The biggest pellet producers in the DACH region

Article by Timber-Online | 03.11.2021 - 14:49

With its six production sites and 400,000 tons, RZ Pellets has the biggest capacities in Austria this year. The company’s overall output was 367,000 tons. Pfeifer Holz follows in second place with a capacity of 180,000 tons (planned production in 2020: 175,000 t), of which 150,000 tons were produced in Kundl alone, Austria’s biggest single production site. With its four sites in Austria, Binderholz had an overall capacity of 172,000 tons of pellets in 2020. Peter Seppele in Carinthia is in fourth place with 150,000 tons (planned production in 2020: 140,000 t).

In Germany, ante-holz has an overall annual production capacity of 425,000 tons at its two sites in Bromskirchen-Somplar and Rottleberode and plans to double capacity in Rottleberode in 2022. Sägewerk Schwaiger of Hengersberg operates the biggest single production site in Germany with 290,000 tons a year and is closely followed by Wismar Pellets and Pfeifer Holz, each with a possible annual output of 250,000 tons.

In 2020, ante-holz was the number one in Germany in terms of pellet production with 320,000 tons. Holzindustrie Schwaiger is in second place with 275,000 tons, followed by Holz Pfeifer which produced 225,000 tons at its two sites. EC Bioenergie with five production sites and Wismar Pellets each had an output of 215,000 tons. Holzwerke Weinzierl follow in fifth place with 200,000 tons. The ranking only includes companies which reported their production quantities.

Pfeifer Holz operates another two production sites in the Czech Republic and has an overall capacity of 600,000 tons and an output of 552,000 tons in all three countries (six sites in total) this year. Adding Binderholz’s production sites in Germany to the ones in Austria, the company has a capacity of 362,000 tons a year.

Since 2021, another two wood processing companies make wood pellets from their wood waste: HS Timber Group at its Kodersdorf site (capacity: 198,000 t) and Ziegler Naturenergie of Pressath (225,000 t in the first expansion phase). Ziegler Group plans to raise capacity at its site in the Upper Palatinate to 300,000 tons a year in a second expansion phase. Holzwerke Ladenburger also started producing wood pellets in Bopfingen (capacity: 60,000 t) this year and Rettenmeier Holzindustrie in Ramstein (120,000 t) is another newcomer in the segment.

EHO Pellets, based in Rohrbach an der Lafnitz and an affiliate of the Rubner group, wants to start up a production site with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons in February 2022. Also next year, RZ Pellets plans to put its seventh pellet plant in operation in Sollenau which is to have a capacity of 40,000 tons.

In 2021, Switzerland’s biggest pellet producer is Tschopp Holzindustrie with a capacity of 130,000 tons and an output of 120,000 tons. Agro Energie Rigi (capacity: 50,000 t), Valais Pellets (capacity: 12,000 t) and Matterhorn Pellets (30,000 t) are three new producers which entered the Swiss pellet sector in 2020.

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