NeXTimber produces first CLT panel, begins taking orders

The first CLT panel pressed at the NeXTimber facility

Timberlink has pressed its very first cross-laminated Timber (CLT) panel, marking another significant milestone in the construction of what is said to be Australia’s only combined CLT and glue-laminated timber (glulam) radiata pine mass timber facility.

Back in August, the NeXTimber facility in Tarpeena, Australia, produced its first glulam beam.

David Oliver, Timberlink chief marketing, sales and corporate affairs officer, said: “The entire team has been working towards this moment since we announced construction of the facility in 2020. To see the hard work of so many come to fruition is very rewarding.”

Patrick Dark, Timberlink CLT/glulam operations manager, said: “There was such an air of positivity when the panel came off the line. Everybody who has been involved in the installation, testing and commissioning of our NeXTimber equipment should be proud of what we have accomplished.”

According to Timberlink, the newly commissioned CLT line can produce panels up to 16m-long and 3.5m-wide, and will unlock the capability to manufacture mass timber building products in Australia.

Mass timber products like CLT and glulam offer an exciting alternative to traditional construction materials and can help to reduce the embodied carbon of a project.

The NeXTimber by Timberlink team are now accepting orders for CLT and glulam as the facility is scheduled for full production by the end of October.