According to a new study published by Oregon BEST, a state-support non-profit organisation that aims to nurture Oregon’s clean-technology industry, both Oregon and Southwest Washington, United States (U.S.), are in good positions to become manufacturing hubs for cross-laminated timber (CLT) – also occasionally known as “plywood on steroids”.
The study found that the state of Oregon alone has the potential to create between 2,000 to 6,100 direct jobs in CLT and related mass timber products, layered wood glued together with adhesives to make beams, floors, roofs, and walls. As CLT cuts costs with its shorter construction time and also reducing carbon footprints, more office and residential buildings made of CLT are coming up, with some high-rise projects in the works.
“The cost of wood as a building material and as the raw material for CLT is expected to stay stable in the near future, while concrete and steel prices are forecast to rise with their relative energy prices and carbon costs,” the report goes.
The report continues, stating that two more companies dealing in CLT may open production lines over the next two years in Oregon, and another firm has plans to manufacture an alternative to LCT, called Mass Plywood Panels (MPP).
According to the Portland tribune, Oregon has several advantages working in its favour, such as diverse timberlands, a community of architects and engineers who are progressive and tend to lean towards innovative products, as well as close proximity to the large market in California and easy trade routes to Pacific Rim countries for exports.
“If Oregon and Southwest Washington, a region with forest products in its collective DNA, do not continue to act with agility and haste to position communities and companies here on the path towards a global (if not dominant) position in that industry or market, a substantial opportunity to restore and elevate the region’s wood products manufacturing heritage will be missed,” the report reads.
Source: The Portland Tribune