On the 17th of August, 2016, we arrived in Fügen, where we got the chance to visit the company site of Binderholz GmbH.
But first the fourth plenary session of the General Assembly took place including elections.
This was followed by a Panel discussion with Minister Andrä Rupprechter (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management), CEO Reinhard Binder (Binderholz GmbH), CEO Herbert Jöbstl (Stora Enso Wood Products Central Europe) and Prof. Michael Flach (University of Innsbruck).
The main topics included the possible opportunities and limits of timber construction and Austria’s timber industry’s contribution to climate challenges. The participants were also involved and permitted to ask questions.
After lunch we had guided tours through the saw mill and the FeuerWerk (pellet production – a power plant) of Binderholz.
At Binderholz they follow the no-waste-principle, which means that they use the entire log so that nothing is wasted – even the bark is used. They showed us the range of their products that are produced in Austria and Germany including dimension lumber, surfaced lumber, solid wood panels edge glued and 3-ply, glulam beams, binderholz CLT BBS, pellets, briquettes, green electricity and district heating.
Many thanks to Binderholz GmbH for this wonderful day!