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Russian advance in European sawmill industry  
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European sawmill production is dominated by Scandinavia, Austria and Germany, but un unexpected advance was made last year by Russia. Poland, on the other hand, cannot make it to the top. Twenty largest sawmill enterprises in Europe produced in 2011 in total ca. 33.2 mln m3 of lumber. The leading enterprise in Europe is Finlands Stora Enso Wood Product, whose 21 plants produced in total over 5 mln m3 of lumber. The ranking accounts only for production in European plants. In 2010 the Finnish companys output was weaker only by 50,000 m3. Stora Ensos  largest sawmills are located in Sweden- in Groves Sgverk and in Austria - in Brand, both with capacity of 420,000 m3 each. 
Stora Enso Wood Product to 21 tartakw, ktre w ubiegym roku wyprodukoway ponad 5 mln m3 tarcicy. Fot. SEWP
A change in the second position is quite surprising. Previously it was occupied by Klausner Group, with an output of  2.1 mln m3. Last years transaction in which a company so far little known outside of Russia,  Ilim Timber Industry, purchased sawmills in Wismar and Landsberg, made Klausner, with an output of only 880 thousand m3 in 2011, drop to the 20th position. The aforementioned Russian investor debuted in the ranking at the 11th position, with an output of 1.5 mln m3, owed only to its two German plants. However, if its global achievements were counted, including four other plants, two of which are located in the USA, yearly lumber production by Ilim Timber Industry can be estimated at as much as 4 mln m3.

Due to the twists and turns with Klausners transactions, the second position was taken by SCA Timber. SCA Timbers eight sawmills produced  2.2 mln m3 of lumber, which means that the Swedish company cannot rival Stora Enso Product in the upcoming years. 
Norwegian Moelven improved its output compared to 2010 by more than 150 thousand m3 (1.97 mln m3), known in Poland as a producer of building timber. The Group has in total 19 plants, yet its average throughput is not high. The Norwegians are now more focused on further processing and manufacture of  products with a high added value than on increasing linear capacity. It should also be noted that the output result is often unrelated to the financial result, which - counted for the three first quarters of the previous year - turned out very week for Moelven, resulting in a loss.  

The Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof Holz consists of only four sawmills, but last year their total output amounted to as much as 1.9 mln m3 of lumber. However, it must be noted that two of them are very advanced, constructed in the last years plants in Paskov (Czech Republic) and Efimovskij (Russia). The remaining two are situated in Austria - in Leoben and Frankenmarkt. Mayr-Melnhof Holz is also the owner of the timber processing plants in Austria and one in Germany.
Lumber producers that considerably improved their positions compared to 2010 include Setra Group, whose 2010 result amounted to 1.56 mln m3, while a year later its output increased to 1.85 mln m3. The group owns ten sawmills, all located in Sweden. These are both small plants, e.g. the sawmill in Hordals (39,000 m3/year), and large; the largest, located in Hasselfors Sgverk, produces around  248,000 m3 of lumber. 

Apart from Klausner Groups drop and Ilim Timber Industrys debut, there are no significant changes in this years ranking. It is occupied by more or less the same companies each year, which sometimes shift positions.   
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Russian advance in European sawmill industry  

European sawmill production is dominated by Scandinavia, Austria and Germany, but un unexpected advance was made last year by Russia. Poland, on the other hand, cannot make it to the top. Twenty largest sawmill enterprises in Europe produced in 2011 in total ca. 33.2 mln m3 of lumber. The leading enterprise in Europe is Finlands Stora Enso Wood Product, whose 21 plants produced in total over 5 mln m3 of lumber. The ranking accounts only for production in European plants. In 2010 the Finnish companys output was weaker only by 50,000 m3. Stora Ensos  largest sawmills are located in Sweden- in Groves Sgverk and in Austria - in Brand, both with capacity of 420,000 m3 each. 
A change in the second position is quite surprising. Previously it was occupied by Klausner Group, with an output of  2.1 mln m3. Last years transaction in which a company so far little known outside of Russia,  Ilim Timber Industry, purchased sawmills in Wismar and Landsberg, made Klausner, with an output of only 880 thousand m3 in 2011, drop to the 20th position. The aforementioned Russian investor debuted in the ranking at the 11th position, with an output of 1.5 mln m3, owed only to its two German plants. However, if its global achievements were counted, including four other plants, two of which are located in the USA, yearly lumber production by Ilim Timber Industry can be estimated at as much as 4 mln m3.

Due to the twists and turns with Klausners transactions, the second position was taken by SCA Timber. SCA Timbers eight sawmills produced  2.2 mln m3 of lumber, which means that the Swedish company cannot rival Stora Enso Product in the upcoming years. 
Norwegian Moelven improved its output compared to 2010 by more than 150 thousand m3 (1.97 mln m3), known in Poland as a producer of building timber. The Group has in total 19 plants, yet its average throughput is not high. The Norwegians are now more focused on further processing and manufacture of  products with a high added value than on increasing linear capacity. It should also be noted that the output result is often unrelated to the financial result, which - counted for the three first quarters of the previous year - turned out very week for Moelven, resulting in a loss.  

The Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof Holz consists of only four sawmills, but last year their total output amounted to as much as 1.9 mln m3 of lumber. However, it must be noted that two of them are very advanced, constructed in the last years plants in Paskov (Czech Republic) and Efimovskij (Russia). The remaining two are situated in Austria - in Leoben and Frankenmarkt. Mayr-Melnhof Holz is also the owner of the timber processing plants in Austria and one in Germany.
Lumber producers that considerably improved their positions compared to 2010 include Setra Group, whose 2010 result amounted to 1.56 mln m3, while a year later its output increased to 1.85 mln m3. The group owns ten sawmills, all located in Sweden. These are both small plants, e.g. the sawmill in Hordals (39,000 m3/year), and large; the largest, located in Hasselfors Sgverk, produces around  248,000 m3 of lumber. 

Apart from Klausner Groups drop and Ilim Timber Industrys debut, there are no significant changes in this years ranking. It is occupied by more or less the same companies each year, which sometimes shift positions.