Exposed bricks, a project that aims to revolutionize Cuban constructions

Exposed bricks, a project that aims to revolutionize Cuban constructions

HAVANA, Feb. 15th.  The Argentine businessman Juan Margrina is happy to have found in Las Tunas the ideal place to install his exposed brick factories.also called Caravistas, through a contract with the importing and exporting company Agroint.

Living in Havana for many years, Margrina says she is very satisfied with what has been achieved so far and reflects on the characteristics of this province and its people, after having traveled through Cuba in search of the opportunity to develop her business, with subsidiaries in his own country and Nicaragua.

Exposed bricks, a project that aims to revolutionize Cuban constructions

Margrina shows the model of the exposed brick production plant at the Industry and Commerce Fair.

“The bricks we manufacture reduce the cost of construction by almost 50 percent, and contribute to caring for the environment because they are completely ecological; Both the production system and the material with which they are made are one hundred percent natural; Only water, soil and organic matter are used for its production, with minimal energy consumption.

“It is a brick that is glued with lime. The machine produces 20 thousand units in eight hours and does not need spraying once used in any project. The buildings also have the advantage that the walls and vaulted ceilings made of this material reduce the temperature by almost eight degrees.

“This can contribute to food production, because pigs, poultry or cattle raised in these conditions are in better health due to the low temperatures and, consequently, the yield is higher.”

An example of buildings with exposed brick. Margrina claims that brick is the oldest piece of ceramic in the world. Europe is built with specimens that are 1,500 years old, and in Havana, they are 400 years old.

It aims to follow that type of tradition and with high-end manufacturing, plus the added value of the notable reduction in electrical expenditure. “The equipment we are installing only consumes 40 kilowatt hours to manufacture 10 thousand units, unlike the current ones, which need 2.5 megawatts to complete that amount.

“I have spoken with professionals who design hotels in Cuba and they assured me that when we start production they will take this into account in their proposals.

It is in Las Tunas where we will first build our plants and export through Agroint. A good part of the profit will stay here, in addition to multiplying the source of work with qualified labor.

“With one of these facilities we can manufacture 15 thousand bricks weekly and 60 thousand monthly.”

The technology that Margrina’s company works with is called biotech – biotechnology in construction – and among its most notable values is that when gluing with lime, the cement savings are absolute. This businessman’s dreams grow in these strengths, such as the idea of building pig centers 100% with exposed brick, including the floor and vaulted ceiling.