About

Our Company

At Woodspan® we provide Sustainable Mass Timber Solutions.

We are a proudly New Zealand owned manufacturer and fabricator of PLT (Parallel Laminated Timber) mass timber panels and glulam engineered wood products for use in building and construction.

Part of Taranakipine™ an experienced and trusted manufacturer of engineered timber products including Glulam for over 35 years; the team at Woodspan® are focused on providing sustainable, high quality product solutions to the building industry.

Sustainability

Addressing the climate and environmental crises we face today will not be possible without changing the way we build. Construction activities account for 30 percent of annual global carbon emissions. Choosing timber in design and construction can help tackle climate change in several ways. One of the most important is that wood stores carbon. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. Carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber until it rots, decays or is burnt.

New Zealand’s native forests, timber plantations and wood products are all net absorbers of greenhouse gases. In 2017, they sequestered (or stored) 24 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, enough to offset 29% of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The combination of carbon sequestration in growing trees and the long term carbon storage in wood products represents a significant net sink and store of carbon for New Zealand.

At Woodspan we are committed to combating climate change by promoting a clean environment and minimizing our environmental footprint. We apply this philosophy to both our mass timber products and our manufacturing processes.

Manufacturing Process

CNC Processing

At Woodspan we fabricate our PLT panels and Glulam beams using the most advanced CNC processing technology available in New Zealand. Installed in 2019 our Hundegger Robot Drive has two processing spindles; an 800mm diameter 5-axis saw and a 6-axis robot head that can access all six sides of the timber component without having to turn the panel or beam over, greatly increasing production efficiency. The CNC machine is driven by CAMBIUM software developed specifically by Hundegger to aide DFMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) principles.

Our machine can process laminated timber cross-sections 300mm high, 1250mm wide and up to 10 metres long and can process a standard Woodspan PLT floor panel from start to finish in approximately six minutes to extremely precise dimensional accuracies.

For our customers there are two key benefits – reducing construction time at the building site due to significantly lower install time and improved building component quality due to the accuracy of CNC processing and controlled offsite manufacture.

Installation

Installation of Woodspan PLT is significantly faster then more traditional construction methods. The Woodspan Design & Install Guide (download here) provides guidance to construction professionals preparing for installation.

To view an animation of a Woodspan PLT panel installation go to our You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wryhQzGnLhkjhyVI3U-yA/featured

Industry Membership

Woodspan PLT Panels manufactured by Taranakipine are members of the following organisations;