The growing importance of off-site technology has led to the Off-Site Solutions Zone at Interbuild more than doubling its size on 2004 to become the largest of its kind in Europe.

Gordon Thomas, Interbuild 2006 event director, said major players from around the globe will be at the NEC, Birmingham on April 23-27 to showcase their products in the dedicated off-site area.

He added: “Interbuild always reflects the hottest topics in construction and as off-site is possibly the most discussed subject, it is only right we should have a major commitment to that zone.”

Interbuild is working with industry pioneers Mtech Group to create the zone which will focus on key off-site industry developments and demonstrate the major advances the manufacturing sector has made in recent years.

Framing systems in timber, concrete and steel will be on show, plus modular and volumetric systems, bathroom and kitchen pods, and pre-engineered building components and services.

Darren Richards, managing director of Mtech Group, said there is a lack of awareness in the construction industry about the systems and products available and how they can benefit sectors in the built environment such as health, education and housing.

Urging construction industry representatives to visit the exhibition, he said: “The daunting challenge for the construction industry is to meet demand while at the same time becoming more productive. Off-site construction clearly has a pivotal role to play in that regard.”

Timber frame companies exhibiting include Piarco Structures, Marlows Timber Engineering Ltd, Advance Panel Systems and WeberHaus.