Last year the Chinese government made an announcement that all AEC professionals need to know, especially those who want to source from a China prefab manufacturer. To cut waste, reduce disruptions from construction sites, and bump steel demand, 30 percent of all new buildings will be made using prefabrication.
China is the world’s largest construction market and leading supplier of prefab materials. The move will mean massive research and development for China prefab manufacturers, like the one Prefabmarket.com interviewed in Beijing.
A mid-market China prefab manufacturer, the factory makes structures for many markets outside China including the Middle East and Europe. Their products will prove crucial for markets like Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Factory-built materials can alleviate a fast-growing housing demand despite weak infrastructure and low labour supply for traditional construction.
The China prefab industry has more than 7,000 modular construction factories.
Want to know how companies can choose the right supplier, where the business is heading and prefab’s challenges? Watch the factory tour in virtual reality, or click to look around interactively. A transcript of the interview is below.
Q & A with Coco Xing, International Business Development Manager for a China Prefab Manufacturer
Q: What markets around the world have the most potential for prefab construction?
A: Actually for the prefabricated houses we did a lot of overseas markets like Middle East and European countries like Germany, Norway, and Sweden. We also did some refugee camps in Iraq. I think for our market the Middle East is a very big market.
Q: What are the benefits of sourcing construction materials from China?
A: In China you find a lot of factories or companies who can produce this, and the cost is very low.
Q: What are the biggest challenges for developers when sourcing materials from China?
A: From the overseas markets I understand from my customers they just don’t know how to find good China prefab manufacturer. But they really want to find some good manufacturers because they have big needs.
Q: What has changed since five years ago?
A: It’s become more mature. From the materials to the construction to the ideas.
Q: Why do you think developers, architects and builders haven’t yet utilized prefab to a greater extent?
A: In this industry we have a long way to go. Like the production quality or ideas to make different house styles. Like in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, they want some houses to have prayer rooms. We also have a long way to go.
Q: What will be some challenges for prefab manufacturers in the coming years?
A: In the coming years the challenges I think, for the global customers, will be the installation. Because some manufacturing companies just do the houses, packaging and shipping container, and just deliver it to the destination port. But they can’t install the house overseas.
Q: Sometimes you work with a local installation team?
A: If the end user has a little bit of knowledge of this industry and of this product. Maybe they don’t know how to install clearly. Even though we send them videos or something, at this time, we send them our technical engineers to help them install the houses.
Q: Do you think a China-based prefab platform like Prefabmarket.com can help Chinese manufacturers and overseas buyers solve problems in these deals?
A: I think this platform is very important. You can find our customers and build a bridge between the customers and us, so they can easily find us and we can easily communicate with them.