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News archive 2013

Donation for elderly home in Rădăuți and hospital in Siret

Schweighofer Fiber, the city of Hallein, the Red Cross organization and the transport company Schenker started a joint action and sent two trucks full with equipment to Suceava County. Amongst those were 55 nursing beds and 92 nursing sideboards from the elderly home in Hallein, complete kitchen furniture and work equipment from Schweighofer and support devices for mobility from the Red Cross. The transport was carried out pro-bono by Schenker.

The goods were donated to the hospital in Siret, near Schweighofer factory as well as to the new home for the elderly in Radauti, which is being built with the support of Holzindustrie Schweighofer.

For Gerald Schweighofer it has always been a personal concern to support where help is needed, with special focus on the surroundings of Schweighofer factories.

Schweighofer Fiber awarded with the Mobility Prize 2013 in the county of Salzburg

The Austrian association for traffic participants awarded the one-stop-shop logistics system for viscose pulp of Schweighofer Fiber – together with the collaborating logistic partners DB Schenker, Salzburger Lokalbahnen and EUROGATE.

This logistic system ensures an environmentally safe transport of the viscose pulp from the factory in Hallein (county of Salzburg) to the Asian customers. Using railway and ships.

230 different projects applied for this award – a jury consisting of 28 experts chose the Austrian company, a member of Schweighofer group, to be awarded. This logistic system is an example for future mobility – environmentally friendly, resource-protecting and more efficient.

By this railway transport, the company saves 5,400 truck-loads and 4,235 tons of CO2 per year. This amount corresponds to the CO2 yearly emission of 2,352 new, gas-operated cars.

Help for orphans in Romania

After the heating system broke down in the orphanage in Saniob  – a small village near Oradea in the west of Romania – in winter, Holzindustrie Schweighofer contributed to the installation of a new and modern pellets heating system.

The abbot of the monastery in Melk (in Austria), who has been engaging very much for the social center in Saniob in the past years, met Gerald Schweighofer to personally thank him for many years of supporting the project in Saniob.

At their meeting Gerald Schweighofer promised to keep on supporting and assured the delivery of three truckloads of pellets for the coming winter. The social center will also receive a truckload of Schweighofer blockboards for the production of furniture.

Briquettes of Holzindustrie Schweighofer awarded with Austrian ecolabel

This Austrian seal of quality has been awarded since 1990 by the ministry of environment and is a clear proof for ecological awareness of a company and its customers. Strict ecological criteria have to be met in order to get the seal.

Schweighofer briquettes are environmentally friendly and climate-friendly. They are made of the side-products of the lumber production. The saw dust is compressed to briquettes under high pressure without using any binding material or additives. As the material is gained directly in the factory, there is no additional transportations to the production site necessary. The emission of carbon dioxide at burning the briquettes is limited to the amount that was stored in the raw wood material.
Finally the little rest of the ashes suits very well as organic fertilizer in the garden.

Schweighofer Prize 2013 - Awards ceremony in Vienna

For the 6th time the Schweighofer Prize was presented in Vienna. This unique European Innovation Award for the Forest-Based Sector awarded innovative wood-based solutions for energy efficient buildings and sustainable stewardship of ressources with € 300.000. See more details at press.

Holzindustrie Schweighofer is investing 150 million Euro in a state of the art wood working factory in Covasna, Romania

The new plant (70 ha) will be located in the county of Covasna and will start to operate within 2014. 650 new jobs will be created directly, in related industries 2.000 jobs will be generated.

The planned annual cutting of the plant will be 800.000 m³. 70 % out of the produced lumber will be further processed and 100.000 m³ therefrom will be used for glued lam products for the Japanese market after the first step. In a second step Holzindustrie Schweighofer plans to produce glued lam products for the domestic market also.

80 % of the produced lumber will be exported. The most important market remains Asia (mostly Japan). The existing further processing mills in Siret and Comanesti will be supplied with raw material by the new plant too. By-products (chips) and finished products will be transported by rail using 100 railcars per day.

Holzindustrie Schweighofer represented at international fairs

Also this year Holzindustrie Schweighofer presents its entire range of products at international fairs. These are great opportunities for personal meetings with existing and potential customers.

Dubai WoodShow – 9th -  11th April 2013
It is the annual showplace for the latest innovations & technologies and has become the platform of progress across the wood & woodworking sector (

Find us at the stand of DABG Bauthen (j-1b3).


Interzum 2013 in Köln (13th – 15th May 2013)
The world’s largest trade fair in the sector, Interzum is a must-see event for everyone aiming for success in the market for furniture production and interiors (

Focus of our stand in hall 5 (D/084) will be the blockboard-range.

Schweighofer Fiber starts production of high purity viscose pulp

The conversion of the production facilities of Schweighofer Fiber in Hallein (county of Salzburg) completed successfully. Since end of January 2013 only high purity viscose pulp is produced in Hallein. It is for example used for the production of textile fiber. Viscose pulp is in their chemical properties similar to cotton – it has viscous clear advantages over cotton.

The new market for products of Schweighofer Fiber is Asia. 100% of the total production (140.000 tons per year) will be exported, 80% of it to China, the rest will be exported to Taiwan, India, Indonesia and Japan.

The project “Rebuilding the Hallein site” was already started in September 2011 with the acquisition by the Schweighofer group. The capital expenditure amounted to 56 MEUR. Most of the investment was spent in wastewater treatment with combined biogas generation. Besides quality assurance and internal logistics were improved, in order to ensure product quality and economic efficiency of the facility.