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Forestry and wood

Climate protection, economic growth, and future opportunities for Bavaria and its rural areas

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.


Current work focus areas

  • Initiation of new networks, as well as extension of existing networks between science and industry along the forestry-wood-paper value chain
  • Establishment of systematic innovation management for the industry
  • Technology transfer and cooperation in the area of research and development
  • Support and professionalization of Bavarian regional initiatives
  • Management of expert panels on forward-looking topics such as »building with wood«, »bioeconomy« or »use of hardwood«
  • 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
  • Public relations, trade fair participation, presentations, and contact talks

Alexander Gumpp

Cluster Spokesman

Prof. Dr. Hubert Röder

Cluster Spokesman

Dr. Jürgen Bauer

Cluster Managing Director