With increasing widespread acknowledgement that the construction industry in Australia needs to make more use of off-site manufactured products to improve efficiencies, it is important to turn the focus toward what is actually going on off-site, in the manufacturing world.

There is no question that in a setting of free trade agreements and in the face of import threat, Australian manufacturing must both maintain and improve its competitiveness in the international arena if it is going to survive. That applies to all industries. Today’s manufacturing however, isn’t completely what it…