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Veneer production has been known for more than 4000 years

The "inventors" of veneer were the Egyptians

Wood was a very scarce raw material
It was especially valued for its aesthetic qualities
The Egyptians strove for maximum utilization of wood
Logs were sawn into very thin boards

Beginning of the 19th century, new processing methods were developed 

Sawing was replaced by slicing with knives instead of saw blades
"Peeling" of logs with machines
New production techniques slowly gained acceptance 

Veneer production has developed into an industry since the 1950s

Manual production disappeared
Market entrance barriers increased due to increased capital intensity


Danzer develops its own veneer slicer, the VS4000, and starts to equip all plants with this new generation of high-performance slicers

It should come as no surprise that the theory behind veneer production was born in an advanced civilization. History tells us that the ancient Egyptians were the first to saw thin boards from logs in order to best utilize the material. In Egypt, a country which apart from its lifeline, the Nile, consists entirely of desert, timber was rare and it was just as highly valued as the precious stones that were used for the elaborate decoration of furniture. As a result, veneers came into being where no lush forests marked the landscape, but instead in a place where timber, as a raw material, was rare and its products were highly sought after as a personal possession. The beautiful shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamen clearly show that, although the woodworking techniques of that time were still quite rudimentary, people in this age people already knew how to reveal the inner natural beauty of wood.

Furniture manufacture, originally elevated to artistic perfection by the great masters during the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as subsequent centuries, demonstrates how a simple need can become a cultural legacy, eventually developing into a form of expression for each successive age. The heritage of furniture manufacture has been refined and perfected in modern times in response to demand, and has grown from a handicraft into a highly mechanized industry. At the same time, veneer manufacture, although an industry, has remained very much a craft.

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Did you know...

... that no forest is destroyed to harvest wood used for decorative purposes?

... that only a few trees have the properties necessary for their wood to be used for decorative purposes?

... that ten percent of today´s forest areas would be enough to meet the worldwide demand for timber sustainably (including paper production)?


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