PrefabAUS has released further details of its upcoming study tour to Sweden, while an additional tour is also being considered, subject to demand. The confirmed tour, taking place from 5 to 13 May, is designed for PrefabAUS members and is especially relevant to client organisations, developers, housing providers, architects, builders, offsite construction and component manufacturers, project managers, engineers and other consultants, suppliers, and researchers. Sweden is the leading exponent of panelised building systems, with around 80% of its houses being factory-built to reap the construction time, quality and labour efficiency advantages. This study tour program has been designed to showcase panel systems for detached and apartment (mid-rise) construction and features unparalleled access to factories, projects and industry experts (presentations and technical discussions).

The so-called “Swedish System” refers to the prefabrication of timber-framed roof and floor elements, wall panels (both open and closed) which may be transferred to site as elements or pre-assembled into volumetric modules. The scale at which this occurs varies widely as can be seen in the chart below which depicts the prefabricated housing players in Sweden by the number of houses produced per year. Study tour delegates will experience a selection of Swedish prefabricated housing manufacturers from manually produced elements using ‘butterfly tables’ with very low capital investment through to firms utilising highly automated high volume production lines.  Beyond the manufacturing processes involved, the program will also consider the initiation, design, marketing and delivery of panel system projects.

Depart Australia the evening of Friday 5 May and arrive back in Australia the evening of Saturday 13 May. The formal program commences Sunday afternoon and concludes with the Closing Dinner on Thursday evening prior to check-out first thing Friday morning for return connections.
Subject to sufficient interest, an additional Sweden study tour date may be offered: Friday 26 May to Saturday 3 June 2017.  It may also be offered in conjunction with first attending the Ligna fair in Hannover Germany.  Ligna is the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for woodworking and timber processing and will be held May 22 – 26.  The combined Ligna fair – Sweden study tour trip would likely be Friday 19 May to Saturday 3 June. Interest in these additional dates may also be nominated via the registration link below.

Indicative cost via Flight Centre’s Group Travel team is $5,000 and includes:

  • Return economy air flights (Australian capital cities to Copenhagen via Dubai on Qantas/Emirates)
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfast in Copenhagen, Denmark (Saturday night)
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfast in Falkenberg, Sweden (5 nights)
  • Train from Copenhagen to Falkenberg and return
  • Ground transfers to/from hotels
  • Welcome dinner (Sunday) and Closing dinner (Thursday)
  • Group bus transport for the factory and project visits

Excluded are other meals, travel insurance and incidentals.
To register your interest in joining this study tour:

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