Supply chain, financing innovation and sustainability

The advanced manufacturing sector is characterised by optimised supply chains supported by sophisticated decision support tools to maximise efficiency and competitiveness. Financing models for advanced manufacturing sectors are also well developed with significant engagement from investment banks. By comparison, the prefabricated housing industry has inherited a traditional construction industry supply chain that is fragmented and inefficient. Similarly, as it is producing a housing product, the industry has been pigeon-holed into a retail banking financing structure that is misaligned to the rapid construction times of prefabricated housing. Considering these drawbacks, this research program will focus on mapping new supply chains and creating new financing models for prefabricated housing.