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Behind the scenes of the new hardwood CLT operation

20 July 2021

In a recent issue we covered details on the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from Tasmanian Plantation Oak (Eucalyptus Nitens) sourced from certified sustainable plantations grown in Tasmania. It’s the first CLT in Australia to have achieved Engineered Wood Products of Australia certification (EWPAA).

On 29 June, the world’s first certified plantation hardwood CLT was officially launched. Over 75 people gathered to celebrate this milestone and some highlights have been posted for those unable to make it.This week, in addition to covering the official launch, we profile the company’s founder, Ron Goldschlager.

Ron Goldschlager is a problem solver. A qualified chemical engineer of Jewish faith, he is driven by an intense ethical compass and an intrinsic need to improve the world. His family have worked in the timber industry for more than seven consecutive generations.

Ron continues in this tradition, innovating and adapting his businesses within the ever-changing marketplace. Ron has diversified his Hermal Group into the new world economy of sustainability. Initially inspired by the political environment of protecting & conserving old-growth hardwood forests from commercial harvesting, Ron sought to create a new industry based upon Eucalyptus plantations.

Recognising that there was a global shortage of timber and that Australia was importing vast volumes of building material and exporting vast volumes of plantation Eucalyptus hardwood logs & woodchips, he could see a problem that needed to be solved.

As timber has risen to the fore as a solution in the fight to tackle climate change, offsetting its enormous carbon storage benefits by freighting it across the planet seemed absurd. Turning his attention to our country’s vast hardwood plantation resource, he has done what none other has achieved before him.

As timber has risen to the fore as a solution in the fight to tackle climate change, offsetting its enormous carbon storage benefits by freighting it across the planet seemed absurd. Turning his attention to our country’s vast hardwood plantation resource, he has done what none other has achieved before him.

Ron has turned a forest-based raw material being sold as woodchips into the world’s first plantation hardwood CLT. Ron called this CLTP, the ‘P’ emphasizing the “New Supply Line” approach from plantation to projects by and for the people.

Cusp Building Solutions is not just about engineered timber. It is a concept with an appetite for smarter solutions, founded to pursue the cutting edge of the built environment and to make dreams into realities.

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Source & Photo: Cusp

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