Glue-Laminated Timber Market Report by End Use (Floor Beams, Window and Door Header, Trusses and Supporting Columns, Roof Beams, and Others), Application (New Construction, Replacement), and Region 2024-2032

Glue-Laminated Timber Market Report by End Use (Floor Beams, Window and Door Header, Trusses and Supporting Columns, Roof Beams, and Others), Application (New Construction, Replacement), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

The global glue-laminated timber market size reached US$ 4.2 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 5.2 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3% during 2024-2032. The sustainability demands, structural advantages, urbanization trends, stringent building codes, aesthetic appeal, design flexibility, speed of construction, and indoor air quality awareness are some of the major factors propelling the industry.

Report Attribute
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023 US$ 4.2 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032 US$ 5.2 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2024-2032 2.3%

Glue-laminated timber, commonly known as glulam, is an engineered wood product used extensively in construction and architectural applications. It is created by bonding together individual layers of dimensioned lumber using high-strength adhesive, typically with the grain of all layers parallel. This process results in a versatile and strong structural material with a wide range of applications. Glulam offers several advantages, including superior load-bearing capabilities, resistance to warping and cracking, and the ability to span long distances. It is environmentally friendly as it utilizes sustainably harvested timber. Glulam's versatility and strength make it a popular choice for beams, columns, and arches in various building projects, including residential, commercial, and industrial construction.

Glue-Laminated Timber Market

The growing emphasis on sustainable construction practices and environmental consciousness has led to an increased demand for eco-friendly building materials such as glue-laminated timber, which is sourced from renewable forests and helps reduce the carbon footprint of construction projects. In confluence with this, its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and versatility have made it a preferred choice for architects and builders in various construction applications, creating a favorable outlook for industry expansion. Additionally, the rising urbanization and population growth worldwide have fueled the need for efficient and cost-effective construction solutions, such as glue-laminated timber due to its ease of installation and structural capabilities, which, in turn, is strengthening the market growth. Furthermore, stringent building codes and regulations promoting the use of fire- and earthquake-resistant materials have boosted the adoption of glulam in construction projects, thereby favoring the market growth.

Glue-Laminated Timber Market Trends/Drivers:

Sustainability and environmental awareness

One of the foremost factors fueling the growth of the global glue-laminated timber industry is the increasing emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness in the construction industry. Glue-laminated timber is derived from sustainably managed forests, where trees are replanted as they are harvested, ensuring a renewable and eco-friendly source of raw material. As environmental regulations and consumer preferences continue to prioritize green construction materials, glulam's eco-friendly credentials make it an attractive choice for builders and architects. Its low carbon footprint, when compared to traditional building materials like steel or concrete, aligns with the global push towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. This eco-conscious approach drives the demand for glue-laminated timber in various construction projects, ranging from residential housing to commercial and industrial structures.

Structural advantages and versatility

Glue-laminated timber possesses exceptional structural characteristics that make it an appealing option in construction. Its strength-to-weight ratio surpasses that of many traditional building materials, allowing for efficient load-bearing capabilities. This inherent strength enables architects and builders to create innovative and cost-effective structural designs. Glulam's versatility further enhances its appeal, as it can be custom manufactured into a wide range of shapes and sizes, including beams, columns, and arches. This adaptability is crucial in accommodating diverse architectural requirements, whether in contemporary, traditional, or bespoke building designs. The ability of glue-laminated timber to span long distances without sagging or warping also adds to its attractiveness in construction, making it a preferred choice for projects with unique design challenges.

Urbanization and stringent building codes

The ongoing global trend of urbanization, coupled with population growth, has led to an increased demand for efficient and cost-effective construction solutions. Glue-laminated timber plays a pivotal role in meeting these demands. In rapidly growing urban areas, where space is often limited and construction needs are urgent, glulam's ease of installation and reduced construction time become advantageous. Moreover, stringent building codes and regulations governing construction safety have become prevalent worldwide. Glue-laminated timber meets many of these requirements, such as fire resistance and earthquake resistance, making it a suitable choice in regions prone to natural disasters or areas with strict safety standards. This compliance with building codes not only ensures the safety of occupants but also promotes the use of glue-laminated timber as a reliable construction material, further driving its market growth.

Glue-Laminated Timber Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global glue-laminated timber market report, along with forecasts at the global and regional levels for 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on end use and application.

Breakup by End Use:

Glue-Laminated Timber Market

  • Floor Beams
  • Window and Door Header
  • Trusses and Supporting Columns
  • Roof Beams
  • Others

Floor beams dominate the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end use. This includes floor beams, window and door header, trusses and supporting columns, roof beams, and others. According to the report, floor beams represented the largest segment.

The increased utilization of glue-laminated timber in floor beams can be attributed to its unique properties and advantages in the context of modern construction. Beyond its sustainable and environmentally friendly characteristics, glulam's high strength-to-weight ratio makes it an ideal choice for floor beams, enabling the creation of sturdy and reliable support structures. This quality not only reduces construction time but also minimizes the load on the building's foundation, leading to cost savings and enhanced structural integrity. Additionally, glulam's versatility in accommodating various architectural designs and long-span capabilities makes it particularly well-suited for open floor plans and large, open spaces, aligning with contemporary architectural trends, thereby bolstering the industry growth. Furthermore, as urbanization continues to drive the need for multi-story buildings, glulam floor beams offer the added advantage of being lighter and easier to transport and install compared to traditional materials, facilitating efficient construction processes in densely populated urban areas.

Breakup by Application:

  • New Construction
  • Replacement

New construction holds the largest share in the market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application has also been provided in the report. This includes new construction and replacement. According to the report, new construction accounted for the largest market share.

The surging demand for glue-laminated timber in new construction applications owing to its natural aesthetic appeal and its popularity in applications, such as exposed structural elements, interior design, and façades, is primarily driving the segment growth. In addition to this, architects and designers appreciate the warmth and visual appeal of wood, which adds a touch of natural beauty to modern buildings, boosting the product adoption. Moreover, glulam's ability to provide uninterrupted and open interior spaces without the need for intrusive support columns enhances design flexibility. This feature is particularly attractive in commercial and residential buildings, where spacious, adaptable interiors are highly valued. Furthermore, the speed and ease of construction with glue-laminated timber accelerates project timelines, meeting the demands of fast-track construction schedules often associated with new developments, thus aiding in market expansion. Apart from this, the increasing awareness of indoor air quality and wellness in construction has led to a preference for wood as it contributes to a healthier indoor environment, free from off-gassing and pollutants, contributing to the increasing demand for glue laminated timber.

Breakup by Region:

Glue-Laminated Timber Market

  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

Europe exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest glue-laminated timber market share

The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Europe accounted for the largest market share.

Europe's strong commitment to sustainability and responsible forestry practices aligns perfectly with the environmentally friendly nature of glue-laminated timber, creating a favorable outlook for industry expansion. Moreover, as stringent regulations and eco-conscious consumers continue to prioritize sustainable construction materials, glulam's renewable sourcing and low carbon footprint make it a preferred choice, fueling the market’s growth. In addition to this, the European construction sector is increasingly focused on energy-efficient and green building solutions, where glulam's excellent thermal insulation properties and capacity to sequester carbon contribute to its popularity. Concurrently, the region's rich architectural heritage places high value on timber as a traditional building material, fostering a cultural acceptance and preference for glulam in modern construction. Furthermore, Europe's commitment to innovative engineering and design further propels the use of glue-laminated timber, as it allows for creative and intricate structural solutions while meeting rigorous safety standards.

Competitive Landscape:

The global glue-laminated timber market exhibits a competitive landscape characterized by a mix of established players and emerging contenders. Leading companies have a significant market presence due to their extensive production capabilities, distribution networks, and diverse product portfolio, which includes various glulam grades and dimensions tailored to meet different construction needs. Moreover, market competitiveness is fueled by the continuous emphasis on research and development activities. Key players are investing in innovation to enhance the quality and performance of glue-laminated timber products, aiming to meet evolving customer demands and stringent building regulations. Furthermore, strategic partnerships and collaborations are a prevalent trend as companies seek to expand their global reach and access new markets. Additionally, geographical expansion, mergers, and acquisitions are common strategies employed by these firms to reinforce their industry positions.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Structural Wood Systems, Inc.
  • Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG
  • EcoCurves BV
  • Forest Timber Engineering Ltd
  • Boise Cascade Company

Recent Developments:

  •  In August 2023, Boise Cascade Company announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase Brockway-Smith Company (BROSCO®), a leading wholesale distributor specializing in doors and millwork. 
  •  In June 2023, Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG launched the world's first PEFC-certified cross-laminated timber plant at the sawmill site in Leoben with upstream re-sorting and planning plant and a fully automated high-bay warehouse for sawn timber.

Glue-Laminated Timber Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion, Million Cubic Metres
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • End Use
  • Application
  • Region
End Uses Covered Floor Beams, Window and Door Header, Trusses and Supporting Columns, Roof Beams, Others
Applications Covered New Construction, Replacement
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Companies Covered Structural Wood Systems, Inc., Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, EcoCurves BV, Forest Timber Engineering Ltd., Boise Cascade Company, etc.
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
Report Price and Purchase Option Single User License: US$ 3899
Five User License: US$ 4899
Corporate License: US$ 5899
Post-Sale Analyst Support 10-12 Weeks
Delivery Format PDF and Excel through Email (We can also provide the editable version of the report in PPT/Word format on special request)

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the glue-laminated timber market from 2018-2032.
  • The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global glue-laminated timber market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the glue-laminated timber industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global glue-laminated timber market reached a value of US$ 4.2 Billion in 2023.

According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global glue-laminated timber market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 2.3% during 2024-2032.

The rising demand for wood-based construction materials on account of their numerous benefits, such as high thermal performance, chemical resistance, and enhanced durability, represents one of the key drivers for the global glue-laminated timber market.

The growing adoption of sustainable construction materials that offers flexibility of shape and size represents one of the key trends in the global glue-laminated timber market.

Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in temporary halt in various construction activities, thereby limiting the demand for glue-laminated timber.

On the basis of the application, the market has been bifurcated into replacement and new construction. Currently, new construction holds the majority of the total market share.

On the basis of the end-use, the market has been divided into floor beams, window and door headers, trusses and supporting columns, roof beams and others. Among these, floor beams represent the largest segment.

Region-wise, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, where Europe dominates the global market.

The key companies in the global glue-laminated timber market are Structural Wood Systems, Inc., Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, EcoCurves BV, Forest Timber Engineering Ltd., Boise Cascade Company, etc.

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