Knotwood branches timber alternative out to the world stage

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Amid a shakeup of the construction industry, a Gold Coast-produced alternative to timber is shaking the branches of the residential and commercial building industry globally.

“People don’t always think of the Gold Coast as a manufacturing and heavy engineering hub. But there’s some reasonably big players and lots of pockets of industry here and it’s very, very busy,” he said.

“You’re close to the major highways, rail and close to docks. It’s actually very easy, and then there’s a very nice lifestyle.

“We’ve got a lot of growth opportunity, so it’s a very good place to be.”

Knotwood is about to open a manufacturing plant in Manchester, England, after the business took off in the United Kingdom after recently exhibiting the product at the Grand Designs Live 22 by the British Institute of Interior Design in London.

It also exports to New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and South Africa.

Knotwood complies with Australia’s highest Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating, which is an Australian government standard that measures the potential for a home to be exposed to bush fire attack.

The BAL rating dictates the materials and building design elements that need to be taken into account during construction.

“If you are going to try and melt aluminium, it would be ridiculous because nothing else would survive at that temperature,” Curran said.

“It is at the highest safety levels.”

Curran said the business remained all-Australian and headquartered on the Gold Coast.

Founded by the Galway family over a decade ago, it is now owned by Darren Galway and business partner Michael Saba, previously a co-founder of Swisse Wellness.

The company uses aluminium sourced from Gladstone in central Queensland and then powder coats and wraps the product in a printed film, baking on the design that gives it the wood effect with as many as 41 different hues.

The end product is recyclable alternative for applications for architectural facades, garage doors, benches, gates, shutters and decking.

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