Leoben, 01 February 2022

 Press Release

Mayr-Melnhof Holz, one of the leading companies in the European sawmilling and engineered wood products industry, has received the necessary approval from the competition authorities, and thereby completes its acquisition of the Swedish sawmill group Bergkvist Siljan.

The Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG group, located in Leoben, Austria, signed a contract in December last year to acquire the Swedish sawmilling group Bergkvist Siljan AB (publ.) from the investment fund ESSVP IV., advised by Orlando Nordics AB. Having gained the approval of the competition authorities, the acquisition is completed as of 01 February 2022.

The new sites in Insjön, Mora, and Blyberg (all in central Sweden) complement the existing sawmills in Leoben (Austria), Paskov (Czech Republic), and Efimovskij (Russia) perfectly and move Mayr-Melnhof Holz, with around 5 million cubic metres of log processing capacity, up to number 3 of Europe’s largest sawmillers. For the first time in its 170-year long history, the group expects turnover to exceed one billion Euros in the 2022 financial year.

We are very much looking forward to working with our new Swedish colleagues. Together we will realise and build on the synergy and growth potential in sales and operations, and strengthen our position in the market“, said Richard Stralz, CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG. The Bergkvist Siljan brand and the existing management team will remain in place.

Bergkvist Siljan

Bergkvist Siljan produces around 850,000 cbm of spruce and pine sawn timber annually. The group consists of three modern sawmills as well as one of the largest container terminals in Sweden, with a capacity of up to 50,000 TEU per year, and a direct rail link to Gothenburg port. Michael Wolfran, CFO of Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, adds: „Bergkvist Siljan, with a turnover of almost 300 million Euros, employs 285 people. Both Mayr-Melnhof Holz and Bergkvist Siljan have a long tradition of family ownership over more than a hundred years, and together our sales make a perfect fit. Along with the Scandinavian market, the sawmill group serves the markets of the Far East, Western Europe, and North Africa. “


Locations (pictures attached)

Bergkvist Siljan Blyberg AB

Bergkvist Siljan Insjön AB including the containerterminal

Bergkvist Siljan Mora AB

About Mayr-Melnhof Holz

Mayr-Melnhof Holz is one of the leading companies in the timber processing industries in Europe, a major leader of glued laminated timber and a driving force in the advance of cross-laminated timber, the material for buildings of the future. Processing timber exclusively from sustainably managed forests, the roots of the Mayr-Melnhof Holz group of companies go back to 1850, drawing on more than 170 years of experience in processing this valuable raw material.

Secure raw material supply, a chain of custody traceability; transparent product quality assurance and ongoing process optimization are keys to the reliability and product quality of Mayr-Melnhof Holz. Some 2000 employees are involved in the transformation of the raw material into modern timber products. Mayr-Melnhof Holz started, and continues with, the primary product, sawn timber; but today the portfolio covers a full range of glued laminated timber products: beams and panels for a host of structural applications, cross-laminated timber, formworks products, and pioneering composite concrete-glulam elements. Complemented by Hüttemann, Mayr-Melnhof Holz stands for decades of experience in structural timber and offers a full service of timber engineering design, development and implementation of timber constructions. The pellets produced as sawmill by-products complete the portfolio.

The corporate headquarters of Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG are located in Leoben, Austria. The group includes three sawmills with pellet plants in Leoben (AT), Paskov (CZ) and Efimovskij (RU). Timber processing plants operate in Gaishorn (AT), Reuthe (AT), Wismar (DE) and Olsberg (DE). All locations as well as the entire structural timber product portfolio are PEFC-certified.

For further information, please contact:

Sonja Hiebler-Liebminger
Head of Corporate Communications & Group Marketing

Mayr-Melnhof Holz
Turmgasse 67, 8700 Leoben, Austria
Tel +43 – 3842 300 1206

Mobile +43 664 888 15 701
Email sonja.hiebler-liebminger@mm-holz.com
Website www.mm-holz.com