Timberlink Produces First Glulam Beam Ahead of NeXTimber Launch

Major milestone for the Australian and New Zealand Mass Timber market.

Fri 18 Aug 23


Timberlink has manufactured its first glue-laminated timber (GLT) beams in significant development in Australia’s supply of mass timber products.

The milestone was announced by Ian Tyson, CEO of Timberlink, during a recent Seed to Structure tour of its facility.

“This is a very meaningful day for Timberlink,” Mr Tyson said. 

“From our first sod turn in February 2022 to producing our first GLT beam in August 2023, we are well on our way to full production.” 

The Timberlink team with the South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee in Timberlink’s NeXTimber CLT & GLT plant. (Photo Credit: Timberlink)

Last month, Wood Central reported that Timberlink’s new cross-laminated timber (CLT) and GLT facility will supply its first CLT panels by October 2023.

Known as NeXTimber by Timberlink, “it will be the only combined radiata pine facility to produce CLT and GLT in Australia,” according to David Oliver.

Mr Oliver is Timberlink’s General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs. CLT panels will be supplied to the market later this year.

Timberlink will use local timbers from the Green Triangle pine plantations, processed at its adjoining Tarpeena facility – toured by the delegation.

In March, Wood Central reported that NeXTimber by Timberlink and domestic suppliers Xlam and Cusp add to more than 20 importers who have serviced the market in recent years.

Interest in CLT is booming, with the Australian and NZ market expecting to exceed 800,000 cubic metres by 2026.

That could include a new mass timber plant at Oji Fibre Solutions Kinleith Mill following an announcement by the NZ Government last week.

Wood Beca was commisseioned to assess the technical feasibility of a Bio Hub at the Kinleith Mill in New Zealand. (Photo Credit: Wood Beca)
Wood Beca was commissioned to assess the technical feasibility of a new Mass Timber facility at the Kinleith Mill in New Zealand. (Photo Credit: Wood Beca)

New Zealand is already home to one of the world’s largest CLT plants with Red Stagg’s TimberLab.

Footage courtesy of @RedStagTimberLab-wd8qj.

The Seed to Structure tour involved the South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee, including Nicola Centofanti MLC, Tung Ngo MLC, Frank Pangallo MLC, and Ben Hood MLC. 

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 hailed as “the ultimate sustainable resource.”

Timberlink also invited a cross-section of Green Triangle forestry industry stakeholders to participate in the tour.

For more information about the tour, visit Timberlink’s website.


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