German conifers: quality – versatility – tradition – durability – profitability

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– We have the raw materials and the experience.

Over 30% of the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany is covered in woodland, which means that Germany contains the largest forested area in Europe. German forests have been sustainably managed for over 300 years. Legislation ensures that only so many trees are harvested every year as are grown again. It is a way to secure the raw material base for the German sawmilling industry for future generations. This is just one example of the concept of sustainability created by German forestry and meanwhile adopted by many sections of the economy all over the world.

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 coniferous species are spruce, fir, pine and larch, and ever more increasingly the Douglas fir. The quality of these conifers has been studied and standardized with German precision, forming the basis for the German (DIN) and European (Eurocode 5) building standards and permits for wood. The quality also forms the basis
for IPPC-compliant wood packaging material.

Wood construction in the USA, Germany and the rest of Europe requires modern building materials suitable for the purpose, which extend beyond the customary requirements. 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.