MCC in­vests in cost-sav­ing, green pre­fab con­struc­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By WANG YING and YU RAN in Shang­hai

Nearly 800 fam­i­lies will be the next batch of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the govern­ment’s sub­si­dized hous­ing pro­gram when they move in early next year. But theirs will be a bit dif­fer­ent from other hous­ing projects, the new homes in Baoshan dis­trict be­ing pre­fab­ri­cated — us­ing fac­tory-made com­po­nents and as­sem­bled on-site.

Com­pleted in Novem­ber, the two 18-floor struc­tures, which cover a to­tal gross floor area of 26,000 square meters, proudly stand along­side oth­ers built us­ing con­ven­tional con­struc­tion. The new build­ings were pro­duced by Shang­hai Baoye Group Corp Ltd, a whol­ly­owned unit of Me­tal­lur­gi­cal Cor­po­ra­tion of China Ltd (MCC Group).

“There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the build­ings and the tra­di­tional ones in terms of ap­pear­ance and func­tions, but the pre­fab­ri­cated ones are more ef­fi­cient, en­vi­ron­men­tal friendly and cost sav­ing,” said mil­lion Ye Hua, chief en­gi­neer of Shang­hai Baoye Group Ar­chi­tec­tural En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany.

The com­pany said that us­ing more ma­chines in­stead of man­power, the pre­fab­ri­cated build­ing saved costs and en­ergy, with an en­hanced build­ing qual­ity.

A sec­ond pre­fab project, in­volv­ing 190,000 sq m, is cur­rently un­der de­sign and con­struc­tion work will kick off next year, Ye said.

Shang­hai Baoye said con­struc­tion us­ing the pre­fab­ri­ca­tion tech­nique was in line with the cen­tral govern­ment’s strat­egy. Ac­cord­ing to a guide­line is­sued by the State Coun­cil in late Septem­ber, mega city clus­ters such as Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei, the Yangtze River Delta re­gion, and the Pearl River Delta re­gion, are re­quired to pro- mote the con­struc­tion pre­fab­ri­cated build­ings.

The guide­line also set a goal of hav­ing 30 per­cent of the newly built build­ings pre­fab­ri­cated in the com­ing decade.

Start­ing in 2013, MCC Group set aside more than 10 mil­lion yuan ($1.45 mil­lion) in re­search and de­vel­op­ment of as­sem­bly­type struc­tures.

The assem­bly-type struc­ture project was part of MCC’s strat­egy of re­struc­tur­ing and trans­for­ma­tion, to drag it from a pre­vi­ously se­vere fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. In 2012, group losses ex­ceeded 7.3 bil­lion yuan and li­a­bil­i­ties were more than 170 bil­lion yuan.

It took three years to bring the group back to pos­i­tive growth and a profit of 6.86 bil­lion yuan in 2015, with the com­pany re­struc­tur­ing sub­sidiary units and shift­ing fo­cus to re­search and de­sign, to deepen its tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. of

the amount of money MCC Group has set aside for re­search and de­vel­op­ment of as­sem­bly­type struc­tures since 2013

Con­tact the writ­ers at wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn and yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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