Prime Minister John Key has officially opened a factory in Christchurch where prefabricated homes are built.
The Concision Panelised Technology factory in Rolleston's industrial zone is a joint venture between Spanbild Ltd and Mike Greer Homes Ltd.
The factory will progressively employ 75 people and produce about one standard-size building per eight-hour shift.
The factory has already delivered 20 buildings and is poised to ramp up production for the Mike Greer and Spanbild group brands.
The manufactured panels can include insulation and have pre-fitted windows. Electrical and plumbing services can also be incorporated before a later connection to on-site services during the build phase, The Press reports.
The project's challenges have included getting the three Canterbury councils on board with the building consents process for panelised homes.
"Buildings will be not only be produced considerably faster but with the kind of repeatable precision that can only be completed in a factory environment," says Mike Greer, a Concision director.