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Vol. 3, No. 04. April 30, 2008
ISSN 1932-3018

Manufactured hotels
Positioning this technology in the
Functionality Grid
Reformatted from: Van Wyk, Rias J: Technology - A Unifying Code, 2004, SMG, Cape Town, p.34. Based on: Ropohl, Gunter: Eine Systemtheorie der Technik, 1979, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich and Vienna, p.178.
This Newsbrief focuses on a new development in hotel construction, the manufacturing of hotel room units on an industrial basis, and their subsequent assembly on site. In terms of the Atlas of Technological Megatrends it is concerned with the functionality of matter storage.
Two trends converge to give effect to the phenomenon of manufactured hotels:
  • Outsourcing
  • Macro manufacture of construction elements
The trend towards outsourcing is part of a larger trend towards increasing economic specialization, both among companies and internationally. In practice this means that a larger share of global production is being concentrated in the hands of manufacturing specialists, including China.
The trend towards macro manufacture points to the production of ever-larger units in manufacturing plants. The progression is from parts, to components and on to structural elements - such as windows, doors and wall panels. Eventually this leads to the manufacture of whole dwelling units, such as complete hotel rooms with fitted bathrooms and painted walls.
On May 11, 2008, the New York Times carried an article under the headline "Arriving in London: Hotels Made in China". It documents the plans of the Travelodge hotel chain in the U.K. to erect 40 new hotels a year using hotel rooms manufactured in China. (Bernstein, Fred A.: p. 19). In the USA, Hampton Inns is sourcing rooms from a company in Pennsylvania.
Executives should explore the further evolution of the two trends noted and their extension into other areas in the building industry. The industry faces major challenges of adaption as it changes from construction to manufacture.

© Rias J. van Wyk, 2013. Editor.