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TOP EUROPEAN SAWMILLS 2018

Optimism in the form of figures

Article by Gerd Ebner, translated by Susanne Höfler | 04.05.2018 - 14:17

The 20 largest sawmills in Europe are planning on producing a total of almost 37.3 million m³ of softwood lumber this year. This would top the respectable result of previous year - 35.7 million m³ - by an additional 5% or 1.6 million m³. With this, the top businesses of the sawmill sector are aiming to grow twice as much as the EU's GDP (+2.3%). The main reasons: booming overseas markets and a solid growth rate in Europe.

From 11th to 2nd place

The most apparent change in the Timber-Online survey is the jump Binderholz made: The sawyer moved up nine places from the 11th to the 2nd place in the ranking of the largest sawmills. Due to the integration of the three sawmill locations of Klenk Holz, their total production now amounts to 3.2 million m³ of softwood lumber in 2018.

The Ilim league: from 800,000 m³/yr

Using the output per production as a benchmark for efficiency, Ilim Timber is a league of its own. Their 800,000 m³ per location are unique - apart from the large single production sites of Ziegler (900,000 m³/yr) and Mercer (770,000 m³/yr), the Russian-German enterprise is operating the most high-output sawmills in the whole of Europe.

Still number 9 in Europe is Holzindustrie Schweighofer. "Still" in this case refers to their procurement difficulties in Romania. Currently, the company is dependent on damaged timber imports from all over Europe. Block trains are coming in from the damage zones in Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, or Germany. Holzindustrie Schweighofer could however strengthen its position with new constructions.

Europe's top 20 softwood lumber producers | 2017/target 2018
Ranked according to target 2018, in 1000 m³
Rank
2018
 
Company Country⁶ Number of
sawmills
2016 2017 2018
(target)

Change
in %

2017/2018

1 Stora Enso¹ FI 19
4600 4930 5050 2
2 Binderholz + Klenk Holz² AT 7 1550 2900 3200 93
3 Ilim Timber³ DE 2 1520 1600 1650 3
4 Pfeifer Holz AT 6 2050 2100 2200 5
5 SCA Timber SE 5 2000 2090 2150 3
6 Moelven Group¹ NO 17 2110 2000 2200 10
7 Metsä Fibre FI 7 1800 1860 1860 0
8 Södra Timber¹ SE 7 1900 1840 1900 3
9 Holzindustrie Schweighofer RO 4 2000 1800 1800 0
10 Mayr-Melnhof Holz AT 3 1700 1700 1800 6
11 Vida Timber¹ SE 8 1480 1700 1820 7
12 Rettenmeier Holzindustrie¹ DE 5 1400 1700 1800 6
13 Setra Group¹ SE 9 1650 1650 1700 3
14 UPM Timber¹ FI 4 1400 1400 1450 4
15 Versowood FI 4 1300 1350 1350 0
16 Fruytier Group⁴ BE 11 1230 1330 1380 4
17 BSW Timber¹ UK 8 1250 1130 1200 6
18 Ziegler Holzindustrie⁵ DE 1 910 960 990 3
19 Karl Hedin¹ SE 5 860 900 5
20 Ante-Holz⁵ DE 2 740 770 910 18
Total 33,817* 35,670 37,270 5