NeXTimber’s New Plant to Supply CLT Panels from October 2023

Wood Central understands that Timberlink will be the second Australian manufacturer to carry full FSC-claims on CLT and GLT products.

Sun 16 Jul 23


NeXTimber’s new cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (GLT) manufacturing facility is on track to supply its first CLT panels by October 2023.

As reported by Built Offsite, Tmberblink is now preparing to ramp up production to meet demand, with the AUD 63 million capital investment in the combined CLT and GLT line representing a key point for the mass timber market in Australia. 

Timberlink’s General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, David Oliver, stated, “It’s the only combined radiata pine facility to produce CLT and GLT in Australia.”

Timberlink will use local timber from the Green Triangle pine plantations, processed at its adjoining Tarpeena, South Australia facility. 

In October 2023, NeXTimber by Timberlink will add to Australia and NZ supply of cross laminated timber plants. According to a new report the Australia and NZ market for CLT is expected to reach 800,000 cubic metres in 2026 (Photo credit: Timberlink)
A picture of the massive Tapeena site in South Australia, where Timberlink will construct a new GLT and CLT manufacturing facility onsite. The new facility will use feedstock from the processing mill (in shot) and will use radiate pine from the Green Triangle (also in shot). (Photo credit: Timberlink)

Wood Central reported that NeXTimber will become the second cross-laminated supplier in Australia that can provide FSC, PEFC, and Responsible Wood claims on products after CUSP in Tasmania.

In August 2017, Timberlink became the first Australian sawmilling business to achieve FSC certification for solid wood products from its Tapeena and Bell Bay (Tasmania) production facilities.

In March, Wood Central reported that NeXTimber by Timberlink, along with domestic suppliers Xlam and Cusp, add to more than 20 importers who have serviced the market in recent years – with the Australia and NZ market expecting to exceed 800,000 cubic metres by 2026 according to a report published by marc last year.

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 Australian building and construction industry increasingly embraces mass timber solutions.

On Friday, T3 Collingwood, one of Australia’s largest all-timber buildings, announced it has ‘topped out.’ In the weeks leading up to the top-out, the project team installed 1,260 timber components, a concrete roof slab at Level 15 and final lift shaft lids.

T3 Collingwood is the latest Australian construction project to use mass timber components. Footage courtesy of @ColliersAu

The building uses mass timber in two basement levels, five concrete podium levels and ten levels of exposed glulam post and beam structure with CLT floor panels. 

XLam Australia supplied 2,358 cubic meters of CLT, and  Australian Sustainable Hardwood supplied 874 cubic meters of Glue Laminated Timber (GLT).

It is just one of many Australian projects embracing all-timber or a hybrid of mass timber, steel and concrete in high-rise construction.

In June, Wood Central reported on WA-based Boola Katitjin, which used 1800 pieces of CLT and GLT in one of the world’s largest roof installations—footage courtesy of @murdochdigitialmedia.

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. 

In February 2022 ground was broken on the massive development. Ian Tyson, CEO of Timberlink (left), with former SA Primary Industries Minister David Basham (centre) and Grant District councillor Shirley Little at the mill’s sod turning. (Photo Credit: ABC South East SA Grace Whiteside)

Spanning 15,000 square meters, the facility is poised to become a central hub for sustainable timber production in the region.

Warringtonfire has completed independent fire testing on the NeXTimber’s CLT and GLT mass timber products. 

A copy of the results can be downloaded HERE.


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