Formed by glulam producers and manufacturers, the Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia
(GLTAA) set the industry standards, implement a code of practice and policing policy, in order to add credibility to the product.
Glulam producers work closely with the CSIRO and Monash University in Victoria in order to develop the necessary infrastructure and tools for the GLTAA to operate effectively.
The different types of Glulam
Glued laminated timber (glulam) is a natural structural material that is a valued added product which utilises short pieces of timber of relatively small size and joins them by gluing into large structural timber.
With the acceptance of the structural adequacy of glulam and the implementation of quality control procedures, timber has retained or recaptured its traditional markets.
Decorative glulam is used for:
- kitchen benchtops
- bar tops
- stair treads and stringers
- kitchen cabinet doors
- coffee tables
As it is used for decorative application, this type of glued laminated timber does not require structural strength, rather aesthetics, durability and hardness.
Structural glulam is used primarily for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and is produced by most of the GLTAA members.
The timber species used in the manufacturing process differs from producer to producer. In the west, the predominant timber species is Jarrah, in the south east, Tasmanian Oak and Radiata Pine and in the north east, Spotted Gum, Slash Pine and other mixed hardwoods, such as Blackbutt, Iron Bark, Sydney Blue Gum, etc.