Today Andy Chew, General Manager of Elmich in Singapore, stopped by our offices on his way towards Greenbuild next week. We’ll be sharing booth number 189 with them at the show. Elmich is our partner in all things VGM, our modular living wall system. We had a chance to discuss some of the installations that they have been working on, our advances using the hybrid trellis concept, and the future of development of the VGM system.
They have recently signed the contract for the Solaris project in Singapore, which will feature a VGM system climbing the full height of a 24-story skyscraper! It promises to be truly spectacular. They’ve gained the confidence of the design community by having project after project go in successfully (and sustainably!). They’ve developed some unique irrigation elements that we may be bringing to the U.S. soon. Andy estimated that they’ve installed nearly 5000 sq. meters of VGM in SE Asia thus far.
We also discussed options for the upcoming third-generation of VGM modules. Most of you will be pleased to hear that the sides and the back will be fully plantable! The top will be easily removable, and the full frame set will be replaced with corner braces that attach to the rails. We also believe that the system will be able to be sold at a price close to 15-20% below the current price for the VGM modular living wall system. There is still a fair amount of development left, along with extensive testing. We’re anticipating release sometime midway through next year.