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Transparent and open communication is close to our hearts. Our rettenmeier® news is therefore an elementary building block and reaffirms our values. Therefore, we inform you here monthly about the latest developments and regularly provide you with up-to-date information about our company, our employees and our products.

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03/2022

Climate protection at rettenmeier®

rettenmeier® - Climate protection starts with each individual - including us!

Because sustainability has always been part of our DNA, we are constantly trying to implement further improvements for the future. We have continuously improved our energy and resource efficiency over the past decades. With the Climate Protection Wood Industry Initiative, we now regularly review our CO₂ emissions in order to reduce them wherever possible.

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Let’s go shopping

D-66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach -  With this great view gladly, or? rettenmeier accompanies you from now on with your shopping in Ramstein.

02/2022

NEU duale Studiengänge

rettenmeier® - Theory at university, practice at rettenmeier®! A dual study program with us is the perfect first career step for all those who cannot decide between training and studying after graduating from school. With our dual study programs, both are possible!

Our new dual study concept is the perfect combination of a scientific study and a practical training at rettenmeier®

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neues Azubi-Programm

rettenmeier® - With our "new apprentice program" we want to promote our junior staff from now on and also ensure that we sustainably get enough rettenmeier® seedlings.

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Sorting plant

D-07927 Hirschberg - The SPRINGER company has completed the first phase at our Hirschberg site: A sorting system, which today runs at a maximum of 180 boards per minute. 

The second installation phase will now include a planer bypass, as well as a fully automated packaging system, including an ED3000 wrapper and robotic labeling.

12/2021

Optimization of our log yard

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - More trouble-free, faster, gentler - we optimize our log yard in Wilburgstetten.

With our new root reducers WRP-STAR from Baljer-Zembrod, we not only increase the output at our logyard, but can also transport our log cuttings through the plant more gently, which protects our precious raw material from damage.

Our log train in Wilburgstetten was also extended and now has a total length of 350 meters. With now a total of 118 boxes for sorting our logs, we are optimally equipped to make our production processes even more resource-efficient.

10/2021

Fire-fighting support vehicle LUF 60

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On October 13, the fire-fighting support vehicle LUF 60 was demonstrated to the neighboring districts on our factory premises in Wilburgstetten. The fire-fighting robot LUF 60 is the ideal vehicle for operations where normal strategies are difficult to implement. Thanks to its remote control, it can reach the source of the fire directly, even under the most difficult circumstances.

From up to 2,400 liters of water/min., the extinguishing robot generates a nebulized water jet that can be thrown up to 60 meters. The throwing distance of foam is approx. 35 meters.

new benches LIMESEUM Ruffenhofen

D-91749 Wittelshofen - We donated wood for the new resting facilities of the LIMESEUM in the Ruffenhofen Roman Park in the district of Ansbach. The old benches in the Roman Park were getting on in years and had to be replaced. The new benches will now be prepared during the winter and next year - provided with a saying - will invite visitors to take a short break and pause.

09/2021

CONTACT Wassertrüdingen training fair

D-91717 Wassertrüdingen - On September 28, we were represented at the CONTACT training fair in Wassertrüdingen and wanted to help all students with one of the most important decisions in life - "What should be the next career step after school?" - help. 

Are you about to graduate from school and wondering what to do next? Perfect - We are constantly looking for young seedlings who are motivated to grow with us. We promote young talents who are just as enthusiastic about wood as we are. This is how we create the basis for many successful years together at rettenmeier®. 

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Florian Bilic visiting

D-66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach - In mid-September, Florian Bilic, the CDU's nominated candidate in the electoral district 210 (county of Southwest Palatinate, parts of the county of Kaiserslautern and the independent cities of Pirmasens and Zweibrücken) was our guest in Ramstein.

Together with our CEO, Stephan Lang, he discussed the challenge for forestry and wood in the coming years and was impressed by the dimensions of our Ramstein site.

Rettenmeier is investing in growth, resource efficiency and new jobs in the Baltics.

With an investment program at its own site in Incukalns (Latvia), the Rettenmeier Group will significantly expand the plant over the next few years, increase the depth of added value  and create more jobs.

During 2022, a new log yard and a new sawing line with a capacity of more than 1 million cubic meters per year each will be installed, followed by two new sorting lines at the beginning of 2023 and a new planing line with an annual output over 250.000 m³ in 2024.

The main focus of the entire investment and the future alignment of the company is to increase resource efficiency with higher yield, productivity and added value of the raw material at substantial improved energy balance. Taking ecological aspects into account, the company's complete vehicle fleet will be switched to electromobility wherever possible within the investment time frame. Energy recovery in the construction of the new buildings will be one of the key considerations. Moreover, the plant will be connected to both, the European and Russian railway networks in order to shift considerable parts of the freight transport towards the rail in the future.

We have new seedlings

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - Also this year we were allowed to receive our new trainees (seedlings) on September 1, 2021. The new trainees were allowed to gather first impressions during their introduction week and received both a safety briefing and a first aid course.

Our board member Dr. Stephan Lang and our personnel manager Mrs. Lindenmeier welcomed them ceremoniously. In the course of this, our former trainees were also given a ceremonial farewell, congratulated and presented with gifts. All our former trainees were taken on and are now an integral part of rettenmeier®.

 

08/2021

Employee event

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - After the ceremonial inauguration of our new sawmill, our employee event took place on August 28, 2021. Our employees were able to visit the new sawmill with their families while enjoying food and drink, win great prizes in our raffle, or experience the creation of the sawmill in a film presentation. The little visitors did not miss out either. 

Thanks to all the active helpers who contributed to the success of the inauguration events. 

Inauguration of Europe's most modern sawmill

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - On August 26, 2021, Forestry Minister Michaela Kaniber officially opened our new sawmill on behalf of Bavaria's Minister President Dr. Markus Söder - due to Corona, a ceremonial inauguration was only possible now.

"Today we have the pleasure of jointly opening the most modern sawmill in Europe here in Wilburgstetten. A sawmill that, above all, combines resource efficiency with innovation and progress. I think this is something to be proud of - we as the Bavarian state government certainly are, and we can also take this opportunity to congratulate you wholeheartedly," Kaniber said in her speech. "The use of wood is active climate protection," she said. This makes us at rettenmeier very proud and we thank Michaela Kaniber for the great words.

07/2021

Member of the Bundestag visits the new sawmill

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - On July 28, 2021, Artur Auernhammer, member of the German Bundestag, visited our Europe's most modern sawmill. Together with Julia Möbus (Managing Director DeSH) and our CEO Dr. Stephan Lang, the trio exchanged views on the situation on the timber market. Finally, a sawmill tour took place, during which Artur Auernhammer was enthusiastic about our new high-performance saw line. 

You can find more information about this visit in the DeSH press release: 

Vaccination #2 done

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - Many of our employees have now been vaccinated for the second time and thus have almost complete vaccination protection. Many thanks to our company doctor Dr. med. Martin Pfitzner and his team for the flawless procedure.

Of course, the vaccination at rettenmeier® is 100% voluntary and all our protective measures introduced at the beginning of the pandemic are still in place at all locations. For us, the health and well-being of our employees is our top priority!

06/2021

The kestrel offspring is loose!

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - On June 10, we found a small kestrel at our site in Wilburgstetten. In order to bring the cute little feathered ball from our premises and our factory traffic in safety we brought it to Andreas Ritz in the Greifvogel-Aufangstation Mittelfranken e.V. in Unteroestheim. There our little feathery friend will be fed up a bit until he can return to his natural habitat on his own. Thank you for your help and we wish the little bird a good new start into a free and wild life.

Vaccination campaign at rettenmeier®

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - We at rettenmeier® also want to make our contribution to the vaccination campaign in Germany. As one of the first enterprises at all in Germany we will make an inoculation offer to our coworkers. The infrastructure is available, our company doctor is ready and already today the first vaccinations were started. In this way, we are not only protecting ourselves - but also others!

Of course, vaccination at rettenmeier® is 100% voluntary and all our protective measures introduced at the beginning of the pandemic are still in place at all locations. For us, the health and well-being of our employees is our top priority!

05/2021

rettenmeier® from the plane

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - We received this beautiful aerial view of our Wilburstetten site from Kurt Kochler. Dear Kurt, thank you very much for the great current view from above!

04/2021

First log at the new sawmill in Wilburgstetten

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - BREAKING NEWS: The first trunk ran on the new line on April 15, 2021. Trial run underway! Milestone in the new rettenmeier® sawmill at the Wilburgstetten site.

Daily work

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - Everyday work at rettenmeier® in Wilburgstetten - not much more to say!

03/2021

new DIY assortment catalog

Our new DIY range catalog is ready - Just in time for the 2021 gardening season. 88 pages filled with our comprehensive range of services - from our rettenmeier® classic products to our product innovations, our new catalog provides a comprehensive picture - naturally in the usual rettenmeier® premium quality.

new planing line in Ramstein

D-66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach - The new planing line in Ramstein is about to be commissioned! With an additional capacity of approx. 120,000 m³ planed timber p.a. our planing capacity in Ramstein will increase to more than 300,000 m³ annual output. Our main product range in Ramstein remains the classic "wood in the garden" range for the European DIY sector. This year we will produce over 200,000 m³ of decking boards in Douglas fir and larch and are looking forward to the garden season 2021!

02/2021

Construction sites UPDATE (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - Our camera has been in operation for over a year now - in all weathers. From the mast opposite our construction site, it records the progress of the NEW rettenmeier® sawmill at the Wilburgstetten site day and night, several times a day. Since the groundbreaking ceremony on 01.03.2020, a lot has happened on our construction site. 100,000 cubic meters of soil excavation had been completed by May. This was followed by civil engineering and building construction on a total of 8 hectares of additional operating area! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this. And to everyone else: All the nicer that you can participate in the construction progress via time-lapse. Watch the film!

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01/2021

The rettenmeier® winter wonderland from the air (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - On a total of 62 hectares, we produce over 800,000 m³ of sawn and planed timber here. As the largest European wood supplier in the DIY sector, we sell a large part of our products to large and small DIY chains throughout Europe. From Spain to Norway, from France to Romania. Everywhere you can find wood from rettenmeier® in the DIY stores of Europe and now also the USA. That makes us mighty proud!

And there is also a lot going on at our construction site: the new construction and expansion is progressing. Slowly everything can be seen. We are already very excited - see for yourself

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Rettenmeier BSH Guildwood® (Hirschberg)

The final spurt begins - In Hirschberg, our BSH project is entering the home stretch! The construction site is making enormous progress. Already in April, the plant will go into trial operation. We are looking forward to our rettenmeier BSH Zunftholz®!

The new year starts GIGAntisch (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - Premiere for us and the whole region. The Gigawood is here!

The six-axle, combined electric and diesel locomotive (5 MW electric + 2.7 MW diesel) brought us almost 2600 FM of round timber today. With a length of almost 700 meters and a weight of almost 3000 tons, this is the longest and heaviest train at rettenmeier® in Wilburgstetten so far. The wagons are of the new type "Gigawood". The loading capacity could be increased by 50 % and the loading time could be reduced because, for example, tension belts are no longer necessary. The Gigawood will enter Wilburgstetten around 50 times in 2021. In this way, we are supplying our plant sustainably and shifting shipments from road to rail in an environmentally friendly way.

12/2020

NEW Sennebogen (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - We move, process and handle a lot of wood every year at our 6 European sites. In 2021, this will be more than 3 million FM. Among other things, we rely on our Sennebogen wood handling machines for this. Since this week, a new SENNEBOGEN 735 E with trailer has been making its rounds at our company headquarters in Wilburgstetten and is already running in for our new sawmill. We have invested in a total of 7 new wood handling machines in the rettenmeier® group for 2021. The new year can begin.

rettenmeier® guild timber BSH - construction site on track (Hirschberg)

D-07927 Hirschberg - The hall stands, the roof is already in the completion and also the first plants are installed!

The first Svetruck of the Rettenmeier Group (Inčukalns, Latvia)

LV-2141 Inčukalns, Lettland - Today the first Svetruck arrived at the Rettenmeier Group. The Svetruck type 1260 is in operation at our Latvian plant at Rettenmeier Baltic Timber. We are excited about its performance!

The first detail pictures

D-91634 Wilburgstetten

Facts:

  • Linck VM 50 profile flaker line with a capacity of 1.2 million FM
  • 3 highly automated Springer sorting lines with 220 machine cycles/minute, designed for 620,000 m³ main and side goods and 320,000 m³ secondary sorting
  • 2 Mahild contraflow channel dryers with package-length-independent charging, fully automatic throughput operation and a total annual capacity of 400,000 m3 p.a.

11/2020

Ramstein at a glance

D-66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Facts: 

  • Ramstein is located in the Palatinate Forest, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany, which is mainly characterized by redwoods.
  • Spruce, pine, Douglas fir, larch, in three, four and five meters: we cut 4 types of wood in 3 different lengths in Ramstein, more wood types than at any other location.
  • Douglas fir is the main tree species with almost 300,000 FM, making our Ramstein plant probably the largest "Douglas fir sawmill" in Germany.
  • On our planing lines we produce more than 100,000 cbm of garden timber per year, mainly decking boards, supplying DIY stores all over Europe.
  • In 2021, our 2nd pellet plant in the rettenmeier group will be built at the Ramstein site with a capacity of 120,000 to/p.a.

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The most modern large sawmill in Europe (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten

Facts:

  • Linck VM 50 profile flaker line with a capacity of 1.2 million FM
  • 3 highly automated Springer sorting lines with 220 machine cycles/minute, designed for 620,000 m³ main and side goods and 320,000 m³ secondary sorting
  • 2 Mahild contraflow channel dryers with package-length-independent charging, fully automatic throughput operation and a total annual capacity of 400,000 m3 p.a.

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New rettenmeier® homepage

The time has come: Our new homepage is online and shines in new splendor!
In a modern design, with freshly prepared content and of course adaptable to all devices - whether PC, tablet or smartphone - our new website is now online. 
We hope you enjoy discovering our relaunched website.

Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest - social media has long been part of modern corporate communication. We are also active now and inform you about news, practical tips and interesting facts. Just follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to be regularly provided with news, tips and tricks on rettenmeier®.

10/2020

Film at rettenmeier® (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - From Wilburgstetten into the wide world - with our short film we offer you a brief insight into our headquarters in the district of Ansbach in Middle Franconia - anytime, anywhere and in compliance with hygiene regulations.

Slowly and quietly, the camera maneuvers over and through our factory premises and offers you an insight into our production process. A 2-minute film was shot by the company FTL-Mediaconsulting, which gives a short insight behind the scenes of our company headquarters in Wilburgstetten - rettenmeier® one of the leading manufacturers of solid wood products in Europe.

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09/2020

New seedlings (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - On September 1, 2020, a new phase of life began for nine young people who decided to train at rettenmeier® in Wilburgstetten after finishing school. Our CEO Dr. Stephan Lang, together with our HR manager Ms. Lindenmeier, welcomed nine motivated and good-humored trainees to our headquarters in Wilburgstetten this year. During their first introductory week, the nine new trainees got their first insights into the different areas of rettenmeier® and got to know their new colleagues.

Farewell to former trainees (Wilburgstetten)

D-91634 Wilburgstetten - All of our eight former trainees were able to complete their training this year on schedule and despite difficult COVID-19 conditions, and were duly congratulated and presented with gifts by our Board of Management at a festive farewell ceremony. Our former trainees were taken on by us and are now an integral part of our rettenmeier® family.