Timberlink Partners With Hundegger for CNC Machinery

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) panel machining technology to be provided for Timberlink’s state-of-the-art plant

Timberlink Australia is delighted to partner with Hans Hundegger AG who will supply the key CNC machining equipment for the new Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) plant being built in Tarpeena, South Australia. The decision to commission Hundegger Australasia Pty Ltd comes following an extensive international review to find the best Computer Numerical Control (CNC) panel machining technology for Timberlink’s state-of-the-art plant.

“Timberlink is building a $60m CLT & GLT facility to be opened in 2023, creating 50 full-time permanent jobs at full output” said Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson. “The significant investment will see the construction of Australia’s first combined softwood CLT & GLT manufacturing plant.”
The initial phase of the CNC machinery supply includes a Hundegger PBA Industry machine, that will be able to process the full range of CLT products for the emerging residential and commercial solid timber market in Australia. The machine will be the first Hundegger PBA Industry CNC line delivered to the Southern Hemisphere and will use the latest in CNC automation technology to precisely custom cut CLT pieces to order.

The new Hundegger PBA Industry machine weighs around 80 tonnes and this critical mass allows the single or dual processing spindles to take full advantage of their 63kW power to deliver unparalleled speed and accuracy. The tool magazine and automatic tool changer ensure maximum productivity and the Hundegger CAMBIUM software helps deliver high efficiency and process optimisation.

Hans Hundegger AG in Bavaria, Germany are one of the world leaders in building multi-axis CNC machines for solid timber processing with a proven track record with local support, industry expertise with mass timber processing. Along with the specialised Hundegger CAMBIUM software, these were influential factors in the decision to choose Hundegger as the CNC machinery partner.

“The combined project experience of Timberlink and Hundegger and the understanding of the market expectation and opportunities in mass timber will help ensure a successful project” said Sam Rowe, General Manager of Hundegger Australasia.