This week XLam was pleased to receive a visit from Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Associate Minister of Finance. Ranked No 4 at the Cabinet table, Mr Joyce is the fourth and most senior Cabinet Minister to inspect the XLam factory, and given the present shortage of dwellings in New Zealand, his visit was most timely. The Minister was impressed by XLam’s advanced technology and also by the huge size of our panels, which was clearly a surprise. He asked penetrating questions while Robin Jack and Sam Leslie walked him through our manufacturing processes and seemed to appreciate the potential CLT offers for “NZ Inc”. The visit concluded with a discussion on steps the Government might take to facilitate faster uptake of Engineered Wood Products – particularly in the multi-residential and commercial construction sectors - and we felt our suggestions were well-received.