In a protected environment, the timber industry consists of a broad range of activities in the sectors of wood for working and for fuel. The forestry and harvesting activities (500,000 m3/marketed per year) group together 123 forestry operators and 60 forestry companies.
There are around fifty sawmills in the Ain, 3 of which are amongst the largest in France. They undertake the initial processing and produce 350,000 m3 of saw timber and 250,000 m3 of related products. The activity represents 950 jobs.
All trades within the sector are represented :
Wood for energy – buoyant new markets
In a context in which renewable energy sources are strongly encouraged, wood for energy is a rapidly developing sector: Wood excellence centre in the Bugey, increasing demand for processed heating wood, and increasing popularity of wood boilers and heating systems in the Ain.
Well-adapted training structures
The sector benefits from a wide range of training programmes, from forestry work to secondary processing professions (carpentry, cabinet-making), and in particular the wood organization at Cormaranche which includes the wood science technical college (timber milling and grinding/sharpening) and other organizations (work based training in roofing).
They have chosen the Ain
A success for the Finnish company on European and French levels. Luoman, a Finnish company that specializes in building wooden houses and chalets has been increasing its business in Europe continuously over the last few years.
IA'S is seeking to export its electronic forestry callipers. Only three companies in the world produce this type of equipment