ABT Insulpanel Limited is a Canadian Manufacturer of Machinery that produces Compressed Agricultural Fibre (CAF) panels,
a low cost alternative construction material made from agricultural waste that is suitable for load bearing walls. The panels are combined with steel channel, bolts and other materials to form kits used for building permanent houses. ABT’s business model is to form joint ventures in developing countries with low cost housing needs and to source all raw materials and labour within those countries. As part of their operations, ABT purchases fibre wastes such as wheat straw from farmers who would otherwise have to dispose of it, thereby turning excess waste into an additional cash crop.
ABT is currently operational within Ghana, Nigeria, The Philippines and Myanmar with developing projects in Guyana, Cuba, Cambodia and Singapore. ABT panels are manufactured using a sustainable technology that creates cash crops for farmers and are assembled in housing kits that rapidly deployable, enabling ABT to enter into markets relatively risk free. The initial target market is lower middle income housing and housing for government employees as well as schools and medical clinics in rural areas. ABT is able to serve this market by supplying an environmentally sustainable building product at far below market prices, while creating new sources of revenues for farmers.
In August of 2015, ABT signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Ekopanely sro of The Czech Republic to develop markets in Myanmar, The Philippines, Ghana and Nigeria.