Tradie 15 December 2014 A factory to create pre assembled houses is excepted to step foot in Auckland within two years. The Pokeno based factory will create components for four houses every two days. The factory could make 1250 houses a year. Mike Greer founded the house building business Mike Greer Homes. He and a joint venture partner planned to develop a $16 million high-volume residential panels factory at Pokeno. This is because he believes it’s the best place to supply Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. His business has formed Concision, a joint venture with construction business Spanbuild, to develop the new $14 million Rolleston factory south of Christchurch in the iZone industrial park where Weinmann specialist German machinery is installed for the production line house panel manufacturer. Chris Aiken, chief executive of the Hobsonville Land Company – developing about 3500 residences at Hobsonville Pt – welcomed Greer’s plans. “I think that model has legs, definitely. You can simplify and standardise house building in Auckland. These places don’t all have to look the same but a lot of them will have a bit the same to get the economies of scale,” Aiken said. Greer predicted the factory south of Auckland could begin production in the next two years. “It takes an extended period of time to ramp up these factories to their maximum capacity but the size of the factory would be able to build about 1250 houses annually,” said the Christchurch-headquartered former chippie. Curated from NZ Herald.