NeXTimber CLT and GLT manufacturer poised to start production.
NeXTimber’s new cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (GLT) manufacturing facility in Tarpeena, South Australia, is on track to start their production ramp and begin supplying CLT panels to the market in October this year. (main pic: NexTimber’s Tarpeena manufacturing facility on schedule for October launch.)
The CLT and GLT manufacturing plant will provide an Australian-made renewable carbon-storing timber building solution for commercial, residential, and public projects. “It’s backed by a $63 million capital investment, the NeXTimber range will be manufactured on Australia’s first combined world-scale softwoods CLT and GLT engineered wood manufacturing line,” says Timberlink general manager of sales, marketing, and corporate affairs David Oliver.
According to Oliver, the “enthusiastic and growing” uptake of the products by the construction industry is a “firm nod to moving into a sustainable future,” with timber being hailed as “the ultimate sustainable resource.” The CLT and GLT manufacturing facility will utilise local timber from Green Triangle pine plantations, processed at Timberlink’s adjoining facility. “It’s the only combined radiata pine facility to produce CLT and GLT in Australia,” Mr. Oliver stated.
Construction, equipment installation, and commissioning are running according to the original schedule at the NeXTimber manufacturing facility in Tarpeena. “Based on the current installation, we expect to commence supply to the market in October this year,” Oliver added.
The site has been buzzing with activity, and throughout June and July the team continued to tick off equipment installation milestones. Spanning 15,000 square metres, the facility is poised to become a central hub for sustainable timber production in the region.
Independent fire testing on the NeXTimber’s CLT and GLT mass timber products has also been completed by Warringtonfire, and a copy of the results can be downloaded HERE.