Nelson-based XLam helps make prefabricated buildings and has invested $35 million in the business, as it anticipates a boom in the market for prefab homes.
XLam is New Zealand’s only manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT); panels of layered timber boards, currently radiata pine, used to make certain prefab buildings that can be largely constructed off-site.
The company expects a more than 30 per cent increase in domestic capacity as a result of a $5m upgrade at the Tahunanui plant, which is currently capable of producing enough CLT to build more than eight houses a week.
A $30m XLam factory opened in Australia in March, would also be able to supply timber for the New Zealand market, chief executive Gary Caulfield said.
Prefab buildings touted as part solution to housing shortage – Stuff, 11 May 2018
Solid wood: The environmental alternative for building – XLam website