Growing Our Region

Local innovator spotlight: Techlam

Based in Levin, glulaminated timber manufacturers Techlam are continuously innovating and sourcing opportunities for growth.

As one of only two companies in New Zealand supplying the projects market, they export their products all over the globe.

Recently, Hon. Stuart Nash announced that Techlam will receive up to $1.75 million from the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund to procure and install machinery for reducing manufacturing landfill by up to 25%, and enable processing of a large -proportion of its waste into value-added products.

We caught up with Techlam managing director Brett Hamilton to find out what this means for his business.

“This funding is part of a $3.5 million project which will enable us to continue on a growth trajectory,” he says.

“New technologies will allow us to eliminate the amount of waste going to landfill by utilising more of the raw timber feedstock than we are at the moment.”

“An additional new 6 axis CNC will also upgrade our processing capacity, allowing faster processing of our prefabricated products.

“This investment will create more jobs for the community, while also contributing to our sustainability journey, as we work to create a carbon negative construction product.”

For Brett and the team at Techlam, the process of applying to the Regional Strategic Partnership fund has proved invaluable, even beyond the funds received.

“Unlike other funds where you fill out an application form and hope for the best, we spent several weeks working with representatives at Kānoa, forecasting and refining our business plan,” he says.

“However before we even got to that point, we met with Kānoa to discuss whether it was a realistic option – it was about the upfront conversation first, with the detail coming later, saving time and money for all.”

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