XLam’s vision is to be the leading provider of sustainable solutions for commercial and residential construction throughout New Zealand, Australia and beyond, focussing on the use of branded CLT and derivative products. XLam is the first manufacturer of cross laminated timber in the Southern Hemisphere.
XLam was founded in 2010 when NZ brothers Robin and Ian Jack combined their knowledge of engineered wood products to set up the first cross laminated timber manufacturing plant in the Southern Hemisphere. Robin is the CEO of Jacks, NZ’s leading supplier of advance woodworking equipment, and Ian is the founder of an architecture practice which has designed some of NZ’s most recognised timber buildings.
The first XLam manufacturing plant is located at Nelson, New Zealand. Nelson was selected for its large plantation timber resource, a work force experienced in timber processing, and a containerised shipping port with direct links to Australian ports.
Since 2012 when production commenced, XLam has experienced rapid growth. In 2015 a formal connection with Australia was forged, with Hyne Timber interests securing a substantial stakeholding in XLam, and subsequently acquiring the remainder of the Jack family’s holding in 2016. As Australia’s largest privately owned timber supply company, Hyne brought enormous experience and financial support to XLam, enabling the establishment of an Australian plant at which XLam production will commence towards the end of 2017. Until then, Australian projects are being supplied from the NZ factory.
Board of Directors
XLam has two directors who govern the boards of both XLam Australia Pty Ltd and XLam NZ Ltd.
Martin chairs both XLam company boards. He is also Chairman of Hyne and Son Pty Ltd in Australia. Martin is a Past President of the Institute of Company Directors (Queensland Division) and recipient of the Institute’s Gold Medal. He has chaired many listed companies including Suncorp Insurance and Finance and several others in the Suncorp Group, Infratil Australia Ltd, Airtrain Citylink Ltd, Knight Frank Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, Graham & Company Ltd, Hooker Corporation Ltd and Opera Queensland Limited. For 25 years Martin was a partner at law firm Allens, followed by a further 13 years as a consultant, specialising in banking, insurance, structuring, construction and insolvency.
Jon is CEO of Hyne and Son Pty Ltd, having previously managed a number of Hyne divisions. Hyne Timber is one of Australia’s largest producers of sawn timber products and an iconic supplier to the Australian construction industry.
The XLam Team
The strength of XLam lies in its people. XLam is staffed by leading experts in their fields whose individual skills and experience combine to make a highly effective team. We all believe totally in our product and share the great excitement of pioneering CLT down under.
Gary took up the role of XLam CEO on 14 March 2016. A professional construction and management consultant, his energy, experience and vision are key to ongoing growth of the company in Australia and New Zealand. Gary’s extensive involvement at the highest levels of commercial project development combines with first-hand experience of the efficiencies of prefabricated construction. As past Business Development Director of Stanley Construction, he initiated and managed many innovative solutions to challenging projects. Prior to joining XLam, he held the role of Pre-construction Manager at Ebert Construction. Within NZ, Gary has also held project management positions with MPM Projects and Hawkins Construction. A Scotsman, Gary’s earlier professional years were spent with project management and construction companies in the UK. Gary holds a B.Sc (Hons) and a Diploma in Construction Law and Arbitration. As a board member of Prefab NZ he has been active in advancing the development of off-site construction in New Zealand.
Nick Hewson joined XLam as Technical Manager and brings a wealth of experience in CLT and mass timber construction from Europe and Australia. Nick holds a Masters in Civil and Architectural Engineering (Hons) from the University of Bath in the UK before becoming a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Structural Engineers. Nick has worked at the cutting edge of mass timber design for a decade having worked on projects like the 8 storey Stadthaus in London and since moving to Australia in 2010 has been instrumental in the delivery of projects like Melbourne University’s School of Design and the 101 unit CLT building at the Macarthur Gardens project in Sydney.
XLam’s Engineering and Innovation Manager, Sam Leslie holds Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Master of Engineering Management degrees from Canterbury University. Dux at Marlborough Boys College in 2005, his subsequent distinguished academic record features numerous awards and scholarships including the Beca Engineering Scholarship. Sam has authored the XLam CLT Design Guide, peer reviewed and endorsed by NZ’s foremost timber expert Dr Andy Buchanan at Canterbury University School of Engineering. Prior to joining XLam, Sam had 3 years with structural and fire design engineers Hanlon and Partners.
Rob De Brincat
XLam’s Australia Business Development Manager, Rob leads XLam’s entry into the Australian CLT market. Rob covers all Australian states from his Melbourne base. Widely known for his influence in the rebirth and development of engineered timber solutions in Australian commercial construction, Rob holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a Sub-Major in Business Management from the University Technology Sydney. Rob started his professional career with Leighton Contractors as a Project Engineer on the Star City Casino and Eastern Distributor projects in Sydney, followed by similar positions working on major civil upgrades on the Pacific Highway and a professional project management stint in London. Returning to Australia, he took a variety of management roles focussed on the development of construction and engineering systems in the multi-residential and commercial building industry.
Ian is a registered architect and consultant to XLam. He brings three decades of experience as the founder and principal of Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd, winners of numerous NZ architectural awards for timber buildings. Ian assists XLam with product development and provides independent value-added advisory services to designers and contractors to ensure the full performance and cost benefits of prefabrication can be realised. His hands-on involvement in pioneering design with CLT in New Zealand is backed by an extensive knowledge of building construction and product performance.
As XLam’s Drawing Office Manager, Jochen enhances the XLam customer service through front end streamlining of design and production. After an early career in teaching mathematics, Jochen’s passion for wood led him to the timber joinery business. The last 15 years have seen him running his own successful timber joinery factory and, more recently, overseeing a staff of 50 as Project Manager for Trends Kitchens. Jochen’s wide experience, energy and commitment to quality outcomes is a key to customer confidence in the XLam service.
XLam’s Contracts Manager, Mike has a 35 year architectural background, is NZCD-qualified and a past National Vice President of the Architectural Designers NZ Inc. Most recently he worked as project manager for KLHUK in London - a specialist supplier of CLT panels providing consultation, design, supply and erection services utilising CLT sourced from KLH in Austria. Mike collaborated with customers to develop sustainable and cost-effective CLT solutions, commencing at the earliest stages of the design process. From 2010-2014 he co-ordinated the supply of CLT for around 100 buildings, including several widely known educational, multi-unit residential and mixed use projects.
Office Manager with the XLam management team, Liza has a varied professional background including customer service and relationship management, financial reporting, procurement and administrative support. Prior to joining XLam, Liza was Projects officer in the Tasman District Council Engineering Services Department, and before that held the role of Assistant Accountant for Taylors Contracting with a staff of 90.
XLam’s NZ Plant Manager, Rob has an engineering background and previously managed a design and manufacturing company specialising in automated handling systems, from high speed paint lines to timber handling. He spent a decade as Chief Engineer on Super Yachts and was Project Engineer on 5 large yacht refits in Europe and Australasia. This has given him extensive knowledge of all mechanical and electrical systems. Rob has sailed the seven seas and seven continents, picking up several languages along the way.
Dan is XLam’s Chief Carpenter and also Health and Safety Coordinator at the NZ plant. A highly qualified joiner, Dan has a comprehensive understanding of the working characteristics of engineered timber. Following time in the UK managing high quality building fitouts, Dan worked for glulam manufacturer Hunters where he was responsible for the machining and assembly of the engineered timber components for the pioneering and internationally admired NMIT Arts and Media Building in Nelson, NZ.
The precision and rapid construction benefits of off-site fabrication necessitate more front-end preparation and multi-party coordination than for conventional building systems. XLam’s business philosophy is founded on forging enduring relationships with design consultants and customers, based on service, support and results. We assist an expanding group of industry professionals in achieving the benefits of CLT solutions for their clients and projects. XLam is completely independent with no formal associations or commitments to any other party. We do however acknowledge the mutual benefits which accrue through building productive and cooperative relationships within team environments. XLam’s expanding repeat business partners include:
XLam quality procedures and outcomes are subject to regular independent audit by the NZ Government-owned inspection company AsureQuality.
The quality control provisions for manufacturing are fully set out in the XLam Quality Assurance Framework and include procedures for verifying timber source, strength evaluation, timber grading, moisture and temperature control, adhesive application, testing, machining tolerances and material handling.
In addition the XLam Quality Assurance Framework covers all aspects of management and staff training, health and safety in the factory and on site, and compliance with relevant Australian and NZ Standards.
Terms and Conditions
XLam will work with all Clients to ensure mutually beneficial terms and Conditions of Contract are agreed.
Chain of Custody
In order to continue to deliver on our commitment to CofC certification, Xlam is committed to CofC certification and the following:
Ensuring that all resource is from legal and known origins, by maintaining systems and processes to demonstrate the traceability of all resources inputs.
Provide adequate administrative arrangements and support to deliver the necessary CofC control systems.
Maintaining documentation and control systems to enable trusted and correct use of certification and logos on wood products.
Provide ongoing training and development of personnel to ensure adequate knowledge to allow for efficient and accurate implementation of CofC systems.
Regularly engaging an independent third party to review systems and ensure ongoing compliance.
Ensuring that the facilitates and processes meet or exceed all applicable workplace health and safety and environmental laws or regulations.
Chain of Custody Complaints
As part of XLams commitment to ongoing improvement a company complaints procedure has been implemented. All complaints shall be assessed and reviewed within 2 weeks from date of registration.
Site visits shall be conducted as required within 2 months of registration, if required to verify claims made onsite.
A complete account of the registration through completed action shall be documented.
All non-complaint material deemed to breach the relevant guidelines and shall be reported to the relevant party located within Australia. A thorough risk assessment shall be conducted should the risk be low with respect to frequent non-conformance issues.
If you would like to register a complain about our product, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the contact page