About Xyletec

Xyletec Developments, LTD is a company with global roots and local reach.

Headquartered in Ashburton, New Zealand, Xyletec has spent over 12 years developing a novel steam explosion technology. This technology is designed to utilize a variety of feedstock sources to produce highly-engineered lightweight composite fillers with positive environmental and economic impacts.

The origin of the Xyletec Research and Development company goes back to the early 1990s. A steam engineer, Andrew Rafferty, and a research scientist joined forces to research a theory and set about proving their vision. During the research and development phase, Xyletec successfully conducted evaluation tests and trials on a variety of feedstock materials including sawdust, dried distillers grains and solubles, corn hulls, and soy flake feedstock.

In early 2002, the company we know today (Xyletec Developments Limited) was formed involving 3 shareholder companies. The company has since expanded even further, and has commissioned a production plant in Kearney, Nebraska (USA). The location of the facility leverages the proximity of ethanol plants that process corn into ethanol. A co-product of that process is a material commonly referred to as DDGS (dried distillers grains and solubles). The corn-to-ethanol process insures a plentiful, cost-effective source of raw material.

The ability to utilize abundant resources from thriving agricultural hubs across the globe allows Xyletec to put its technology to the use for which it was intended — as a boon to the environment, the communities within it, and the individuals who keep them running.


Current locations in the US and NZ, with global growth on the horizon.


4303 E. 39th St.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 224-2138

2 Hazeldean Road
New Zealand 8024

About Xyletec

Xyletec is a company that uses dry distilled grains like corn and steam to form a lighter composite material that can be put into resins for plastics & more.