German hardwood: ecological – innovative

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– We have the raw materials and the experience.

Despite being a densely populated country (approximately one quarter of the population of the USA on an area smaller than the State of Montana), over 30% of Germany is covered in woodland. Germany was the first country to decide to harvest only so much timber as it was possible to reforest in parallel. This practice has been functioning effectively for over 300 years now and has also been applied successfully in the USA. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations.

German wood – a secure and sustainable raw material base

Every year, 120 million m³ of biomass is newly grown in Germany, which, in the case of many types of wood, is by no means used to the full extent. A historical forest heritage and modern sustainable forestry ensure that the woodland is managed in accordance with ecological principles and with due regard to biodiversity.

We currently have approximately 3.4 billion m³ of wood in reserve in our woodland. As a consequence, the woodland does not only provide a secure raw material base but, at the same time, such forestation also significantly reduces CO2 emissions – an active contribution to the protection of the climate!

German wood – quality assured

The most important native hardwoods are beech and oak. The quality of these hardwoods has been studied and standardized with German precision, forming the basis for the German (DIN) and European CEN standards.
The quality also forms the basis for IPPC-compliant wood packaging material.

Wood construction in Germany and the rest of Europe requires modern building materials suitable for the purpose, which consistently fulfil a wide range of functions. The German sawmilling and timber industry is the largest producer
of sawn timber in Europe. Thanks to its innovative products, it is in the vanguard of technical development.