austria / germany

The biggest KVH producers

Article by Holzkurier (translated by Eva Guzely) | 15.03.2021 - 08:53

In 2020, solid structural timber production in Austria and Germany passed the 3 million m³-mark for the first time.

Compared to 2019, output rose by 5.7% to 3.1 million m³. As for this year, producers expect another marked increase of 6.2%, which would bring the total to 3.3 million m³. In Austria, KVH production grew by 3.4% year on year and reached 561,000 m³ in 2020. The two biggest producers, i.e. the Hasslacher Group and Eschelmüller Holz, also reported the biggest increases. Hasslacher Group raised production by 15,000 m³ to 135,000 m³ at its site in Preding. Eschelmüller produced 95,000 m³ in Rothfarn (+20,000 m³) and became Austria’s second-biggest KVH producer, overtaking Abies Austria with a constant output of 85,000 m³.

In 2021, Eschelmüller wants to raise its output by another 43,000 m³ (to a total of 138,000 m³) and become the country’s biggest solid structural timber producer. “However, we can only reach this target, if there is sufficient raw material,” comments Ernst Eschelmüller. 

In Germany, production rose by 6.2% to 2.5 million m³ in 2020. With an output of 330,000 m³ (+15,000 m³), Ante-Holz is by far the biggest producer in Germany, followed by Ladenburger Holzwerke with 255,000 m³ (+5000 m³) and Lignopan Holzwerke Pfarrkirchen with 163,000 m³. With an additional 33,000 m³, the former Stora Enso production site in Pfarrkirchen recorded the biggest increase in Germany.

As for 2021, Rettenmeier Holzindustrie plans the strongest growth: At its Hirschberg site, the company wants to raise production by 35,000 m³ to 175,000 m³.

Instructions: The size of the circle symbolises the output of the single production sites (according to data gathered by Timber-Online). To compare companies, press and hold the shift key and click on the desired production sites. 1 m3 = the company did not provide details