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|Transport Method||Cargo Holds|
|Cargo Size||25,000 tons|
|Total Cost (BP)||120|
Construction Factories (CF) are installations that allow construction of other installations, ship components, infrastructure maintenance supplies and PDCs. Factories can also prefabricate PDC parts, assemble the prefab parts into operational PDCs, refit older PDFs into newer classes and convert mines into Automated Mines.
Formula: (Racial Factory Construction Rate) * (Sector Governor Factory Production Bonus * 0.25) * (Planetary Governor Production Bonus)
Factories are managed on the Industry tab of the Economics Screen F2.
The Construction Options drop down allows selected the category to build (installations, PDCs, etc.). Missiles and Fighters are constructed by Ordnance Factories and Fighter Factories respectively, everything else is a valid construction option.
Once an item is selected, you can choose the number to construct along with the percentage of industry to devote to the project. If a higher percentage is chosen than is available, the project will enter the queue and will begin when an enough industry has been freed up to meet the percentage requirements.
Clicking on an existing project allows you to change the requested number of items and percentage of industry at anytime. Attempted to set the total percentage of industry used will display an error dialog notifying you of this.
Current projects can also be cancelled, paused or moved into the queue. Paused projects do not release their industry for other projects, so move them into the queue if additional industry is required.
Note: Selected a new project, then clicking on an existing project and finally back on the new project will result in the focus still being granted to the existing project. To correct, pick a different new project and then back to what you want to build.
Construction factories can be mass-shutdown via the Civilian / Ind Status tab of the Economics screen. This will immediately shutdown all construction and remove any wealth costs associated with the construction as well as freeing up population for other industries. Shutting down in this way will require a 6-month warm-up time to restart construction.
Construction can also be shutdown on a project by project basis by project basis which has the same effect without incurring the 6-month restart delay. This does not free up any workers for other projects however.
Construction Factories require the standard 25,000 tons of cargo space (5 cargo holds), similar to most installations.
Engineering brigades act as a construction factory on whatever planet they are on. This is included in your total industry and requires no extra population to operate. This allows (slow) construction on unpopulated worlds, useful for assembling PDCs.