Ma­jor ex­pan­sion of GLT ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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Hyne Tim­ber has an­nounced a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion to its Glue Lam­i­nated Tim­ber (GLT) man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in Mary­bor­ough, Queens­land. Al­ready a sig­nif­i­cant man­u­fac­turer of GLT in ad­di­tion to soft­wood tim­ber prod­ucts, this ex­pan­sion in­vest­ment with the sup­port of a Queens­land Govern­ment Jobs and Re­gional Growth Fund will launch the com­pany into a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive prod­uct of­fer. The new state-of-theart man­u­fac­tur­ing plant will ac­com­pany the ex­ist­ing plant in Mary­bor­ough’s In­dus­trial Es­tate which is now in its 40th year of pro­duc­tion. This an­nounce­ment comes as engi­neered tim­ber man­u­fac­tured from plan­ta­tion soft­wood is in­creas­ingly pre­ferred for larger scale com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion projects due to its su­pe­rior sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials. Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment with lo­cal MP, Bruce Saun­ders, Hyne Tim­ber’s CEO, Jon Klein­schmidt said in­vest­ment to in­crease man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­ity has never been more timely, “In­creased GLT man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­ity has been on our hori­zon for a num­ber of years and a Queens­land Govern­ment grant has ac­cel­er­ated this in­vest­ment. “We have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in de­mand for GLT prod­ucts so this new ca­pa­bil­ity can in­crease vol­umes, im­prove speed of de­liv­ery while broad­en­ing our prod­uct ca­pa­bil­ity to cap­i­talise on new growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for the tim­ber in­dus­try. “GLT is the talk of the de­sign and con­struc­tion in­dus­try, but a lack of com­pet­i­tive Aus­tralian sup­ply op­tions has pre­vented many projects from us­ing it. “In­creased ca­pa­bil­ity here in Aus­tralia will be a game changer for the con­struc­tion sec­tor and a very pos­i­tive area of growth for Mary­bor­ough.” Mr Klein­schmidt said. Con­struc­tion of the new plant is ex­pected to com­mence within a mat­ter of weeks. This is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones in the his­tory of Hyne Tim­ber, which it­self dates back to 1882. Re­cruit­ment of a range of spe­cial­ist roles will com­mence well ahead of plant com­mis­sion­ing, with more op­er­a­tional and spe­cial­ist jobs cre­ated as pro­duc­tion scales up. The an­nounce­ment also presents re­search and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for new, in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and so­lu­tions which wouldn’t have oth­er­wise been com­mer­cially vi­able. A com­pre­hen­sive re­search and de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive is also un­der­way with the sup­port of re­search part­ner, the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land Cen­tre for Fu­ture Tim­ber Struc­tures. The Cen­tre’s Di­rec­tor, Pro­fes­sor Ki­ti­porn­chai wel­comed the an­nounce­ment stat­ing that the Cen­tre prides it­self in sup­port­ing in­dus­try by en­sur­ing the en­gi­neers and ar­chi­tects of our fu­ture are ed­u­cated, skilled and qual­i­fied in tim­ber de­signs, in­no­va­tion and so­lu­tions. “Tim­ber brings a wealth of cre­ative op­tions to de­liver nat­u­rally built en­vi­ron­ments and we wel­come any announcements and news that in­dus­try and govern­ment are work­ing to­gether to im­prove the sup­ply and ca­pa­bil­ity of the fu­ture. “Hyne Tim­ber is one of the lead­ing tim­ber man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing engi­neered tim­ber, in Aus­tralia and is well placed to strate­gi­cally drive change within the de­sign and con­struc­tion in­dus­try pro­vided there is con­fi­dence in sup­ply.” Pro­fes­sor Ki­ti­porn­chai con­cluded. Busi­nesses in the re­gion have also thrown their sup­port be­hind the an­nounce­ment in­clud­ing Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of iconic freight sup­plier, Gra­ham Rich­ers of Rich­ers Trans­port. In a state­ment of sup­port, Mr Rich­ers said hav­ing been Hyne Tim­ber’s prin­ci­ple freight sup­plier for over 30 years, any op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­cel­er­ate the re­quired growth for a sus­tain­able fu­ture is crit­i­cal, not just for Hyne Tim­ber, but for its sup­pli­ers, “Ac­cel­er­at­ing growth and cre­at­ing jobs is ex­actly what the Queens­land Govern­ment Jobs and Re­gional Growth Fund is try­ing to achieve and I’m de­lighted to hear Hyne Tim­ber have been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing sup­port to do ex­actly that. “Busi­ness se­cu­rity, sus­tain­abil­ity and growth is a pri­or­ity for our re­gion. If Hyne Tim­ber grows, the en­tire lo­cal sup­ply chain grows too. “This is ex­cel­lent news and a ma­jor con­fi­dence boost to the Mary­bor­ough econ­omy.” Mr Rich­ers con­cluded. Hyne Tim­ber will be re­leas­ing progress up­dates through­out the next few months as the new plant nears com­mis­sion­ing around mid2019.

Hyne Tim­ber CEO Jon Klein­schmidt, MP Bruce Saun­ders and Fraser Coast Mayor, Ge­orge Sey­mour with soft­wood beams.

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