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About The Road Packer Group

How we started

In 1990, RoadPacker began initial market research in Australia into the field of chemical soil stabilisation. The research identified a market for this type of product, within a road construction and maintenance industry that was spending billions of dollars each year. At local, as well as national levels - many administrations/governments were spending as much as 50% of their entire budget on roads. Aided by the advances in chemical technology during the last 30 (plus) years, ongoing research led to the development of a new chemical soil stabiliser called RoadPacker Plus.

RoadPacker Project

A similar roadpacker type product had previously been developed in America in the 1960s but had never been successfully launched into the road construction industry - until some 25 years later when a revival of interest in the product occurred. RoadPacker identified the potential opportunity this product presented (as an alternative method of low cost road construction for rural and development areas) and set about financing a programme of experimentation and development. This resulted in the creation of the chemical soil stabiliser product that we call RoadPacker Plus. This works through the process of ionic exchange when mixed with water, to increase compaction and soil density - increasing particle interlock and the bearing strength of the road. The process of ionic exchange is permanent and ongoing research has resulted in enhanced product performance - through the addition of extra chemical binders and waterproofers.

The primary target market for RoadPacker Plus was the major road construction authorities - those typically being town and City Governments and State Departments of Transport & Main Roads. The government sector of the market also now extended to many other secondary market target departments like National Parks and Wildlife Services, Electricity Authorities, Telecom, Defence Forces, Forestry Departments, Harbours and Port Authorities etc. Whilst those type of authorities were unlikely to be as significant potential product users as the road construction authorities - they nevertheless represented a significant cumulative secondary market segment and therefore well worth cultivating.

The commercial sector of what was then the perceived market was also large - represented by mining and timber companies for haul and access roads. There was also property development companies and civil contractors laying roads, parking lots, sub-divisions and other smooth playing surfaces. There was also a definite market in the agriculture sector for access roads, dam wall stabilisation and erosion control. Whilst basing its marketing strategy on its soil stabilisation product (for which there was perceived to be the greatest need) - RoadPacker began developing additional chemical products for treating soils, road surfaces and road sub grades.

Gatehouse Comparison

In August 1993, RoadPacker launched a new dust suppressant product. Subsequent further research resulted in identifying an improved chemical solution that would provide binding and stabilisation in fine sands and silts. And ultimately, through this diligent research programme, we came up with a product solution that we call RoadBond and we're happy to report that it proved to be every bit as successful as RoadPacker Plus With this brace of world leading products out on the streets and a slew of other products under development - RoadPacker was therefore well placed to go forward. Inevitably, it requires a great deal of testing and trialling of any new products to convince the road engineering community to buy into our new low cost method of road construction and soil stabilization. And this very challenge was to be the driver behind the next phase of our development into a global player.

The Canada Experience

In late 1995 - RoadPacker International set up headquarters in Canada. Based in Calgary, Alberta - an initial period of market research identified that the condition of some of the Canadian gravel roads was as bad as any found in the developing nations of the world. Like anywhere else, in Canada the disparate calls on the public purse often meant that there were never enough tax dollars around to maintain an effective and efficient road system to serve the community - particularly in the rural areas. Because of the extreme winters the Calgary region and Canada in general are prone to - the resultant devastating damage to the road network continually eats up a substantial part of the City’s budget. It also creates extreme demands on the elected Aldermen of Calgary (politicians) just trying to keep up with the ever increasing cost of the annual maintenance of the roads and streets. Within that financial dilemma lay an opportunity that RoadPacker International sought to exploit.

A rural road under snow

In March 1996, the local Calgary newspaper carried an article by a Calgary City Alderman expressing annoyance at the ever increasing yearly amounts of money that needed to be found for construction of new roads and the maintenance of the existing ones. RoadPacker International contacted the Alderman to make him aware of the existence and proven success of soil stabilisation products as an alternative method of low cost road construction - with consequent significant reduction in recurring heavy maintenance costs. The Calgary Alderman instigated a research project to investigate the effectiveness of these claims, led by the Calgary engineering department, headed up by a materials and research engineer.

Initial tests conducted in the laboratory with soils from within the City limits were inconclusive at first. However, the situation improved when we obtained additional technical supporting evidence for the City - through a research report from South Africa called "Towards Successful Soil Stabilisation - Treatment of Local Materials for Road Building Research Report RR 93/286." The authors of the report were acknowledged authorities in the use of soil stabilisation products for Ionic Soil Stabilisation in South Africa and over a six or seven year period had studied the use of soil stabilisation products for road repair and construction in detail - thereby gaining a much better insight to the problem and likely solutions. Their report had been commissioned by the Director General, Department of Transportation in Pretoria and conducted by the government research laboratory CSIR - which is a division of their Roads and Transportation Department. The published results of the research in this report is one of only a few definitive documents in existence dealing with this subject. The report was hailed as a prelude to a protocol for the international engineering fraternity to establish this as a standard specification for the use of soil stabilisation products as an alternative low cost method of road construction.

An urban road gradually clearing of snow

RoadPacker International was able to arrange to road-test a section of public road within the Calgary City limits. A prominent international construction company was used to treat the designated section of road in September 1996 and we then left it to weather the bitter Calgary winter. Eight months later when the snows cleared, the road was found to be still in excellent condition - incidentally having gone through the worst recorded winter in Calgary's history. What a testament to our product! As a result of that significant success in Calgary, RoadPacker International has gone on to stabilise many more such roads Canada and in some 30 other countries around the world - for sub-grade and surface stabilisation.

Low Cost Housing

Under the group title of The RoadPacker Group, RoadPacker International expanded its sphere of operations into the complementary area of Low Cost Housing International. Utilising the soil stabilisation skills we'd accumulated over the years - we researched and developed a unique new form of Stabilisation Technology with the Stabilisation of Compacted Earth Bricks and launched another new product called RoadPacker Clay Brick Stabiliser. This when mixed with the local soil, can then be compacted in a custom designed machine to produce a unique profile interlocking brick for use in the construction of Low Cost Housing.

BioRemediation Technology Solutions

In continuing to explore and develop new products for The RoadPacker Group - in 2013 we identified a unique formulation of Bioremediation technology in partnership with some leading European scientists that harnesses the power of natural micro-organisms to clean-up toxic environmental situations. For example if you have a contamination or pollution problem directly related to oil spills, mining and/or exploration activities or excessive cattle and/or farming activities, then RPG Fullcrhum BioRemediation Technology Solutions (FBTS) may provide the solution.

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