The Pfeifer Group is currently investing a good 25 million euros in the conversion and expansion of its traditional location in Schlitz, Germany. From mid-2019, the wood processing company from Tyrol / Austria will start producing Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in the former formwork panels and trusses. In the first expansion phase, 55 new jobs will be created; while in the final construction phase, there will be 100 jobs.
Pfeifer plans to reach an annual capacity of 100,000 m³ of finished CLT in full operation in 2021 on a plant area of 6 hectares. The start-up and optimization phase will start in the middle of 2019, and the completion phase I with 50,000 m³ of finished CLT / year in the fourth quarter of 2019. This corresponds to a timber use of approx. 65,000 m³. The converted and newly built storage, production and order picking halls are already in place, the installation of the machinery is well advanced. Similarly, the entire water and sewage network and the power supply was renewed or expanded. A first commissioning is scheduled for August 2019, according to Pfeifer's plant manager Roland Ritter.
The central supplier for the CLT plant is the nearby Pfeifer sawmill Lauterbach. The further processing of the sawn timber deepens the added value. In Schlitz, a large part of the infrastructure already existed, which greatly reduces the investment and running costs. The plant is also centrally located in Germany, Europe's most important market, and not far from the core and boom markets such as the UK and Scandinavia.