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Planned growth in stages – entering CLT production, doubling glulam output etc., etc. …

Article by Gerd Ebner (translated by Eva Guzely) | 08.07.2019 - 14:21

Now comes the next step: “We have entered the cross-laminated timber production. It is a logical step since we’re dedicated to massive construction timber products”, comments Ante. “Transforming log wood into sawn timber has never been enough for us. We have been operating in the processing sector for decades and have been machining wood for our clients since the 1970s.”

The engineers are available already

Many timber companies don’t dare to take the step towards producing CLT because they fear what it entails, i.e. engineering, an in-house technical office and completely different distribution channels. “We are able to manufacture already thanks to our team of engineers and technicians”, Ante is convinced.

When it comes to mentality, the people of the Sauerland region are usually reserved. However, when we announce something, we follow through on it.

Jürgen Ante, owner of Ante-Holz

Multi-stage CLT production start

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“We started small with a Fankhauser vacuum press. At the moment, we are negotiating the expansion of our production capacity to 50,000 m³ a year. All suppliers are involved here”, explains managing director Jörn Kimmich. The company wants to have everything signed and sealed by the end of September.

Then, starting in 2020, industrial production will be started with an annual 50,000 m³. Ante-Holz intends to produce CLT in the company’s headquarters in Bromskirchen-Somplar as well as in Rottleberode in Saxony-Anhalt. “We want to stand on our own two feet. The 50,000 m³ a year are only the first step. More will follow.” The company already has the product approval for “Ante CLT”.

“Thanks to our experience in engineering and machining we can also start in the short term. When it comes to wall and ceiling elements with wood frames or glulam, which we have been offering for a while now, distribution is similar”, explains Kimmich. Ante-Holz is a 100% loyal to trade. As to construction projects, which require CLT or various elements, for example, the “local timber construction offices” are now among Ante-Holz’s clients as well.

Additional investments required

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Such a big step, like entering the CLT production, is accompanied by numerous investments on the part of Ante-Holz. Drying capacity, for example, is increased through eight Mühlböck drying chambers. “Apart from the outermost sideboards we dry everything. In the future, we want to dry, glue and plane all of the main products. In other words: With the exception of the outermost sideboards and the scantlings for packaging, everything is processed in-house”, says Kimmich.

Towards the end of this year, Maschinenfabrik Springer from Friesach, Austria is going to build the new log yard in Bromskirchen. Cutting capacity is raised to 1.85 million sm³ this year (950,000 sm³ in Bromskirchen, 900,000 sm³ in Rottleberode). In Rottleberode, planing capacity will reach 150,000 m³.

The higher drying and planing capacities make it possible to double the pellets production capacity. Thanks to two additional pellets presses (CPM on every production site) overall production will amount to 300,000 tons a year. Furthermore, the glulam production capacity in Bromskirchen will double to 100,000 m³ a year thanks to three used Minda presses.

US pioneer always present

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Ante-Holz has been exporting to the US already since 2001. “Due to our focus on processing, this market was never as important to us as it is to sawmills which concentrate entirely on export”, reminds Kimmich. Ante-Holz is present also during “unfavorable times”, but the company is able to adapt quantities to any given price and sales situation.

So far, the garden timber segment has been more attractive this year. According to Ante, the company was able to generate “+25%” in 2019. Most of the products are manufactured in a subsidiary in Poland. The success in this segment requires new planing capacities. And thus the circle closes again in this fully integrated company.

Ante-Holz timeline

  • 1927: Josef Ante, the grandfather of today’s owner Jürgen Ante, establishes a timber processing factory in Winterberg-Züschen.
  • 1979: In Bromskirchen-Somplar in Hesse, a sawmill for thin logs with a circular sawing system is built.
  • 1982/83: Jürgen Ante is the new owner of the company, the sawn timber production is moved to Bromskirchen-Somplar, and a chipper line is installed.
  • 1990: Installation of a band saw system for thick log wood
  • 1991: The machining center in Winterberg-Züschen is modernized.
  • 1994: Start of the solid structural timber and glulam production
  • 1995: Establishment of Ante-Holz Polska: production of garden timber products
  • 2001: Start of the pellets production line; Julia Ante becomes part of the administration
  • 2002: Ante-Holz is voted sawmill of the year by Holzkurier.
  • 2004: Construction of a high-performance planing plant
  • 2007: Construction of the sawmill complete with processing in Rottleberode (Saxony-Anhalt), start of solid structural timber production
  • 2019: Start of CLT production with a vacuum press; product approval obtained; Ante-Holz announces the doubling of the pellets and glulam production and the increase of its drying capacity; construction of the new log yard in Bromskirchen-Somplar
  • 2020: Installation of another CLT production plan (capacity: 50,000 m³/year)

Company headquarters Bromskirchen- Somplar

Staff: 450
Cutting: 950,000 sm³/year
Glulam production: 100,000 m³ (starting in 2020)
Solid structural timber production: 150,000 m³/year
Planing capacity: 300,000 m³/year
CLT production: 15,000 m³ (starting in 2019)
Pellets production: 150,000 t/year

Rottleberode

Staff: 250
Cutting: 900,000 sm³/year
Solid structural timber production: 180,000 m³/year
Planing capacity: 15,000 m³/year
CLT production: 50,000 m³ (starting in 2020)
Pellets production: 150,000 t/year

Solid structural timber Top 5 | Plan 2019 (Production in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, in m³)
Place
Company Country Plan 2019
1 Ante-Holz Bromskirchen/Rottleberode/DE 330,000
2 Stora Enso Pfarrkirchen/DE, Ždírec/CZ 265,000
3 Ladenburger Bopfingen/DE 230,000
4 Binderholz, Klenk Holz Jenbach/AT, Baruth/DE 150,000
5 Rettenmeier Hirschberg/DE 150,000
CLT Top 5 + Newcomer | 2019/2020 (Production in Europe, in m³)
Place Company Production site 2019
1 Binderholz Unternberg/AT, Burgbernheim/DE 195,000
2 Stora Enso Bad St. Leonhard/AT, Ybbs/AT 170,000
3 KLH Massivholz Katsch a. d. Mur/AT 110,000
* Derix Westerkappeln/DE 100,000
** Pfeifer Schlitz/DE 100,000
*** Theurl Steinfeld/AT 100,000
4 Mayr-Melnhof Holz Gaishorn/AT 75,000
**** Ante-Holz Bromskirchen-Somplar/DE 65,000
5 Hasslacher Norica Timber Stall im Mölltal/AT 55,000
Glulam Top 10 | 2018 (Production in Germany and Austria, in m³)
Place Company Production site 2018
1 Hasslacher + Nordlam Sachsenburg, Magdeburg 328,000
2 Mayr-Melnhof Holz 

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Gaishorn

258,000

160,000

3 Binderholz Jenbach 250,000
4 Mosser Randegg 180,000
5 Schneider Eberhardzell 140,000
6 Hüttemann Wismar 125,000
7 Bullinger Neuruppin 125,000
8 Pfeifer Holz Imst 120,000
9 Weinberger Holz Abtenau, Reichenfels  110,000
10 Eugen Decker Morbach 100,000
  Ante-Holz* Bromskirchen 100,000
Softwood sawn timber Top 10 | Plan 2019 (Cutting in Germany, in 1,000  m³)
Place Company Production site Plan 2019
1 Binderholz/Klenk 4 3,534
2 Ilim* 2 2,920
3 Pfeifer 3 2,250
4 Ziegler Holzindustrie 1 1,950
5 Ante-Holz 2 1,850
6 Rettenmeier 3 1,800
7 Mercer Timber 1 1,350
8 HIT Torgau 1 1,100
9 Schwaiger 1 1,050
10 Schweighofer 1 1,025