for his knowledge and expertise in book logistics.
During these years he also was founder and general manager of the book transport company Booxpress GmbH and member of the board of Top Holding AG.
He was the Chairman of the International Group of Book Distributors 2005-2008 and in May 2007 he was being awarded the cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dr. Dust is married and father of one daughter.
- First real project and tangible results of applied solution Polycare.
- Where and for what specific purpose would other architects use this solution? Can we combine certain building plans for specific target groups e.g. fugitives?
- If we have these more standardized building solutions in place how do we set up the ‘delivery chain and governance’ to provide a ‘copy-paste’ solution including the material, architectural drawings as well as the implementation plan and support?