Timber and Plastics industry in Mecklen­burg-Vor­pommern


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

Plastics for high-tech products of the future

The plastics companies in Mecklenburg Vorpommern cover the entire value-added chain: from buoyant research and development work through to the manufacture of finished plastic products. For example, in Rhena the PMC GmbH company produces innovative glass-fibre reinforced composites, used as lightweight components in railway vehicles – including moulded parts for the nose of the ICE-T high-speed train. High-tech is also to be found in the fibre-reinforced plastics of the tfc tools for composite GmbH company in Güstrow or the EIKBOOM GmbH company, which produces nacelles for wind turbines. The state-of-the-art recycling plant of the FVH company provides for sustainability. Here an innovative technique is used for the shredding, cleaning and processing of plastic waste into granulate.

With a double-digit growth in turnover and an increasing number of employees, the plastics industry possesses an enormous potential in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Some 100 companies here employ approx. 3,500 people and generate an annual turnover of approx. 1.6 billion euros.


The benefits to you

  • Established networks of companies, universities, research institutes
  • Promotion of innovative production with a constant stream of new fields of application
  • Commercial spaces with modern infrastructure
  • Practice-oriented trained specialists

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Contact Partner

Claudia Hertel

Claudia Hertel

Team Leader

Storage Technologies, Renewable Energy, Paper, Plastics, Timber, Automotive, Life Sciences, Health Care Industry, Medical Technology

Phone: +49 (385) 59 2 25 - 32
Cell: +49 (171) 559 45 04
E-mail: hertel@invest-in-mv.de



Judit Joachim

Judit Joachim


Paper, Plastics, Timber, Automotive

Phone: +49 (385) 59 2 25 - 37
Cell: +49 (171) 366 89 30
E-mail: joachim@invest-in-mv.de