The first sod was officially turned at Timberlink’s NeXTimber manufacturing facility at Tarpeena, South Australia recently, marking the commencement of its $63 million construction project.
Once completed, the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will occupy a massive 15,000 square metres, large enough to house twelve Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The project commencement follows a South Australian Government decision to award Timberlink a grant of $2 million towards the project for the construction of Australia’s first combined Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing plant, under the Strategic Business Round 2020 of the Government of South Australia’s Regional Growth Fund.
NeXTimber CLT & GLT products are set to replace imports and support faster adoption of carbon positive renewable mass timber construction, replacing steel and concrete in mid and high-rise construction.
The commencement of the project comes just days after the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced $300 million in financing to encourage greater use of cross-laminated timber, to make low carbon engineered wood products. This is considered the building material of choice to cut embodied carbon in building projects such as office and apartment towers.
Timberlink officials recently announced that the company is committed to product and service excellence and is partnering with world-leading equipment and software providers including Kallesoe Machinery A/S, Hans Hundegger AG and hsbcad to place NeXTimber at the forefront of supply capability in the Australian and Oceanic region. The building is expected to be completed later this year.
Timberlink Chief Executive Officer Ian Tyson said Timberlink recently completed a major multi dimensioned investment at the Tarpeena mill, which has completed its timber manufacturing modernisation, creating a world-class timber manufacturing facility.
“The co-location of a CLT & GLT Plant on the same site makes this facility unique in Australia. Timber is the ultimate renewable and NeXTimber products provide carbon negative mass timber solutions for building components that enables a reduction in the embodied carbon in a range of building types. Whenever using NeXTimber, you will not just be building a building. You will be creating a better future,” Mr Tyson said.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said “the combined manufacturing plant will boost local timber production and provide an alternative for steel and concrete in mid and high-rise construction”.
“Timberlink’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Tarpeena will be a game-changer for South Australia’s timber industry and it’s very exciting to see construction now underway,” Minister Basham said.
Cr Shirley Little District Council of Grant also said that it was, “wonderful to see this investment of $63 million in our town of Tarpeena with a population of 414 people. Timberlink has created great confidence in the community and supporting ongoing employment”.
Production of the NeXTimber range is scheduled to begin in 2023 with the locally based technical support team is ready now to assist customers with planning to use NeXTimber products for future projects. A total of 27 full-time permanent jobs will be created when the facility opens, rising to 50 at full output.