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. Thanks to its high growth in sales, the sector is able to maintain its fourth place in comparison to other sectors of the processing trade in Bavaria, behind vehicle construction and mechanical engineering as well as the manufacturers of electronic equipment. This is driven in particular by wood construction, 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 accredited 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, and 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 rural areas. 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.