Andreas Gemmrich

Manufacturing Manager

I love to create with wood. It is a passion I discovered at the age of twelve that still drives me today. I’m dedicated to delivering high quality products that make the best possible use of the resource. To that end, I continuously strive to expand my knowledge and experience in this field.

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Andreas is a 25-year timber industry veteran with extensive processing and manufacturing knowledge and experience.

He holds a Timber-Process Engineering degree from the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His credentials are recognised in Australia through membership with the Institute of Engineers Australia. In addition, Andreas is a trade qualified cabinet maker.

Over the years he has worked in different areas of the timber and construction industries in both Australia and Canada. Andreas has held several Engineering, Production Management and Project Management roles in the kitchen industry. During this time, he has successfully planned and realised several manufacturing facilities. Among them is a large-scale (6.000 m2) cabinet manufacturing facility and distribution centre, utilising state-of-the-art manufacturing automation and CNC technology. He also project-managed the implementation of a company-wide ERP software solution for said facility enabling the manufacturing processes and factory automation and integrating them with all other business processes from first client contact through materials management to product dispatch and client invoicing.

Andreas co-owned and operated a high-end custom woodworking and cabinetry company in Canada. Unfortunately, the GFC saw an unsustainable fall in product demand from early 2008. This eventually forced the orderly closure of the business and led to a move to Australia and a transition to the prefabricated construction industry. Here he first participated in the development of a complete product suite of a factory-made permanent formwork system. Andreas was also charged with managing the manufacturing of all products in a pilot factory and was part of a team developing an investment proposal for a large-scale automated production facility for said product line (25,000 m2).

When an opportunity presented itself, Andreas took a position as the Manufacturing Manager for a 15,000m2 facility for mass timber processing and lightweight timber frame manufacturing owned by Lendlease in Sydney. The decision was based on the ability to combine a very strong desire to advance sustainability in the construction industry with his passion for prefabrication and the wish to return to his timber “roots”. While in this role, the facility delivered four groundbreaking and award-winning large-scale commercial mass timber buildings in Australia.

In an Australian construction context, he believes that a lot of improvements can and must urgently be made towards much greater energy efficiency of buildings while also working to reduce negative environmental impacts from the build process. Andreas is convinced that the key to achieving this lies in the development of an optimised and fully engineered product mix of prefabricated building elements with engineering done under consideration of current state-building physics knowledge, made with sustainably grown and certified timber and precision manufactured in modern automated manufacturing facilities.

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