Forestry and wood

Power in the rural area

With annual sales of €37 billion, a labor force of 196,000, and 22,500 businesses, the forestry, wood and paper sector is a key industry in Bavaria. In recent years the cluster was able to achieve a significant increase in revenue, particularly in the areas »wood in the construction industry«, furniture manufacturing, and the sawmill industry. In national and international comparisons, strengths include the extensive timber reserves and timber growth, the efficient businesses, the outstanding level of training of the workforce, as well as acknowledged teaching, research, and certification institutions.

Due to the number and variety of industry players networking is of particular importance. Among other things, the value chain includes the forestry industry, the wood processing industry, the predominantly internationally active pulp and paper industry, the wood craftsmanship sector, as well as the wood energy sector. New impetus through product and process innovations, as well as a cross-sector image initiative, should contribute to sustainably strengthening a lead industry of the rural area.

The significance of, and appreciation for the renewable raw material, wood, particularly in the construction industry, will continue to increase in coming years, in light of the energy transition and climate protection efforts.


Focus Areas

  • Initiation of new networks, as well as extension of existing networks between science and industry along the forestry-wood-paper value chain
  • Establishing systematic innovation Management for the industry
  • Technology transfer and cooperation in the Research and development area, e. g. Hardwood Innovation Alliance
  • Support and professionalization of Bavarian regional initiatives
  • Management of expert panels, e. g. on forward-looking topic »building with wood«
  • Coordination of the image initiative »proHolz Bayern (proWood Bavaria)«, in which all sub-industries of the forestry, wood, and paper sector work together
  • Support of the forestry multipliers in communication under the brand »mein-Wald« (My Forest)
  • Public relations/trade fair participation/ presentations/ contact talks

Xaver Haas

Cluster Spokesman

Prof. Dr. Hubert Röder

Cluster Spokesman

[Translate to English:] Dr. Jürgen Bauer

Dr. Jürgen Bauer

Cluster Managing Director