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Google Maps aerial shot of Binderholz’s well-stocked log yard in Florida (April 2021) © Google Maps

INTERVIEW WITH BINDERHOLZ CEO REINHARD BINDER     

First US sawmill already operative

Article by Gerd Ebner (translated by Eva Guzely) | 19.05.2021 - 11:42

The machines at the production site in Florida are working better than expected. This already became clear during the maintenance phase. Binderholz’s core employees work closely together with the US team, most of whom have already worked for Klausner Lumber One.

At the same time, the basic work is being done in the sawmill in North Carolina. At both sites, Binderholz is supported by its core machine suppliers, such as Linck, Springer Maschinenfabrik or Ledinek. At the end of 2021, the trial operation is scheduled to start in Enfield, North Carolina.

Capacity increases everywhere

The current market situation also requires Binderholz’s European sites to cut record volumes of wood. In 2021, Binderholz wants “to cut well over 1.1 million m³ of log wood” at its headquarters in Fügen. The Oberrot site already received a new Linck line. Furthermore, a second line will be installed in Baruth this year which will raise cutting to 1.8 million m³ a year at the site.

“We will need these additional quantities. I expect demand to remain high in the US, for example, in 2022 and 2023 as well,” predicts Binder. “In addition to the US, China is also struggling to secure its supply.”

Orders up 50% compared to 2020

In the first four months, Binderholz received 50% more orders year on year from the DACH region alone. “We can only serve our regular customers,” says Binder, highlighting the focus on the company’s domestic markets. “As for glulam, every customer from the DACH region receives their orders within four weeks.”

Demand for softwood lumber will remain high in 2022 and 2023 as well.

Reinhard Binder, CEO of Binderholz