XLam NZ Ltd announced plans on Friday to install an extra fabrication machine that will more than double production at its Nelson manufacturing facility. The first of 5 expansion stages is scheduled for completion in February 2018.
XLam chief executive Gary Caulfield said the company had ordered a Hundegger PBA 3 computer numerical control (CNC) cross-laminated timber (CLT) machine, which would improve the processing time and increase the volume of timber processed, more than doubling production outputs.
XLam’s first Australian plant, a 12,600m² factory in the 567ha Logic business zone on the outskirts of northern Victoria city Wodonga, is also scheduled for completion in 2018. It’s beside the Hume Freeway, the inland route between Sydney & Melbourne, and is on the Sydney-Melbourne rail & gas lines & main fibre-optic cable route.
Nelson brothers Robin & Ian Jack began the XLam business in 2010, started production in 2012 and began exporting to Australia in 2015 after getting financial support from Queensland timber company Hyne & Son Pty Ltd. Hyne acquired half of XLam in late 2015 and bought the whole company in early 2016.
Attribution: Company release.