Australian-made Cross laminated timber from local plantation timber

The long wait for Australian cross-laminated timber (CLT) is almost complete.

Xlam Australia will open its first CLT manufacturing facility in Wodonga and will produce construction boards by the end of 2017.

The company shared its plans to build a factory in the Albury Wodonga area with Architecture & Design last year, but only now we know that this will actually happen.

Fairfax reports that the plant has the support of the local government, the state and the federal government and will be completed in April.

The facility will produce 60,000 m3 of CLT annually and, at production capacity, will produce enough materials to build a project the size of Forte Melbourne - Australia's largest wooden residential building - every week.

It will be produced from local pine, the growing demand for the plantation industry and to shorten delivery and distance delays.

Currently, CLT is purchased abroad by companies like Stora Enso, Meyer Timber and Novatop. Australia Lendlease has opened a prefabrication plant in Sydney that manufactures CLT frame, but it does not create the actual CLT.

Xlam has a number of Australian projects currently underway, including a massive CLT home designed by Fitzpatrick + Partners Director James Fitzpatrick.