Inside Fletcher Building's high-tech house factory, where they turn out two homes a day

Fletcher Building has opened a giant factory in South Auckland which can turn out two prefabricated homes a day.

The Clever Core factory in Wiri was developed in an enormous warehouse once used to store vast quantities of soft drinks for Coca Cola.

The high-tech factory will produce the core structural components of a home in a factory environment, which can be trucked to a building site and assembled, with homes able to be put up and finished within six to 10 weeks.

German precision-cutting machinery ensures cuts are accurate to within half a millimetre.

The factory, which was opened by Housing Minister Megan Woods, produces wall, floor and roof components, and was run by a team of 20 staff.

Because of the way the factory was designed, there's no heavy lifting needed from operators, meaning women were at no disadvantage, and two of the staff were women.

Strength is not an issue for workers building homes in the high-tech Fletcher Building "Clever Core" factory in Auckland.
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Strength is not an issue for workers building homes in the high-tech Fletcher Building "Clever Core" factory in Auckland.

While the factory will provide prefabricated homes for Fletcher Living, which develops residential subdivisions in Auckland, and further afield, in around a year the company intended to seek external customers.

Fletcher Building chief executive said the Clever Core factory also produced very little waste - less than a rubbish bag per home made on site.

Woodchippings were shipped to Golden Bay to be used to generate energy at a Fletcher-owned concrete factory.

"Our Clever Core facility will produce core components for at least 500 new homes each year, including 100 by the end of this calendar year," said Taylor.

"Clever Core will initially support our Fletcher Living developments, but we plan to extend the offering to group home builders and retirement home operators in the future.


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