Westösterreich; Oberösterreich; Traunviertel
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Wood And Of Products Of Wood And Cork, Except Furniture; Manufacture Of Articles Of Straw And Plaiting Materials
16.1 - Sawmilling and planing of wood

104 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 August 2012
Employment effect (start)
31 October 2012
Foreseen end date


The timber company Holzindustrie Lenzing is to close down its operation by the end of October 2012, thus making 104 employees redundant.

The German owner of the company, Sturm Holzindustrie, stated that the reason for the closure is due to a shortage in raw materials. While round timber is scarce and thus by far too expensive, prices for sawn timber to be sold are too low and non-profitable for processing.

The closure will be realised in two steps: By the end of September, processing of sawn timber will be stopped; by the end of October, the planning factory and glued wood factory will be closed down. At first, the owner Mr Sturm announced that no social plans will be provided for the dismissed employees, however, due to the fact that the trade union's consent for a reduction of the time limit of the closure is needed, this will be reconsidered.

Up until 2010, the company was making profits but since then the econimic situation has dramatically worsened.


  • 23 August 2012: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten
  • 30 August 2012: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten
  • 24 August 2012: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten


Eurofound (2012), Holzindustrie Lenzing, Closure in Austria, factsheet number 74091, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74091.