ZMB Braun Inc. presented a larger-than-normal (in the U.S.) clay masonry block (11 5/8 inch x 7 5/8 inch) with a higher-than-normal core-hole fraction (46%) – a stiff-extruded product made on a Steele 40 at Taylor Clay Products Inc. This insulating clay masonry unit could provide the American market with a new product geared to sustainability and energy conservation. ZMB Braun will be running brickyard tests with two versions, one with 30% open area and one with 40%, to ascertain their production feasibility on existing lines. The block’s market approval is being pursued at the same time.
The newly established company ZMB Braun Inc. introduced itself to North American brick people at the 2009 Clemson Forum. The U.S. subsidiary of German diemaker Braun GmbH recently acquired a production facility near Greensboro, where they intend to produce extrusion dies. The engineering will be from Germany.