Timberlink produces first glulam beam at Tarpeena, South Australia facility

The Timberlink team with the South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee in Timberlink’s NeXTimber CLT and glulam plant (Image: Timberlink)

Timberlink has produced their first glue-laminated timber (glulam) beam in their cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam facility in the South Australian town of Tarpeena.

To celebrate this milestone, Timberlink invited the South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee for the South Australian Forest Products Association’s Seed to Structure tour.

The purpose of the tour was to increase awareness around the many stages of softwood timber manufacturing in South Australia; right from planting seeds in the nursery through to processing and manufacturing finished plantation pine timber products.

“This is a very meaningful day for Timberlink,” said Ian Tyson, CEO of Timberlink. “From our first sod turn in February 2022 to producing our first glulam beam in August 2023, we are well on our way to full production which is scheduled for October this year. It was fantastic to share this milestone moment with the committee.”

Timberlink’s NeXTimber facility will be what is said to be “Australia’s only combined radiata pine CLT and glulam facility”, as claimed by the company.

It increases Australia’s sovereign capability to manufacture these products while reducing reliance on imports.

Mass timber products offer an alternative to traditional construction materials, with the potential to assist to decarbonise construction in Australia by storing carbon for the life of the timber.