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November 12, 2019

Analysis of global cross-laminated timber (CLT) production capacities in 2020

Analysis of global cross-laminated timber (CLT) production capacities in 2020

In 2020, worldwide CLT production will amount to over 2 million m³ due to numerous large-scale projects. Central Europe continues to produce significantly more than half of this amount.

Growth rates of the global cross-laminated timber industry continue to exceed the 10% mark. With a plus of 15%, production in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Italy and Czech Republic together increased to more than 810,000 m³. This year, the output will gain another 12% totaling over 920,000 m³. This growth is primarily due to production increases of large-scale producers with existing plants that have been optimized for this very purpose in the past few years.

Hardly any contribution to these growth rates, however, comes from newly launched production sites such as those of the Derix group in Westerkappeln/DE, the Pfeifer Group in Schlitz/DE and Schillinger Holz in Küssnacht/CH. Each of these factories has a production capacity of roughly 100,000 m3/yr. Furthermore, Binderholz launched a second production line in Burgbernheim which boosted the company's annual output to over 320,000 m³ - more than any other company worldwide. Another newcomer to the sector is Ante-Holz. The German timber company took a 15,000 m³/yr plant into operation this year in Bromskirchen-Somplar; furthermore, it is planning to start a 50,000 m³/yr plant in Rottleberode in 2020. With these additional capacities as well as the continuously growing global demand, it will be easy to exceed the 1 million m³ mark in this region next year.

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