Sustained strong growth

Article by Günther Jauk (translated by Eva Guzely) | 07.11.2022 - 14:34

This year, the market will see even stronger growth: Manufacturers expect a 17% increase which will bring total production to 1.28 million m³ (see table). This increase is mainly the result of new production sites which went into operation in 2020 and 2021 and are now gradually ramping up production.

New plants in Austria and Germany

In Austria, new production sites started operating at Theurl Austrian Premium Timber in Steinfeld and at industry veteran KLH in Wiesenau. In Germany, the CLT plants of HBS Berga in Berga, Pfeifer Group in Schlitz, Schwarzwald Holzbausysteme in Friesenheim and Holzwerke van Roje in Oberhonnefeld in particular are recording substantial production increases. The latter, Holzwerke van Roje, only started putting its plant into operation in the spring of this year. Furthermore, production started at LOC Holz in Arbing/AT, Holzbauwerk Schwarzwald in Besenfeld/DE and at Stora Enso’s fourth CLT plant in the Czech town of Ždírec. Together with the company’s existing production sites in Gruvön/SE, Bad St. Leonhard/AT and Ybbs/AT, overall capacity will reach 410,000 m³ a year in the future, outperforming any other manufacturer.

Big projects in 2023

In 2023, four more CLT production sites will go into operation. At Mayr-Melnhof Holz’s headquarters in Leoben, the biggest investment project in the company’s history is currently underway: The group is building a cross-laminated timber plant with an annual capacity of 140,000 m³. Together with the production site in Gaishorn am See, the total capacity of the Styrian group will reach well over 200,000 m³ a year.

In 2023, Best Wood Schneider will put a sawmill and a cross-laminated timber line into operation at its newly established site in Meßkirch/DE, the latter having an annual capacity of 100,000 m³.

Mosser plans to operate a production line with a capacity of 55,000 m³ a year in Randegg/AT starting next year. Meanwhile, Swiss company Holzindustrie Schilliger will put a second CLT plant into operation at its French site in Volgelsheim on the German border, in addition to the production site in Küssnacht/CH.

Massive increases in capacities

In 2021, Ziegler Group announced a major project in Tirschenreuth, Bavaria. The company plans to invest €220 million in the construction of a timber construction competence center, two production lines for cross-laminated timber, each with an annual capacity of 75,000 m³, and a production line for up to 3,000 prefabricated houses per year. After the completion of the development plan process, construction is scheduled to begin in early 2024.

Founded in 2019 in Kaiserslautern/DE, Cltech wants to start operating a CLT plant already in 2024. Currently, Cltech specializes in timber engineering as well as timber frame and solid timber constructions using non-finished cross-laminated timber elements which the company buys from other suppliers.

If you add up existing capacities and the possible production output of the announced CLT plants, production capacity amounts to over 2.3 million m³ a year.

Cross-laminated timber production AT | DE | CH | CZ | IT
Glued products, quantities in m³; 2021 | target 2022 
Company Site 2021 Target 2022 One-shift capacity Products/services Joint gluing Adhesive Types of wood for surface Format up to [m]
Agrop Nova Ptení/CZ 7,000 8,000 n/a visible quality, top layers without finger joints, up to 10 m; acoustic/ribbed elements, sound insulation, finished surfaces yes PUR, MUF spruce, fir, Sib. Larch, oak veneer, old wood 2.95 x 12
Artuso Legnami* Caselle TV/IT 30,000 30,000 30,000 PUR spruce
best wood Schneider Eberhardzell/DE 25,000 25,000 n/a joining, varnishing yes PUR spruce widths of up to 1.25 m
Binderholz Bausysteme Unternberg/AT, Burgbernheim/DE 220,000 220,000 110,000 BBS 125 system format, BBS XL large format with visible quality PUR spruce, larch, Swiss pine, silver fir, antique 1.25 x 24; 3.5 x 22
CLT Suisse Orges/CH n/a n/a n/a
Eugen Decker Morbach/DE 25,000 25,000 25,000 special structures and formats no PUR spruce, Douglas fir, pine 3.3 x 16
FHS Holzbau Veseli n. L. /CZ 10,000 10,000 7,500 high-quality surfaces, ~ 20 types of wood, prefabricated CLT staircases with qualities A and B+ PUR around 20, e.g. spruce, oak, Swiss pine, larch 3.3 x 12.6
Derix-Gruppe Niederkrüchten/DE, Westerkappeln/DE 27,500 30,000 no MUF/PUR spruce, fir, larch 3.5 x 17.8
Hasslacher Gruppe Stall im Mölltal/AT 60,000 70,000 n/a X-fix, surface finishing, Excellent surface, dimensions ordered = dimensions billed, all surfaces sanded on request MUF spruce, larch, pine, fir, Swiss pine, birch, oak  3.2 x 20
Hasslacher Gruppe Magdeburg/DE n/a n/a n/a up to 24 m without universal finger joints, sanded up to 20 m, otherwise planed, X-fix, surface finishing, no standard lengths on request MUF spruce, fir 1.25 x 24
HBS Berga Berga/DE 5,000 42,000 35,000 sanded surfaces, visible quality from 2022, joining yes PUR spruce 3.5 x 16
HBS Berga Bromskirchen/DE 18,000 18,000 15,000 elements of up to 3.6 x 18 m, joining no PUR spruce 3.6 x 18
Holzbauwerk Schwarzwald Seewald/DE n/a n/a 20,000 all layers completely joint-glued; silver fir; joining competence yes PUR spruce, silver fir 3.5 x 16
Kurt Huber* Achern/DE 5,000 5,000 7,000 individually to size no PUR spruce, fir 3.8 x 19
KLH Massivholz Teufenbach-Katsch/AT, Wiesenau/AT 150,000 175,000 n/a project support, YESS, PRG 320, FSC, on request: surface gluing with heat-resistant adhesive HB X on request PUR all types of softwood, mostly spruce 3.5 x 16.5
Lignotrend Weilheim/DE 29,000 28,000 n/a configurable CLT (visible quality, acoustics, fire safety, sound insulation) n/a PUR silver fir, spruce, oak, etc 2.5 x 18
LOC Holz Arbing/AT 20,000 20,000 knot-free visible surface in spruce/fir/larch, load-bearing narrow-edge gluing yes MUF spruce, fir, larch 3.5 x 16
Mayr-Melnhof Holz¹ Gaishorn/AT 70,000 75,000 25,000 3 to 9 layers; surface qualities: visible, industrial visible, non-visible; project-specific CNC joining no MUF or PUR spruce, larch 3.5 x 16
Holz Meissnitzer Niedernsill/AT 4,000 4,000 2,000 no PUR spruce, fir 4 x 15
Pfeifer Group Schlitz/DE 50,000 70,000 30,000 planned PUR spruce 3.1 x 14.5
Rubner Holzbau Brixen/IT 7,350 7,900 9,000 sanded/impregnated surface, CNC joining only, special structures and formats, pre-assembly of steel parts, paneling with drywalls, etc no PUR spruce, fir, pine 4 x 17
Schwarzwald Holzbausysteme Friesenheim/DE 10,000 16,000 12,500 loading with residential visible quality on the bottom, SBSplus elements with widths of 3.9 m with residential visible quality PUR spruce, larch, silver fir 3.9 x 16.2
Schilliger Holz² Küssnacht/CH 40,000 40,000 yes PUR spruce, fir, Douglas fir 3,4 x 14
Pius Schuler Rothenthurm/CH n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Fi, Ta, Kie, Lä,  3 x 9
Stora Enso³ Bad St. Leonhard/AT 80,000 80,000 n/a visible, industrial visible, non-visible; sanded, air-tight from three layers, production of ribbed elements; “automated coating line” in Ybbs from autumn of 2023 yes PUR spruce, pine, fir 2.95 x 16; 3.95 x 16 (on request)
Ybbs/AT 90,000 110,000 n/a      
Ždírec/CZ n/a n/a       widths of up to 3.5 m
Theurl Austrian Premium Timber Steinfeld/AT 45,000 70,000 narrow edge gluing, visible, enhanced industrial, industrial quality, alternating middle layer yes PUR spruce 3.5 x 16
Holzbau Unterrainer Ainet/AT 10,000 12,000 5,000 curved CLT (“radius timber”) with min. radius of 2 m no PUR spruce, larch, Swiss pine 2.95 x 13.5
Holzwerke van Roje Oberhonnefeld/DE 10,000 25,000 joining, visible qualities, protective covers for the duration of construction no PUR spruce, Douglas fir, larch, pine 3.5 x 16
Weinberger Holz Reichenfels/AT 5,500 5,500 n/a non-settling log-house planks crosslam (cross-laminated beams), Bilam forte yes PUR spruce, larch, pine, Swiss pine 1.2 x 13.5
XLam Dolomiti Castelnuovo/IT 22,000 25,000 20,000 prefabricated floor and ceiling elements, customized CLT on customer request yes PUR spruce 3.5 x 13.5
Ziegler Holztechnik Hermsdorf/DE 20,000 20,000 10,000 joining and pre-assembly possible yes MUF spruce, pine 3 x 16.5
Züblin Timber⁴ Aichach/DE 30,000 30,000 13,000 special joining, curved construction elements, from delivery of construction elements to turn-key project handling no/on request for top layer PUR softwood, fine wood, Fineline 4.8 x 19.8
Total** 1,095,350 1,281,400            
Mechanically connected products, quantities in m³
Company and production site 2021 Target 2022 Products/services Connectors Types of wood Format up to[m]
Rombach Nur-Holz, Oberharmersbach/DE 10,000 10,000 –  beech screws spruce, fir, Swiss pine, larch, Douglas fir 3.2 x 12
Thoma Holz100, Lahr/DE, Stadl/AT n/a n/a wood harvested in line with the lunar calendar, Wood100 system beech wall plugs spruce, fir, pine, larch 3 x 8
GT Holzbau, Lavamünd/AT; Holz Meissnitzer, Niedernsill/AT; Abbundzentrum Dahlen, Dahlen/DE; Das Naturholzhaus, Dinkelsbühl/DE; Holz in Form, Rothenkirchen/DE; Holzbau Binz, Ellwangen-Pfahlheim/DE; Herrmann Massivholzhaus, Geisa an der Rhön/DE; Hoch4 Holzbau, Oelde/DE; Inholz, Mannheim/DE; Rottmüller Systemholz, Bad Aibling/DE; Reichart Holzbautechnik, Oberstaufen/DE; R3 Massivholzbau, Asch-Fuchstal/DE; Penzkofer Bau, Regen/DE; Sterk Holzhaus, Bodnegg/DE; Teredo Vollholzhaus, Waffenbrunn/DE; Thumann Holzbau, Berg-Hausheim/DE; Veit-Fröhler Bau, Hutthurm/DE; Zimmerei Bauerschmitt, Eltmann-Dippach/DE; Zimmerei Diestelmeier, Seevetal/DE; Zimmerei Karrer, Woringen/DE; Zimmerei Mayr & Sonntag, Legau/DE; Gauye & Dayer, Sion/CH; MHM Schweiz/Haudenschild, Niederbipp/CH; Strüby Holzbau, Seewen/CH; FBE, Castelgomberto/IT  55,000 n/a overall production volume of companies which produce the “Massiv-Holz-Mauer” wall system in the DACH region aluminum grooved pins European softwood; surface: spruce, Swiss pine, fir 4 x 6