Engineered TimberTimber ConstructionWoodworkingMass Timber Technologies MD

Marcus is the 31-year-old co-founder and managing director of Johannesburg based Mass Timber Technologies (MTT), which he describes as “A progressive and innovative business based on design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA) engineered timber solutions for the built environment”.

In an interview with WoodBiz Africa, he says the market for timber structures is slowly emerging across Africa. With a lighter carbon footprint and lower energy consumption of any building material in its life cycle, timber construction methods are quicker and simpler, leading to a cost-competitive building product.

“We have to accept that it takes over 20 years for trees to grow. Being an active part of the forestry economy teaches us the value of learning from people who have been in it for a long time. It involves thorough research and development, health and safety standards, and precision in design and manufacturing.

“Driving new technology into the sector has been met with hesitation, but as we begin to see larger projects materialise, we are fostering confidence and more involvement from primary producers”, he comments.

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