Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has appointed Malcolm Vaughton as general manager of its newly formed glulam business.
DTE currently supplies a small volume of cut to size glulam beams, and some glulam structures, but it is now setting its sights on becoming the UK’s market leader in the design and supply of secondary processed glulam.
Vaughton, the former UK MD of the Danish glulam producer, Lilleheden, joined DTE in November and has a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of DTE, said: “In recent years, the number of suppliers for glulam projects has diminished, creating an opportunity for us. The initial plan is to establish relationships with key feature glulam beam producers in Europe, so we can source material competitively for project tenders we’ve won and designed using external engineers. Longer term, it is our intention to design, detail and carry out elements of the secondary production processing in-house. Malcolm has incredible industry knowledge and will be a crucial asset to us as we take this new path. It’s a very exciting venture for us and we’re looking forward to seeing it take shape.”
Vaughton added: “I’ve worked with glulam for over 40 years and DTE’s entry to the marketplace in the UK will have a really positive impact on customers. Glulam products suit a wide variety of end uses and are a cost effective and easy to construct solution, in many cases lowering overall costs and improving speed of build relative to other materials. I’m looking forward to meeting with businesses and customers to discuss the benefits of glulam as we begin this new endeavour.”