Next-gen timber in the making

The construction of the state-of-the-art NeXTimber manufacturing facility at Tarpeena is making progress.

Deputy Premier Susan Close and Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Development and Forest Industries Clare Scriven recently visited the site to see the progress, welcomed by Timberlink’s EGM Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs David Oliver.

Fifty per cent of the concrete at the 15,000 square metre facility has been poured and production of the NeXTimber range is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Dr Close said the forestry sector in SA employed 18,000 people and was key to the prosperity of South East South Australia.

“It is wonderful to see the investments being made by Timberlink in both the construction of a new timber manufacturing plant and the inspirational investment in the CLT GLT plant,” she said.

The plant is Australia’s first combined Radiata Pine Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing facility, which will be co-located at the existing Timberlink Tarpeena site.

Products created at the plant will be used to construct buildings up to 12 stories high and the facility will increase Australia’s sovereign capability to manufacture CLT and GLT and reduce reliance on imports and assist in decarbonising Australia’s construction industry.

Mr Oliver said every cubic metre of CLT GLT would store 631kg of carbon and enable the construction of buildings that “store cabin rather than creating more greenhouse gasses”.

Minister Scriven said she looked forward to seeing the world-class facility completed and enabling the construction of carbon positive buildings in South Australia.

“I have long been a strong supporter of the forestry sector and timber manufacturing, the South Australian Government is pleased to be part of this $63m investing in Timberlink’s CLT GLT plant through a co-investment of $2m,” she said.

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