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First things first, let’s get the ques­tion about our name out of the way. We know it’s an unusu­al name, but there is method to our mad­ness. Our name is pro­nounced bough-teks” (rhymes with cow-tex). In a nod to the Euro­pean her­itage of insulating concrete forms (ICF), we chose to incor­po­rate the Ger­man word root Bau” into our name, which means con­struc­tion” or build­ing.” So, togeth­er with tex”, the name Bau­tex” is means construction technologies of Texas.”

Bautex Systems, LLC is a Texas-based man­u­fac­tur­er focused on devel­op­ing build­ing sys­tems and prod­ucts that sim­pli­fy design and con­struc­tion while deliv­er­ing supe­ri­or per­for­mance.

History of Composite ICF

Build­ing con­struc­tion using con­crete has been far more com­mon in Europe than in the Unit­ed States over the last 50 years, so it is no sur­prise that inno­va­tions in con­crete con­struc­tion would start in Europe. In the 1940s, two Swiss inven­tors with Durisol AG devel­oped a wood fiber and cement com­pos­ite block using treat­ed recy­cled wood fibers. These blocks were used as stay-in-place form­work for pour­ing insu­lat­ed con­crete walls. They obtained their first U.S. patent in 1957.

In the late 1960s, the Aus­tri­an com­pa­ny RAS­TRA® used the expand­ed poly­styrene (EPS) and cement com­pos­ite devel­oped by BASF to cre­ate a sim­i­lar stay-in-place con­crete form, but with sig­nif­i­cant­ly more insu­lat­ing ben­e­fits. The RAS­TRA insu­lat­ing con­crete forms expand­ed in use through­out Europe, Africa and the Mid­dle East, and was ini­tial­ly intro­duced to the U.S. mar­ket at the end of the 20th cen­tu­ry.

Tested Solution, Better Technology

The speed, cost and per­for­mance ben­e­fits of com­pos­ite ICF were very clear to the devel­op­ers of Bau­tex Block, how­ev­er the tra­di­tion­al method of man­u­fac­tur­ing the blocks was expen­sive and did not pro­vide the scale of pro­duc­tion nec­es­sary to be com­mer­cial­ly viable.

In 2008, Bau­tex began devel­op­ing a faster, more accu­rate, and less expen­sive way to make a com­pos­ite ICF prod­uct. The result was a ful­ly auto­mat­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing process that pro­duces 1,600% more prod­uct than pre­vi­ous tech­nol­o­gy with 25% of the man­u­fac­tur­ing per­son­nel. Prod­uct accu­ra­cy, con­sis­ten­cy, and qual­i­ty con­trol also enabled Bau­tex to achieve build­ing code recog­ni­tion from inter­na­tion­al code author­i­ties. Bau­tex has received five U.S. patents on the process for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pos­ite ICF blocks.

Bautex Enters the Southern U.S. Market

After sev­er­al years of devel­op­ment, Bau­tex set up man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions at a new facil­i­ty in San Mar­cos, Texas start­ing in March 2013. Bau­tex now serves com­mer­cial, gov­ern­ment, and res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion mar­kets in Texas and the South­ern Unit­ed States from its man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty in the heart of the great State of Texas.