As basic materials, wood, paper and plastics form a link between the industries. Here the goal is to use synergies and state-of-the-art production processes to create more sustainable forms of economic activity.
The timber industry as a traditional sector of the economy
32 percent of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern consists of forested areas. This makes an optimal locational factor for the wood and paper industry located in the state. Thanks to its geographical proximity to the Baltic States, M-V represents an ideal hub for the import and export of timber, primary and finished wood products. The excellent infrastructure has enabled the creation of one the largest and most modern wood processing centres in Europe in the Wismar Industrial and Commercial Park. This wood cluster, with a workforce of about 2,000, is one of the biggest employers in the region. Successful companies, such as Egger Holzwerkstoffe, Ilim Timber and Hüttemann, characterise the wood-based materials landscape on a sustainable basis. The forestry and wood economic sector possesses an enormous economic significance – particularly in rural regions.
Industry facts and figures for Germany:
- Every year, between 1.5 and 2 million m³ of timber is harvested and sold
- 22 sawmills with a processing capacity of 3.5 million cubic metres
- 15,000 companies in the forest and wood sector
- With annual turnover of 1.7 billion euros, the timber industry has a 13.4% share of the turnover in the manufacturing industries