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

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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 sawmills – high performance with German thoroughness

The German sawmilling industry is an ultra-modern sector, which is equipped with high-performance machinery.
The sawmills generally use machinery ‘made in Germany’, which applies high technology, optimizing processes to produce premium quality. Over 2,000 medium-sized sawmills, often traditional family businesses in the growth areas of the native wood species – which nevertheless operate worldwide – employ a workforce of over 19,000 and achieve annual sales for the industry of 2 billion Euros. The sawmills form part of the timber and forest industry cluster, which employs a total workforce of over 1 million and achieves an annual turnover of 180 billion Euros. The timber and forestry industry cluster even ranks above the German automobile industry.

Production in the sawmills conforms to the statutory environmental standards in force with due regard to the high social standards and requirements for accident prevention. Many of the companies are ISO certified. As a result, not only the sustainability of the raw material base is guaranteed but also the sustainability of production. Furthermore, wood, especially residual materials from the production of sawn timber, forms an important basis for renewable energies in Germany and the rest of Europe and secures a sustainable energy supply.

The current standards imposed on the products or on the companies overall are strictly observed by the sawmills:

  • EN and DIN standards, EUROCODE 5, CE Certification
  • JAS, ALSC, WCLB, NHLA grading rules
  • Phytosanitary measures prescribed by IPPC ISPM No. 15, int. plant protection regulations incl. SITES
  • Provisions on illegal logging, such as EUTR, U.S. Lacey Act
  • International certifications FSC and PEFC
  • Company certifications in accordance with ISO 9001