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Founded Year

1899

Stage

Acq - Pending | Acquired

Valuation

$0000 

Revenue

$0000 

About Forterra

Forterra is a manufacturer of pipe and precast products by sales volume in the United States and Eastern Canada for a variety of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution and drainage. The company provides critical infrastructure components for a broad spectrum of construction projects across residential, non-residential and infrastructure markets. Its extensive suite of end-to-end products covers "the First Mile to the Last Mile" of the water infrastructure grid, ranging from large diameter pipe that transports water to and from treatment centers and manages drainage along major transportation corridors, to smaller diameter pipe that delivers potable water to, and removes wastewater from, end users in residential and commercial settings.

Headquarters Location

511 E John Carpenter Freeway

Irving, Texas, 75062,

United States

469-458-7973

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Forterra Patents

Forterra has filed 5 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • concrete
  • building engineering
  • climbing equipment
patents chart

Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

3/26/2020

5/23/2023

Concrete, Fluid dynamics, Plasticizers, Greyhawk modules, Building engineering

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Application Date

3/26/2020

Grant Date

5/23/2023

Title

Related Topics

Concrete, Fluid dynamics, Plasticizers, Greyhawk modules, Building engineering

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Grant

Latest Forterra News

RRAI Rebrands As Forterra, Targets Defense And Commercial Markets

Feb 20, 2024

I first rode in a self-driving vehicle in 1991. Haven’t looked back. You'll be asked to sign into your Forbes account. Got it Forterra Robotic Research Autonomous Industries (RRAI) announced today that it has changed its name to Forterra to emphasize its focus on delivering ground-based autonomy systems in both the defense and commercial sectors. Forterra, based in Clarksburg, Maryland with a workforce of 270 employees, was founded in the early 2000’s when automated driving was in a nascent stage. After carving out a significant reputation for military-oriented ground autonomy, they entered the commercial automated driving space late last decade. “Since our founding over 20 years ago, we have been focused on the deployment of groundbreaking autonomy systems,” Forterra CEO Josh Araujo said. “Our rebrand to Forterra represents who we are today, while reflecting our history and the mission that drives us. We exist to empower people and their missions—regardless of the environment.” Setting themselves apart from the crowded space of over-the-road driverless trucking, Forterra’s autonomous truck capabilities are being applied to military vehicles and off-road, on-property commercial trucks. Forterra says this enables them to avoid the regulatory risks faced by robotaxi and on-highway driverless trucking firms. Operating in off-road environments, they expect a quicker trajectory to profitable growth than competitors. “Forterra’s approach, with defense as our priority, puts our AutoDrive® autonomy platform front and center in handling the hardest conditions,” Araujo added. “We are confident in the DoD’s focus in this area and our business model sets us apart from our competitors which gives us the financial stability to innovate and grow.” MORE FOR YOU A Key Incubator Leading To The Real Deal: DOD Autonomy Programs The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has been developing uncrewed ground vehicles since (at least) the 1980’s. Various DoD programs in the intervening years served to bolster academic research in a big way, with the DARPA Challenge being a pivotal catalyst to bring us to where we are today. Many of today’s leaders in commercial autonomy benefitted from that impetus during their graduate school years and went on to found startups in commercial autonomy. In parallel, a small number of engineering companies worked to transition research-based tech to hardened military assets. As one of those engineering companies, Forterra was founded as Robotic Research in 2002 and has been a key player in the development and deployment of ground autonomy systems in defense since then. In fact, Forterra claims dominance in the DoD space, saying they are the only company competing on all DoD ground autonomy programs. The DoD’s ground autonomy programs can be bewildering to outsiders. Today’s programs encompass four major procurements: • ROGUE Fires (Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary Fires) • GEARS (Ground Expeditionary Autonomous Retrofit System) • SMET (Squad–Multipurpose Equipment Transport) • RCV (Robotic Combat Vehicle) Within these activities, everything from large combat trucks to small equipment transports and mobile missile systems will be equipped with autonomous capability. According to Forterra, they are the only firm currently producing driverless vehicles for DoD, specifically the ROGUE Fires program. Forterra is also in production installing AutoDrive® on the cab-less family of “Carries Vehicles.” Forterra reports that their technology is operating in U.S. military programs on four continents and in over ten countries. More than 100 vehicles have been delivered, operating for a cumulative 400,000 miles. Through The Army Testing Wringer For players bringing autonomy to over-the-road applications, testing and validation is challenging yet necessary. Each company defines its own process. But if you’re delivering to the DoD, it's a different story! Forterra has been through the wringer over the years in what may be one of the most stringent testing processes anywhere, submitting their systems to the Army Test and Evaluation Center , with most testing done at ATEC’s Aberdeen Test Center. Forterra delivered the only ground system to be approved by ATEC for use around people. “We have undergone extensive evaluations with multiple program offices and ours is the only system in production today with the U.S. Military for large tactical ground vehicles,” said Araujo. Sizing Up The Market The FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) , signed into law last December, came in with a whopping budget of $886 billion. Based on initiatives and programs in the NDAA, Forterra estimates that the total US defense market for ground autonomy will be worth over $4 billion by 2026. In 2023, Forterra booked four large contracts with the DoD, including the first production contract for self-driving systems in the U.S. Military. Forterra’s AutoDrive® autonomy platform works across different vehicle types and in complicated environments. Forterra says they are the only autonomy company that uses NDAA compliant components. Forterra notes that their success in rugged, off-road environments has enabled them to deploy mature technology to industrial markets. In 2023, Forterra won a contract to provide self-driving yard trucks to Truck Specialized Information Services (TSIS) at its Detroit freight facility, delivering two self-driving yard trucks to TSIS in August 2023. Additional deliveries will occur in 2025. Also in 2023, FPInnovations of Canada signed a contract with Forterra to build and deploy driverless off-highway logging trucks. Last year, Forterra completed five months of extensive off-highway testing at locations across North America before delivering driverless trucks to Northern Quebec for four weeks of system demonstrations in extreme weather. Forterra and FPInnovations are now scoping Phase 2 activities, with redeployments to Quebec expected to occur later in 2024. While both projects are initially small, the numbers are expected to grow in coming years. Forterra estimates the total commercial market—logistics centers and drayage/private roads —at $23 billion total. Forterra is currently running pilot programs with several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and is fully booked for 2024. Financial Stability Rebranding is a powerful way to signal the future. The name “Forterra” is meant to evoke “ground” autonomy plus elements of military operations. And they even managed to embed the double r’s to pay homage to the Robotic Research era. Clever! Based on their announcement today, Forterra’s future focuses firmly on ground-based autonomy systems for defense and commercial customers, taking advantage of substantial synergies between these sectors. Being heads-down on military projects for so many years has enabled Forterra to develop deep expertise in autonomy. To the extent DOD executes on its many ambitious programs, Forterra can expect solid financial stability even as they compete against other offerors in the DoD space. In parallel, the expect the commercial market to be steadily developing. DoD won’t be the only customer for military autonomy: NATO allies will certainly take a close look at autonomy platforms delivered to DoD by Forterra. Autonomy in industrial operations is underway on several fronts, including mining, construction, forestry, agriculture, and port operations. In addition to Forterra, companies active in these spaces include AGCO, CNH Industrial, Hexagon, ISEE, John Deere, Kratos Defense, Outrider, Polymath Robotics, SafeAI, and Volvo Autonomous Solutions. This is a very active space that doesn't make headlines in the same way on-road autonomy does. Nevertheless, there is tech to be delivered and money to be made in this multi-faceted arena. Disclosure: Richard Bishop is an Advisor and/or equity holder in the following companies cited in this article: Forterra, Outrider. Follow me on  LinkedIn .

Forterra Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Forterra founded?

    Forterra was founded in 1899.

  • Where is Forterra's headquarters?

    Forterra's headquarters is located at 511 E John Carpenter Freeway, Irving.

  • What is Forterra's latest funding round?

    Forterra's latest funding round is Acq - Pending.

  • Who are the investors of Forterra?

    Investors of Forterra include QUIKRETE Holdings and Thompson Pipe Group.

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