Wa Housing Crisis Boosts Interest In New Steel Frame System At Expo

< BACK TO CONSTRUCTION starstarstarstarstar   Industry - Construction Press Release
11th March 2010, 08:00am - Views: 1135

Page 1 of 2





The mining boom is set to worsen the shortfall of accommodation in WA.¹

This pressure is boosting interest in more efficient forms of housing construction to better

cater for mining-related demand especially. 

Organisers of the Perth Steel Frame Building Expo have noted a jump in interest to attend

over the past two months with news of resurgence in mining.

FRAMECAD™ Building Solutions is organising the Expo

in conjunction with the National

Association of Steel Frame Housing (NASH). It will be staged from 17 to 19 March 2010 in


Factory in a Can


highlight at the Expo will be a completely self-contained mobile steel frame fabrication

factory by FRAMECAD. It will be demonstrated at the Perth Expo. 

Called the “Factory in a Can”, FRAMECAD’s F300i roll forming machine is housed in a

modified 6.1m (20 ft) shipping container. This mobile factory can be trucked into any

location and made operational within 24 hours of being sited. 

With its own diesel generator and computer-operated steel frame fabricating machine, the

mobile factory can manufacture precision engineered roll-form framing and trusses at a

rate of up to 700 metres per hour, allowing quick start construction of structures of all

kinds, from residential homes to multi level commercial buildings. 

Its efficiency is such that framing and trusses for a standard 200 sq m house can be

completed in one day and erected within one to two days.

Targeting Remote Cyclone-prone WA

Growing demand for mining-related accommodation will continue to focus on northwest

WA. The coastline here, between Broome and Exmouth, is the most cyclone-prone region

of the entire Australian coastline.

FRAMECAD’s mobile factory and the steel frames it produces on site address many of the

key concerns for both housing and housing construction in harsh remote areas via: 

faster construction versus traditional methods

strength: cyclone proof - non-warping, non-twisting

cheaper/cost effective to construct: as much as 30% over traditional methods

lightweight to erect 

lightweight, compact and cheaper to transport

(i.e. assembled on site): important in

WA with long distances to mining towns

termite proof 

galvanised: rust/water/rain resistant

safer to construct (i.e. less OH&S concerns than establishing traditional wood frames

with nail guns etc)

the environmental benefits of steel.



The Real Estate Institute of WA underlined this by pointing to Karratha where the median house

price jumped from a peak of $770,000 in June to a new record of $822,000 in December last year.

Page 2 of 2

A number of FRAMECAD factory machines are already operating successfully in WA.

Shortage of Accommodation + Shortage of Skilled Labour = Mobile Factory

FRAMECAD’s Australasia Manager, Mr Peter Blythe, says: “The mobility of the Factory in a

Can is ideal for the vastness and distances of WA. Add to this the speed at which it can be

deployed on site and you have real competitive advantages in filling accommodation

demand in remote areas. 

“There is seriously unfilled demand in WA for pre-engineered structures that can be

produced, assembled and erected on site in remote regions. 

“Coupled to this, there is a shortage in the availability of skilled trades people in WA as the

economy turns around. This is adding to the appeal of FRAMECAD’s mobile factory and its

steel framing because it does not require especially skilled labour for assembly on site. 

“Our framing is ‘Meccano-like’

in its simplicity of assembly.

This is because production is

computer controlled and every piece of framing produced is numbered and coded so it can

be easily assembled on site.”

Mr Blythe

said the Mobile Factory was originally designed for commercial building

companies wanting to build multiple homes in large-scale developments. 

FRAMECAD & NASH Expo information

The Expo is open to anyone associated with the building industry.


17 & 19 March 2010


12 Millrose Drive, Malaga 6090

Framecad demonstration times:

10:00 am & 6:00 pm daily 

[Those interested in attending the FRAMECAD

demonstrations should contact Peter Blythe at

peterb@framecad.com or at +61 419 101 639]

NASH Seminar:

NASH will stage a seminar at the Expo: 

Design of Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing.

It will present an overview of the new NASH

Handbook Design of Residential and Low-rise Steel

Framing released in August 2009. The presentation

will also include information on two new NASH

Standards being developed to provide steel framing

span tables and related information.

The seminar is on Thursday 18 March 5:30 for

6:00 pm start. Contact Louise George at NASH on

info@nash.asn.au to register attendance.


Further information: 


Peter Blythe. 0419 101 639 or peterb@framecad.com


David Park: parkyoung.  0418 159 231 or media@parkyoung.com.au


news articles logo NEWS ARTICLES
Contact News Articles |Remove this article