Danzer closes its first business year at its new head office in Dornbirn, Austria, with a 9.5% increase in sales to hit EUR 254 million.
The company acquired a modern veneer splicing plant in Raspenava, Czech Republic, and sales expanded in deck layers for hardwood flooring since the flooring business started in 2012. The next few years will see continued investments in this product line.
Planned investments of EUR15 million will be used to expand and upgrade plants in France and in the Czech Republic. In 2016 the production of deck layers will also start at Danzer plants in the USA.
Demand for logs in China has decreased in line with the slowdown, while the share of sales of North American wood has increased to 46%. European wood still accounts for 24% of the overall Danzer sales. The share of sales of African wood has decreased to 29%.
Lumber accounted for approximately 41.4% of sales, followed by veneer at 36.5%, and logs at 9.7%.
“In the furniture sector Oak and Walnut are still the dominating species. For flooring there is a slight trend towards species in a more clean and less rustic look, although European Oak still is the dominating species,” said a spokesperson from Danzer.
Image: Kilns for flooring deck layers at Danzer in Melnik, Czech Republic/ Credit: Danzer