CLT in Europe

CLT production is expected to double until 2020

Article by Gerd Ebner, translated by Susanne Höfler | 13.06.2017 - 17:15

It is expected that three years from now, the number 1 and 2 producers will still be the same two companies: Binderholz and Stora Enso. Both are likely to increase their production capacity until then. Binderholz announced another expansion of their site in Burgbernheim, without yet specifying the projected extent. Stora Enso is to decide until the beginning of July whether a third site of 75,000 m³/yr will be implemented or not.
Third place, in theory, goes to Legal & General: The British enterprise has ordered the world's biggest CLT press with the dimensions 20 by 6 m. This press is designed for a capacity of 120,000 m³/yr when running in one-shift operation. The three Austrian enterprises KLH, which is the new Pfeifer Holz site in Lauterbach/DE, Hasslacher Norica Timber and Mayr-Melnhof occupy places 4 through 7 in Europe.

The total European CLT production of last year reached around 670,000 m³. Considering a simplified comparison of this figure with the European demand in 2016 and assuming a market growth rate of 15% for the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 - an estimation that industry insiders deem quite realistic - a theoretical demand of 1.2 million m³/yr is the result. This would precisely match the production volume precalculated by Timber-Online (see table; currently known projects as at June 2017).

Cross-laminated timber production in Europe | 2016-2020
rent and prospective productions of >10,000 m³/yr
Enterprise Location 2016 prospective¹ Remarks
Binderholz² Unternberg/AT, Burgbernheim/DE 145,000 210,000 excl. announced 2nd
stage of expansion in Burgbernheim
Stora Enso Bad St. Leonhard/AT, Ybbs/AT 130,000 210,000 incl. 75,000 m³ for 3rd production site in Sweden
Legal & General³ Great Britain 120,000 to receive press for elements of 6 m height (Ligna novelty)
KLH Massivholz Katsch a. d. Mur/AT 88,000 110,000 new press taken into account
Pfeifer Holz Lauterbach 100,000 theoretical full operation in 2019
Hasslacher Norica Timber Stall im Mölltal/AT 40,000 80,000 incl. second press
Mayr-Melnhof Holz Gaishorn/AT 60,000 80,000
CLT Finland Hoisko/FI 5,000 40,000 full operation with current machinery. 70,000 m³ after expansion
Eugen Decker Morbach/DE 25,000 30,000
Züblin Timber Aichach/DE 30,000 30,000
Lignotrend Weilheim-Bannholz/DE 25,000 25,000
Cross Timber Systems Jelgava/LV 25,000
X-Lam Dolomiti⁴ Castelnuovo/IT 20,000 23,000
Weinberger Holz Reichenfels/AT 5,500 20,000 no conventional CLT, supplementary product
Martinsons Bygdsiljum/SE 20,000
W. u. J. Derix Niederkrüchten/DE 12,500 15,000
Schilliger Holz² Küssnacht/CH 13,000 13,000
Total* 599,000 1,151,000
Total** 680,000 1,250,000
* Total of productions, ** Total of data/estimations given by the enterprise in table plus estimation of unquoted known productions with less than 10,000 m³ of annual production.
1: Timber-Online estimation for upcoming years (up until 2020); 2: 2016 Timber-Online estimation; 3: One-shift operation; 4: 2016 and subsequent years, estimated
Source: Data given by enterprise/supplier; Timber-Online estimation | © Timber-Online 2017