Lowering barriers to prefabrication
At Jacks, they’re often asked a very simple question by people that have just seen a masterpiece of prefabrication on an episode of Grand Designs UK. It goes something like “Why on earth aren’t we doing this sort of stuff here?!” While uptake is improving in our corner of the world, there are a few problems specific to New Zealand that have slowed the adoption of panelised and volumetric construction.
Richard Jack, Project Manager at Jacks gives us his view on the problems NZ faces. "Firstly, we’re a land of small businesses - the average builder in NZ lacks scale to take on the overhead and risk of a production facility. It’s the unfortunate reality that the barrier to entry is often just as high for a small volume builder as it is for a large producer. The other is that frankly, as an industry we’re a long way behind! It’s easy to look at the sophisticated prefabrication operations in Germany and Scandinavia and wonder how we can get from here to there - The jump is just too far for a lot of companies."
Weinmann’s new WMS060 CNC Multifunction Bridge is a step towards addressing this and brings the technology within reach of smaller operations. The machine processes wall, roof, and floor elements and will be available from December for around half the cost of previous entry level products of this quality.
The machine is based on the same chassis as the higher specification equipment that suits more industrial scale customers
The WMS060 still has all the advantages of a CNC bridge - various
Prefabrication is now becoming established around NZ, and we’ve already seen several of NZ’s bigger players enter this space. With the construction boom showing no signs of abating, Weinmann’s WMS060 brings advanced technology to within reach of any forward-thinking small business in NZ.