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Austria's top sawmills of 2018

Article by Martina Nöstler, translated by Susanne Höfler | 31.12.2018 - 16:46

Plus 7%

Austria's largest sawmills (individual sites) of 2018 were Holzindustrie Maresch, Retz, Mayr-Melnhof in Leoben as well as Stora Enso in Ybbs with 1.2 million sm³ each. Binderholz, Fügen, also cracked the 1 million mark with a total of 1.04 million sm³. The ten biggest enterprises in Austria together yielded a cutting volume of 9.92 million sm³ in 2018. In total, the reported cutting volume of all enterprises amounted to 12.61 million sm³ which in comparison to 2017 means an increase by 7.1% or +830,000 sm³. 

Adding those sawmills that did not provide any figures, the cutting volume of Austrian sawmills with an output above 50,000 sm³/yr totals 14.4 million sm³ according to Timber-Online estimations.

Cutting will increase further

The projected figures for 2019 indicate that the good economic situation for Austria's sawmill industry could continue. A lot of enterprises expect cutting increases. The biggest growth is anticipated by Holzindustrie Maresch with an increase by 100,000 sm³ to a total of 1.3 million sm³. From 2020 onwards, even more increases could occur: Hasslacher Norica Timber announced the expansion of its Preding site in May 2018. The investments are expected to be completed in 2020. After that, the Styrian location is said to reach a cutting volume of up to 600,000 sm³/yr. Currently, the annual output amounts to about 250,000 sm³.

Still pending is a new sawmill construction in (Upper) Austria. The company is busy planning, also the property has already been purchased. A definite decision, however, has not yet been made. What is missing is, among other things, a construction permit. Due to the good order situation of machine producers, however, a launch in 2019 seems unlikely at this point.

Company Locations 2017 (1,000 sm³) 2018 (1,000 sm³) Target 2019 (1,000 sm³) Employees Further processing (m³/yr) Drying (m³/yr)
Binderholz *2

Fügen 960 1,040 1,050 2,750 PG: 250,000; glulam: 220,000; solid wood boards: 15,000 in Fügen, 81,000 in St. Georgen 800,000
Brunner-Stern Hohenberg 70 80 90 n/s n/s 40,000
Egger Holz Liezen 124 140 145 42 Pallets: 8,000 90,000
Entacher Großarl n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s
Erhart Holz Sonntag 55 55 60 35 PG: 2,000, Blanks: 8,000 25,000
Säge Gußwerk Gußwerk 50 55 55 32 PG: 18,000; Moon timber in spruce, fir and pine; Special loggings in rift/semi-rift in spruce, fir and larch
30,000
Hasslacher Hermagor Hermagor 155 165 175 65 PG: 20,000, pellets: 25,000 t (premium pellets) 100,000
Hasslacher Norica Timber *3
Sachsenburg, Preding 970 1,050 1,050 770 PG: 160,000; KVH: 110,000; glulam: 150,000; CLT: 60,000; pellets: 70,000 t 770,000
Hutter Sägewerk St. Michael im Lungau 85 90 90 40 Finger-jointed and glued knot-free products spruce and fir; Faszino facade; SGL center plies for 3-S-borads and parquet; ca. 16,000 28,000
Holzindustrie Kaml & Huber Rottenmann 100 105 120 32 –– 70,000
Kirchner Säge- und Hobelwerk *4 Radstadt 83 –– 90 30 PG: 8,000 38,000
Holzindustrie Kirnbauer Prigglitz 80 105 120 72 Glulam, Duo (KVH): 70,000 35,000
Klausbauer Holzindustrie Lainbach n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s
Holzindustrie Maresch Retz 1,165 1,200 1,300 195 –– ––
Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding *5 Leoben 998 1,200 1,150 1,859 glulam: 190,000; CLT: 70,000 400,000
Josef Moser Münichreith 60 60 60 23 FSC certified; 6,000 sm³ hardwood 17,000
Mosser Holzindustrie *1 Wolfpassing 325 350 350 60 n/s 150,000
Neuschmied Holz Hopfgarten im Brixental 125 125 128 50 PG: 11,600; batten cutting: 21,700 70,000
Johann Offner Holzindustrie Wolfsberg n/s n/s n/s n/s –– n/s
Johann Pabst Holzindustrie Obdach n/s n/s n/s n/s PG, glulam, pellets n/s
Pfeifer Holzindustrie *6 Imst 60 60 60 2,000 Further processing: 400,000 500,000
  Kundl 600 600 600      
Planegger Holz *1 Launsdorf 85 85 85 36 Pallet stock: 15,000 35,000
Prehofer Säge- u. Hobelwerk Rutzenmoos 60 70 70 35 PG: 15,000 15,000
Rubner Holzindustrie Rohrbach a. d. Lafnitz 300 300 320 115 Duo/trio beams NSi: 35,000 170,000
Donausäge Rumplmayr Enns, Altmünster 650 750 750 165 95,000 360,000
Samonig Sägewerk Fürnitz 53 51 50 28 –– 23,000
Schaffer Sägewerk & Holzexport Eppenstein 100 106 100 65 –– 40,000
Holzindustrie Schafler Hirnsdorf –– 52 52 84 Euro and special pallets, collars, boxes, overseas packaging 20,000
Holzhof Schmidt Aspang 60 80 85 25 Pellets: 14,000 40,000
Schößwendter Holz Saalfelden 250 250 250 120 PG: 55,000 n/s
Holzindustrie Stallinger  Frankenmarkt n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s
Gebrüder Steininger Rastenfeld 300 310 310 55 n/s 90,000
Sägewerk Josef Steurer Schwarzach n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s n/s
Stora Enso Wood Products Brand 750 750 n/s 300 PG: 200,000, Post: 55,000 360,000
  Ybbs 1,100 1,200 n/s 500 PG: 300,000, Post: 75,000, CLT: 95,000 630,000
  Bad St. Leonhard 600 600 n/s 290 PG: 20,000, CLT: 75,000 280,000
Brüder Theurl Assling 455 480 n/s 220 Glulam: 90,000, PG: 28,000 n/s
Troger-Holz Vomp 300 330 330 90 Shuttering panels: 250,000 m2 150,000
Sägewerk UPM Steyrermühl Laakirchen n/s n/s n/s n/s –– n/s
VM-Holz Vöcklamarkt 590 640 660 130 Pellets: 90,000 t 330,000
Zwickl Holz *7 Raabs/Thaya, Jemnice/CZ 62 60 60 n/s PG: 2,400 8,000