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Lessons from abroad

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The construction industries in Scandinavia and Japan have been notable for the recognition ofthe need to increase productivity and quality to meet growing demand.In the main this has been achieved through prefabricated components which can be transported easily to site and installed quickly.

Toyota,the world's second largest car manufacturer,is also one of Japan's largest and most successful house-builders.The Japanese construction industry has learned from manufacturing,particularly design integration and the design ofcomponents that fit together easily.

In Japan,which has a housing market eight times larger than the UK ,about 25 per cent ofall housing is prefabricated.Japanese construction and industrial giants such as Toyota have taken the initiative and have helped to create a sophisticated,more demandled,market offering a wide range of dwelling types that are treated like other consumer products such as cars.

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