Soft demand and challenging raw material supply
Dornbirn (A), Souvans (F). International hardwood specialist Danzer closes his plant in Souvans / France. The production site, which specializes in sliced Oak wear layers for engineered hardwood flooring, faces a decline in demand for veneer and a challenging raw material supply. Due to these specific circumstances, the company is forced to close the plant.
Only two years after the factory’s modernization and a 15 million euros investment, hardwood company Danzer has to shut down its plant in Souvans, France. The ambitious plan to increase the plant’s capacity and to specialize in the production of sliced thick-cut wear layers could not be realized. Hence, Danzer plans to close down the site. The decision was presented to staff representatives yesterday. The decreasing demand for PEFC-certified veneer and the limited availability of suitable raw materials in the region made this step inevitable: "The ambitious goals of our investment plan could not be realized. After several attempts, we now understand that the Souvans plant cannot operate economically at this location," explains Danzer CEO Hans-Joachim Danzer, emphasizing that "the 95 employees of Danzer France will of course be supported by the company in cooperation with the local administration."
Danzer facts box:
One of the world’s largest producers of decorative hardwood.
Holding company located in: Dornbirn, Austria
Production sites: 4 in Europe, 6 in North America
Sales offices: 7 in Europe, 8 in North America, 3 in Asia
Product range: sliced wood, lumber, timber and logs, specialty products (Vinterio, 3D-Veneer)
Sales in 2018: EUR 202 million
Supplies customers in 79 countries worldwide
Employees: 1,600 worldwide
Danzer is a leading quality hardwood company with production facilities in North America and Europe. It has approximately 1,600 employees and services customers from 18 sales offices worldwide. Founded in 1932, Danzer is managed by a third-generation family member. The company owns and sustainably manages forests in North America and produces sliced veneer, lumber and innovative value-added wood products for decorative purposes. Danzer products are used in high-quality furniture, kitchen cabinets, cars and other applications.