South Australian Government visits Tarpeena mill

Friday 6 Mar 2020

Timberlink has welcomed The Hon David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, as well as the Member for MacKillop Nick McBride to its Tarpeena site. The pair were joined by Marcus Kuller, an Export Adviser for Tradestart South Australia as they inspected progress on Timberlink’s high-tech multimillion-dollar mill upgrade and its potential for further investment.

Last week Timberlink completed work on one of its signature pieces of the upgrade project, the second Contra Flow Kiln (CFK). The minister was impressed by the high-tech machinery that will cut down waiting times for drying timber and increase product quality whilst decreasing heat power usage by 30%. “This is the kind of world class technology that we want to see in Australia to help ensure that we are keeping our value-add manufacturing jobs here”, said Mr Ridgway.

The minister was also impressed with the high-speed scanning systems for grading structural timber, “this is a great example of Australian manufacturing in the 21st century, delivering quality, literally home-grown products to Australian businesses every day”, Minister Ridgway said.

The three also discussed the potential new Timberlink Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) & Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) plant. Timberlink will be constructing a new CLT & GLT manufacturing facility, to be opened in SA or Victoria in 2023. The significant investment will see the creation of Australasia’s first combined CLT & GLT manufacturing facility on an approximately 14,000sq m site, employing up to 50 people full time when complete.

Photo: (left to right), Nick McBride, Marcus Kuller, Roy Dias (Site Manager), David Oliver (GM of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs) and Minister David Ridgway

Source: Timberlink

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