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Sweden industrialized prefabrication tour 2017

Sweden Wood Building Council tour group

A delegation of construction entrepreneurs and researchers from New Zealand among others from the United States and United Kingdon visited Sweden last week to learn more about industrial construction in wood.

In Martinson's new factory in Bygdsiljum.

"Sweden is a world leader in the industrial construction in wood. Players such as Lindbacks, Labelle Building, BoKlok, Moelven Byggmodul and Derome ignite interest as industry role models," says Susanne Rudenstam, head of Sweden's Wood Building Council, and host for the visit.

During the four-day tour the delegates visited some of the leading companies in industrial wood construction in Sweden.

The Swedish industrial wood construction has made great strides over the past decade. For every year that passes, it becomes a little better, a little edgier, a little more efficient. New production methods, new production lines, increased digitalisation, new ways to work, gradually improve everything.

One of the reasons for the Swedish advanced position is the cooperation between academia, industry and the public, what is called the Triple Helix model.

It is an innovative model which has helped develop Swedish industrial wood construction and is a contributing factor for Sweden being far ahead of the international game. There has been an interaction between industry, research, and the public. New findings have rapidly been applied in production and ideas from production have quickly been put into research," says Susanne Rudenstam, adding that this is something that will be discussed during the trip.

"Housing shortage is nothing unique to Sweden, nor the requirements of a growing sustainable construction. I believe that in the coming decades, we will see a very substantial increase in the number of players based with high prefabriceringsgrad in wood. It gives a lower carbon footprint, better quality, better productivity, better working environment and provide opportunities for lower construction costs. And in times of excessive urbanization worldwide, it is increasingly important with less time on construction sites so as not to impair the quality of life for all those who live in the cities," concludes Susanne Rudenstam.

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