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  • RZ Pellets in Austria and Ante Holz in Germany have the biggest pellet production capacities in their respective countries. Pfeifer Holz is among the Top 4 producers in both countries. In Germany, as many as five companies produce around 200,000 tons a year.

In 2020, RZ Pellets had the biggest pellet production capacity in Austria with a total of 400,000 tons produced at its six sites. Pfeifer Holz follows in second place with an overall capacity of 180,000 tons (target production in 2020: 175,000 t), of which 150,000 tons are produced in Austria’s single biggest production site in Kundl. With its four sites in Austria, Binderholz’s capacity was 172,000 tons last year. Peter Seppele in Carinthia ranks fourth with 150,000 tons.

In Germany, Ante Holz’s two production sites in Bromskirchen-Somplar and Rottleberode had an overall annual capacity of 330,000 tons in 2019. With 260,000 tons a year, Sägewerk Schwaiger of Hengersberg operates the biggest single production site in Germany. Wismar Pellets follows closely in third place with 250,000 tons a year. Pfeifer Holz ranks fourth with an annual pellet production capacity of 240,000 tons.

In Germany, Sägewerk Schwaiger produced the most pellets in 2019, i.e. 230,000 tons. EC Bioenergie recorded an output of 208,000 tons at its five sites. With 205,000 tons produced at its two plants, Pfeifer Holz ranks third in Germany. Wismar Pellets (195,000 t) and Ante-Holz (190,000 t) produced a little under 200,000 tons last year. Only those companies which reported their production figures to Holzkurier’s editorial team are mentioned here.

Pfeifer Holz operates two other production sites in the Czech Republic. In 2020, the group reached a capacity of 570,000 tons and an output of 445,000 tons in all three countries (six sites in total). When adding the production sites in Germany, Binderholz has an overall capacity of 352,000 tons and produced 307,000 tons of pellets in 2020.

Rettenmeier group plans to enter the pellet market by 2021 with three production sites in Germany and one in Slovakia with an annual capacity of 420,000 tons. In the third quarter of 2021, Ziegler Holding wants to start up a pelletizing plant with a capacity of 200,000 tons a year at its production site in Pressath. Holzwerke Ladenburger is also going to enter the pellets market in 2021 with a planned annual output of 25,000 tons in Bopfingen.

In 2020, Switzerland’s biggest pellet producer is Tschopp Holzindustrie with a capacity of 130,000 tons and a production output of 105,000 tons. Agro Energie Rigi (capacity: 50,000 t), Energiepark z’Brigg (capacity: 12,000 t) and Matterhorn Pellets (30,000 t) are three newcomers who entered the Swiss pellet market this year.

Pellets production
Company name 2019 2018 2017
Sägewerk Schwaiger 230000 210000 180000
Wismar Pellets 195000 150000 175000
Holzwerke Weinzierl 155000 155000 155000
Pfeifer Holz, Kundl 150000 150000 130000
Pfeifer Holz, Unterbernbach 120000 120000 120000
HIT Torgau 110000 1 1
Peter Seppele Sachsenburg 110000 1 1
RZ Pellets Voecklamarkt 103000 90000 77000
Mayr-Melnhof 100000 100000 75000
Erdenwerk Gregor Ziegler 100000 100000 1

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