The increase in cutting in Austrian sawmills is partly due to the positive economic development last year, especially in the first months. Additionally, there were big quantities of wood damaged by storms and bark beetles, which had to be removed from forests and which led to a very high availability of raw material.
In 2019, the cutting volume of those companies who reported their figures reached a total of 13.2 million m³. Compared to 2018, this is an increase of 4.7% which is the result of higher cutting volumes of many companies, Sägewerk Holz Hahn in Rappottenstein, which is new in the list, and the reconstruction of Kirchner in Radstadt after the fire at the end of 2017.
According to the industry report 2018/19 of the Timber Industry Association of Austria, sawn timber production of all companies amounted to 10.4 million m³ (including hardwood) in 2018. Assuming a 5% increase, this would mean a total of 10.9 million m³ in 2019.
Austria’s single biggest production site is located in Leoben where Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding reached a record cutting volume of 1.3 million m³ in 2019. Holzindustrie Maresch in Retz follows closely in second place with 1.29 million m³. Stora Enso’s site in Ybbs and Binderholz’s sawmill in Fügen also passed the one million mark with 1.19 million m³ and 1.04 million m³, respectively. The ten biggest sawmills which reported their 2019 figures stated a cutting volume of 10.23 million m³.
When adding the companies (estimate) who did not specify quantities, cutting reached a total of about 15.3 million m³ in 2019.
Looking at the target figures of Austrian sawmills (including estimates by Timber-Online), cutting could further increase in 2020, to around 15.9 million m³. Most of the target figures for 2020 are stable on this year’s level. However, some of the bigger companies want to raise cutting. Two new constructions or changes to existing sites, which will have an effect in 2020 and 2021, are Hasslacher Norica Timber in Preding and Holzindustrie Handlos in Summerau. So far, cutting volume at Handlos has not been confirmed but is estimated to reach about 250,000 m³ a year. In Preding one-shift cutting capacity is going to rise to 500,000 m³ a year.
|Austrian sawmills with an annual cutting volume of over 50,000 m³, processing and drying quantities of 2019; cutting volumes in 1,000 m³|
|Company||Site||Cutting 2017||Cutting 2018||Cutting 2019||Planned cutting 2020||Staff||Processing (m³/year)||Drying (m³/year)|
|Binderholz (2)||Fügen||960||1,040||1,050||1,040||2,750||planed timber: 320,000; glulam: 270,000; solid wood panels: 22,000 in Fügen, 70,000 in St. Georgen||800,000|
|Egger Holz||Liezen||124||140||140||145||42||pallets: 8,000||90,000|
|Erhart Holz||Sonntag||55||55||60||60||35||planed timber: 2,000, cuts: 8,000||30,000|
|Säge Gußwerk (3)||Gußwerk||50||55||52||65||33||planed timber: 18,000; spruce/fir/pine moon timber; special rift/semi-rift cuts in spruce, fir, larch||28,000|
|Holz Hahn||Rappottenstein||–||–||73||80||31||solid structural timber, glulam, duo beams: 35,000||25,000|
|Hasslacher Hermagor||Hermagor||155||165||180||190||70||planed timber: 20,000, pellets: 25,000 tons (premium pellets)||110,000|
|Hasslacher Norica Timber (4)||Sachsenburg||970||1,050||850||820||1,700||planed timber: 160,000; solid structural timber: 120,000; glulam: 170,000; CLT: 65,000; pellets: 70,000 tons||770,000|
|Hutter Sägewerk||St. Michael/
|85||90||90||90||40||finger-jointed and glued knot-free products in spruce and fir; Faszino facade; SGL- middle layers for three-layer panels and parquet; ca. 16,000||28,000|
|Holzindustrie Kaml & Huber||Rottenmann||100||105||120||120||32||––||80,000|
|Kirchner Säge- und Hobelwerk (5)||Radstadt||83||––||90||100||30||slats: 8,000||40,000|
|Holzindustrie Kirnbauer||Prigglitz||80||105||120||120||80||glulam, duo, trio beams, solid structural timber: 70,000||68,000|
|Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding (6)||Leoben||998||1,200||1,300||1,350||1,950||––||450,000|
|Josef Moser||Münichreith||60||60||60||60||22||FSC certified; 6,000 m³ of hardwood||17,000|
|125||125||130||132||55||planed timber: 15,000, cutting of slats: 22,000||70,000|
|Johann Offner Holzindustrie||Wolfsberg||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||––||n/s|
|Johann Pabst Holzindustrie||Obdach||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||planed timber, glulam, pellets||n/s|
|Pfeifer Holzindustrie (7)||Imst||60||60||60||50||2.000||processing: 400,000||500,000|
|Planegger Holz||Launsdorf||85||100||100||n/s||33||pallets: 10,000||35,000|
|Prehofer Holz||Rutzenmoos||60||70||80||80||35||planed timber: 15,000||15,000|
|Donausäge Rumplmayr||Enns, Altmünster||650||750||750||780||165||95,000||365,000|
|Samonig Sägewerk||Fürnitz||53||51||45||50||28||planed timber||25,000|
|Schaffer Sägewerk & Holzexport||Eppenstein||100||106||105||110||67||––||45,000|
|Holzindustrie Schafler||Hirnsdorf||––||52||60||60||85||Euro pallets, special pallets, collars, crates, overseas packaging||25,000|
|Holzhof Schmidt||Aspang||60||80||90||90||25||pellets: 14,000||50,000|
|Schößwendter Holz||Saalfelden||250||250||250||250||120||planed timber: 55,000||n/s|
|Sägewerk Josef Steurer||Schwarzach||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s|
|Stora Enso Wood Products||Brand||750||750||770||n/s||290||planed timber: 200,000, posts: 55,000||360,000|
|Ybbs||1,100||1,200||1,190||n/s||470||planed timber: 300,000, posts: 75,000, CLT: 100,000||630,000|
|Bad St. Leonhard||600||600||590||n/s||260||planed timber: 20,000, CLT: 80,000||280,000|
|Brüder Theurl||Assling||455||480||500||500||250||glulam: 103,000, planed timber: 35,000; CLT starting in May||n/s|
|Troger-Holz||Vomp||300||330||325||325||100||formwork panels: 250,000 m²||150,000|
|Sägewerk UPM Steyrermühl||Laakirchen||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||n/s||––||n/s|
|VM-Holz||Vöcklamarkt||590||640||660||700||140||pellets: 101,000 tons||340,000|
|Zwickl Holz (8)||Raabs/Thaya, Jemnice/CZ||62||60||60||60||n/s||planed timber: 2,200||7,000|
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