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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.