Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) represents a modern and sustainable building material that is rapidly gaining popularity all across the world. It provides numerous advantages over conventional building options such as concrete, masonry, steel, etc. According to the report by IMARC Group, the global cross-laminated timber market reached a value of US$ 470 Million in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 16% during 2009-2016.
CLT is environment-friendly, helps in reducing on-site construction time and waste, and sequesters carbon. Moreover, the applications of CLT have benefitted from the changes in the building regulations worldwide permitting its use in high-rise buildings.
The manufacturing of CLT started in the 1990s in Europe and, since then, has spread to other regions worldwide. The top 5 CLT manufacturers have been mentioned below:
Stora Enso was formed in late 1998 from the merger of Sweden's Stora Kopparbergs Bergslag AB and Finland's Enso Oyj. It is one of the leading global forest products groups and has around 26,000 employees in more than 35 countries. Its sales in 2015 were EUR 10.0 billion, with an operational EBIT of EUR 915 million. Stora Enso derives around 75% of its revenues from countries in the European region and 15% of its revenues from the countries in Asia.
KLH Massivholz GmbH is a manufacturer of large-sized cross laminated timber products. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Murau, Austria with a subsidiary in Sollentuna, Scandinavia. KLH represents one of the largest producers of cross laminated timber in the world with more than 15,000 reference projects and an annual production capacity of 125,000 m³. The company offers structural wall, ceiling, and roofing elements, as well as floors, timber boards, crosswise laminates, and cross-laminated timber panels. The company has extensive distribution network across Europe and sell its products in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Czech Republic.
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Binderholz is a leading European company which produces solid wood panels and innovative construction solutions. The primary business of Binderholz is the industrial use as well as the distribution of wood products. The solid wood products of the company range from timber, single and multi-laminated solid wood panel, profiled timber, glulam and laminated timber to biofuels. The company employs around 1,400 people with operations at five sites in Austria, two sites in Bavaria and two sites in Finland. In addition to Austria and Italy, the company is also active in Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain.
Founded in 1850, the Mayr-Melnhof Holz Group is owned by the F. Mayr-Melnhof-Saurau Industrie Holding GmbH. The company has two major divisions, namely, sawn timber and processing. It has three sawmill plants in Leoben (Austria), Paskov (Czech Republic) and Efimovski (Russia); and timber processing plants in Gaishorn (Austria), Reuthe (Austria) and Richen (Germany). The Company’s production programme includes laminated ceiling elements, glued-laminated timber and special components, concrete formwork technology and cross-laminated timber. The product portfolio of the company also includes briquettes and pellets produced at different locations.
Hasslacher is a family enterprise which was founded in 1901 and is based in Sachsenburg, Austria. The company has eight production sites in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Russia and is one of Europe’s largest and most prominent timber industry companies with a workforce of more than 1,200. The company offers solid timber ceiling systems, laminated beams DUO/TRIO, pallets, pellets, shuttering boards, sawn, and cross & glue laminated, finger jointed structural, and surfaced timber products. The company also converts biomass into sustainable energy for drying wood and generating electricity; supplies energy to the local district heating network of Sachsenburg and Möllbrücke; and operates a small hydropower plant.