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.
Chris is a director of Hyne and Son Pty Ltd in Australia. His wide management roles within Hyne Timber have included operational, marketing and distribution aspects of the company. Chris led the establishment of Hyne’s inaugural quality, safety and environmental systems, and later the human resources and marketing portfolios. Other roles have included Chairman of the Timber Research and Development Council, Chairman of the Pine and Hardwood Divisions of the Queensland Timber Board, Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Timber Board, Director of the Australian Forest Products Association, as well as board memberships for several private companies and community organisations.
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.
Rob De Brincat
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.
Nick is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Structural Engineers and holds a Masters degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering (Hons) from the University of Bath in the UK. He has a wealth of experience in CLT and mass timber construction from Europe and Australia. Nick has been at the cutting edge of mass timber design for a decade, having worked on projects like Stadthaus at Murray Grove, London - the worlds first multi-storey CLT apartment building. Since moving to Australia in 2010 he has been instrumental in the delivery of engineered timber projects, including the much-feted Melbourne University School of Design and the 3-tower 22,000 sq m 101-unit CLT apartment building at the Macarthur Gardens project in Sydney.
Tyson is involved with many aspects throughout an XLam project. He assists technically through the design and planning stages as well as leading the team on-site to ensure the installation is run safely and smoothly. Tyson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Hons) from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Previous experience includes piling and foundations, precast concrete and, in an engineering division at Multiplex, value engineering and innovation. Tyson’s capabilities and creativity within the engineering and construction industry have led him to work on some of Australia’s largest projects, including Australia 108 and the Perth Stadium. He has a personal passion for timber, including hobby woodworking.
Technical Sales Engineer
Sean is responsible for developing the XLam market in NSW. Sean graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (Hons) in 2010. Following graduation, he joined SRG, initially as post tension design engineer, followed by 5 years as estimating engineer. Over this period he learned how the Sydney construction market operates. Sean has developed skills in both engineering and sales, combining the two to be successful in maintaining market share in a competitive construction industry with more and more players. These dual roles have proven an ideal foundation for Sean’s role at XLam.
Matthew Joined XLam in November 2016 to lead the operational start-up of the new Australian CLT manufacturing site at Logic, near Albury and Wodonga. With an engineering and management background, Matthew has a strong affinity with best practice principles and development of a positive working business culture. Prior to joining XLam, Matthew was the National Resource Recovery Manager for Transpacific (now Cleanaway) where he implemented operations excellence programs across the country along with major site upgrades and developments in the solid waste division. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University as well as being trained in areas of management, quality and safety.
Jorden looks after the XLam Australia office and provides accounting and administrative support to the Chief Financial Officer and other XLam Australia managers. In addition, she assists with safety management as the deputy HSR. Prior to joining XLam, she held various accounting and administrative roles with the Jacob Group of companies. Jorden has an HSR Certificate, has been accepted into the CPA Australia program, and in October 2017 will complete her Bachelor of Accounting and Legal studies.
XLam New Zealand
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Adrian provides financial oversight to all aspects of XLam operations. His background includes 25 years experience in a variety of commercial management and accounting positions, largely within manufacturing and timber value-added industries, for the likes of Pinepac Group, Laminex, and Fletcher Forests/Tenon. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia-New Zealand.
Chris has 25 years in the construction industry over many different project types. After qualifying in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying (Hons) Chris shifted from private practice quantity surveying to work for developers and volume house builders in the United Kingdom. On moving to NZ in 2005, Chris initially worked for a national house builder, then moving to a commercial construction company and becoming involved in a variety of contracts in all market sectors ranging up to $10M in value. These included a large scale modular construction sub-contract package for Auckland University, providing over 450 fully prefabricated modular bedrooms for high-rise student accommodation. Chris has an eye for detail and a strong focus on the key deliverables for every XLam project.
General Manager Production
Roydon looks after XLam’s production at the Nelson plant, New Zealand. Roydon’s strengths are a balance between supply chain, operations, and engineering. Having mostly held management positions, Roydon is also very ‘hands on’. Roydon has developed his skills through a back ground in engineering and timber processing before moving into supply chain with the implementation of SAP within the Fletcher Challenge Forests business starting in 1998. Roydon has set himself a goal to ensure the XLam reaches its full potential. His desire is to see the best use of Australian and New Zealand forest resource and contribute to sustainable building and construction initiatives.
Business Improvement Manager
Malcolm is “on loan” to XLam by Hyne Timber to implement Lean systems and practices, and support the achievement of production targets through a period of high growth in market demand. Malcolm has 24 years experience with Hyne in Australia including 17 years in management positions. He currently manages Hyne’s Business Excellence and Improvement program, covering efficiencies in production, waste management, transportation, maintenance management and employee coaching for competency accreditations. Malcolm is a trade-qualified advanced machinist. He holds a Diploma in Frontline and Business Management, and certificates in Wood Manufacturing and Processing, Lean Manufacturing, Training and Wood Science.
Business Excellence Advisor
Craig’s role is strategic, looking across all of XLam at systems and processes and advising on industry best practice, in particular for health and safety. He has a 20-year involvement with logistics, health and safety, equipment and people management, including writing systems and health and safety auditing and accreditation. Craig holds a National Certificate Construction Health and Safety. His strong practical background in the construction industry includes management of HSE, Logistics, Asset and Project Management for Stanley Group, New Zealand.
Ian is a registered architect and Fellow member of the NZIA. 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 documentation, 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.
Mike provides an essential link between XLam designers and customers. He 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.
Like Mike Pratt, Heta connects XLam customers with the XLam design team. He maintains an overview of the drawings and coordinates the flow of information to ensure that client design requirements are met, through to final sign-off and delivery to the site. Heta has a strong practical background. A qualified carpenter, he moved to UK and in 2010 took up the position of Contracts Manager for KLHUK, taking overall responsibility for estimating, design and construction processes for CLT, identifying customer needs and expectations, and providing strategic input at senior management level. Moving on to Site Manager for KLHUK, Heta provided input to the coordination of CLT design and installation procedures, including site-safe practice and quality assurance.
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.
Chief Carpenter and Health and Safety Coordinator
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. Dan holds a National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Work place Safety) to NZQA level 3, and is EMA-trained in accident investigation using Root Cause Analysis to NZQA.
Quality Assurance Manager
Daryl’s dedicated quality assurance role for XLam essentially ensures agreed policies and processes are followed throughout the various elements of production. This entails managing an internal and external audit program to meet required standards. Daryl’s background includes over 20 years with the Tasman District Council, involved with customer service, administration/management, compliance and enforcement, and activity planning. His diverse set of skills includes a strong analytical and reporting focus, working within legislative framework, and co-ordinating people/functions. Daryl holds a NZ Institute of Management Certificate in Management.
Chris joined XLam NZ in May 2014, coming with a background of 25 years in the timber industry. His early experience covered machining, maintenance, training and production supervisory roles at Pukepine and TDC Sawmills. Then joining CCH Woodproducts as Production Scheduler, Chris moved up to Production Manager, managing a team of 50 staff, writing and reviewing SOP’s and implementing and managing health and safety for the business. Chris holds an Advanced Trade Certificate in Timber Machining and a National Certificate in Business Level 3.
Drawing Office Manager
Jochen leads the drawing team responsible for front-end streamlining of XLam 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.
Liza oils the wheels of the XLam management team and keeps us all on track. Holding a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree, her varied professional background includes customer service and relationship management, financial reporting, programme delivery 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. For six years Liza prepared the annual financial accounts for the Nelson/Marlborough Branch of the NZ Contractors Federation.
The Factory Team
Production at the Nelson XLam plant is driven by a skilled factory work force dedicated to the highest standards of manufacture. XLam is proud that many of the team are Karenni people, refugees from the Thai-Burmese border who have been driven from their villages and deprived of citizenship in their homeland. Confined to camps for many years and denied the right to education, health care and work, XLam’s Karenni staff have proven highly capable and enthusiastic learners, able to rise to positions of responsibility and authority amongst their kiwi friends.
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.