TAMPA, FL – The Tampa-based manufacturer of soundproofing material has signed a joint 50-year agreement with a Saudi Arabian plastics manufacturer to produce and market its noise abatement product in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East.
The new joint Saudi Arabian venture, “Acoustiblok Mideast,” is the result of more than two years of research and negotiations, the value of which is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of US dollars.
Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok USA, and Acoustiblok USA Vice President Shawn Saathoff were in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in March to meet with Arabian Plastics Compound
(APC) President Fawaz Z. Al-Kaaki, and owner Prince Hussam Bin Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz to finalize the agreement.
Acoustiblok is an environmentally friendly sound-proofing material widely used in the United States and throughout the world to provide serious noise control in new and existing commercial, residential, and institutional buildings.
The thin, 1/8-inch (3 mm) flexible sheet material, added to a wall before drywalling, is engineered not to stop or absorb sound as others attempt to do, but to actually transform the sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from the sound waves. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok in a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches (305 mm) of poured concrete.
The initial cost of setting up production of Acoustiblok in Saudi Arabia is approximately 30 million US dollars (100 million Saudi riyals). According to the agreement, the Riyadh manufacturing facility will be operating by late 2009. Acoustiblok Mideast will target building projects in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East.
Johnson recognized the potential of the Mideast market after he and Saathoff first visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the U.S. Saudi Arabian Business Council and the US Commerce Department two years ago.
“Clearly our product will improve the lives of people in Saudi Arabia and the Mid East where privacy is considered a very important part of their culture.” Johnson said.
Acoustiblok also allows for much lighter (compared to concrete) wall assembly, which increases the potential height of a building and the speed of construction.
With noise pollution now being recognized as a source of serious health issues, Johnson’s Acoustiblok material is being sought by people all over the world.
In Saudi Arabia, Arab News stated “Acoustiblok will revolutionize building technics throughout the Mid East, while allowing a more harmonious lifestyle as people are living ever closer together.”
Available internationally, Acoustiblok was awarded the John Connell Award for Technology by the United Kingdom’s Noise Abatement Society. Judges hailed Acoustiblok as “A revolutionary step in noise abatement for both the workplace and the home.”
The award was presented at the British House of Commons by Lord Whitty of Camberwell, parliamentary under secretary for the Department for Environment, who stated, “Tackling noise pollution is a priority for [our] government and also for the public. I believe that we should do all we can to encourage and reward innovative approaches, such as this one, to better control noise.”
With more than 35 years experience in the aerospace and audio industries, Johnson’s passion for inventing solutions for acoustical and environmental problems led him to develop Acoustiblok, which is manufactured in the USA.
“Expending acoustic energy, as Acoustiblok does, is vastly superior to conventional methods and more economical,” Johnson said. “It’s also easier to install than sound abatement products that attempt to stop or block sound with a rigid material.”
Johnson’s commitment to research and development of environmental problems has produced leading-edge noise abatement and energy conservation solutions recognized by the building and construction industry throughout the world.
During the signing ceremony, Acoustiblok also introduced its innovative new US made thermal insulation product, Thermablok®. Launched specifically for the incredibly hot
Arab climate, Thermablok is now available for use in building construction and energy efficient retrofits in the United States.
Developed in conjunction with NASA, Thermablok aerogel technology is the highest insulating material known to exist. According to United States Department of Energy tests, adding just one, ¼-inch (6.35 mm) strip to each stud before installing the drywall can prevent thermal bridging, increasing the wall R-value more than 40-percent.
Aerogel technology, recently featured on the Science Channel’s Ecopolis program, is expected to be a prime energy conservation component in cities of the future.
“The future is here now,” Johnson said about Thermablok. “This is the ultimate in energy conservation. It doesn’t get any greener, and the timing is perfect”
For more information on Thermablok, go to www.thermablok.com.
Acoustiblok, a pioneer in sound-proofing and thermal technologies for commercial, institutional, and multi-family construction is a member of the AIA, AES, ASA, and CEDIA.