The German timber and forestry industry

Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co.KGPollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co.KGThe German timber and forestry industry is one of the world's market, technology and innovation leaders. Germany's tradition of building with and processing and refining wood dates back several hundred years. For example, Germany was the birthplace of glulam (glued laminated timber) construction (Hetzer 1906). The principle of sustained forestry management also had its origins in Germany almost 300 years ago (Hans Carl von Carlowitz, 1713). Refined wood products, innovative construction methods and high-quality machinery and equipment for processing and finishing wood "made in Germany" are in high demand across the globe.

With 3.4 billion cubic metres, Germany is home to the largest timber reserves in Europe. The most important timber tree types are spruce, pine, beech and oak. The annual potential for use is approx. 80 million cubic metres. Of these, approx. 50-70 million cubic metres are actually utilised. The majority of German forest areas have been certified according to leading international systems such as PEFC or FSC.

At 25 million cubic metres (of which approx. 24 million cubic metres in sawn and planed timber), Germany's sawmill industry is the largest producer in the European economic area. Approximately 30 percent of German sawn timber production is exported worldwide, at an upward trend.

Based on the presence of 150,000 companies, annual sales of approx. EUR 170 billion and almost 1.2 million employees, the German timber and forestry industry cluster is a key global player.