In 2010, the Jack brothers pioneered their expert knowledge of engineered wood products to become the first ever Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere. As a result, our first factory in Nelson, NZ became a success story. In 2016, Mayflower Enterprise acquired the Jack’s family holdings and XLam became a formal subsidiary of Mayflower. With the financial backing of our parent company, a second factory in Wodonga, Australia was setup and began processing jobs in March 2017.
In concert with the ownership change-over, XLam has developed several additional capabilities, including a world-class engineering and design business unit (fee-for-service offer) complimenting our on-site ‘construction services’ - assisting in the delivery of a total building solution for our clients Australia, New Zealand.
More recently, XLam has entered the Asia Pacific region and is currently promoting and delivering products and solutions to countries like Singapore. Our evolving business and internal capabilities makes XLam a formidable player in the mass timber construction market.
It is thought that wood offers wellbeing utilities that steel and concrete otherwise do not. Studies have suggested that timber buildings contribute to the improvement of emotional state and self-expression. Air quality and humidity are also thought to improve under the condition of wooded buildings – leading to easier breathing, lower blood pressure, lower stress levels and feelings of warmth and comfort – perfect for a healthy mind and a healthy heart!
At XLam, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are the first ever business to establish CLT products down under. Our ambition is to be the leading provider of sustainable building solutions throughout New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Alongside this, we carry our new-found goal, to become a fully integrated solution provider. Focusing on our highly tenable and efficient methods, we strive to bestow original and expansive ways to design, manufacture and install XLam building solutions on every project.
Wood embodies the lowest amount of energy in comparison to any other construction product. Providing carbon sequestration methods that contribute to an environmentally sustainable future, the carbon mitigation benefits offered by wood are undeniably friendly. When a tree is harvested, the carbon it has sequestered during its natural life cycle is retained within its cellular structure. A timber building, in effect, locks up the carbon it has previously stored – providing a perfect environmental solution for the future.
At 20% of the density of concrete, wood offers more per area than any other construction material - allowing for taller vertical extensions and greater quantities of material on softer ground. Due to the potential of prefabricated methods, the assembly time of wood construction is also 30% faster than conservative methods of building. In essence, not only does timber offer more than steel and concrete; but utilising wood solutions also saves time – and time is money!
Living With Wood
World-wide there is a growing rediscovery of the benefits of wood solutions in construction. The timeless appeal of timber possesses the capability to outlast transitory fashions and maintain modernity. At XLam, we believe there are three main advantages to using wood: Environmental, social and economic.