In the midst of an investment growth phase, XLam has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of John Eastwood as the Head of Business Development for Australia and New Zealand. XLam is primed for growth following a multimillion-dollar investment earlier this year, which enables it to further ramp up delivery of prefabricated buildings. Its CLT plants on either side of the Tasman enable XLam to grow in step with increasing Australian market demand while creating further capacity in New Zealand to accommodate the demand generated by the New Zealand housing shortage and ambitious KiwiBuild initiatives.
John is excited to be taking on an important business development and leadership role at an important time for XLam, Australasia’s only manufacturer of CLT. “The new plant in Australia makes XLam a true Australasian business and has necessitated my role – the need for improved productivity and quality in the construction sector is driving demand for offsite manufacturing and the technical expertise and advice that is required to ensure its successful delivery.”
John Eastwood has held country manager and senior commercial management roles with a number of multinational and national building material manufacturers and suppliers to commercial and residential construction sectors. He is experienced in strategy articulation, operational implementation, and leadership of rapid growth and diversification initiatives and acquisition and merger integrations. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Unitec and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
XLam CEO Gary Caulfield says the company is fortunate to have Mr Eastwood in a top role: “John has become familiar with XLam from the inside over the past seven months, and we are pleased to have him now in one of the most important roles in the business. There are few people who can match John for depth of experience and knowledge of the construction, manufacturing and building materials industries, and our clients – and future clients – will benefit enormously from his expertise.”