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Wood in the fourth generation

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Wood in the fourth generation

1880

historisch ludwig kuntz

The company founder Ludwig Kuntz was born in 1880 as the son of the timber merchant Karl Kuntz in Neuhemsbach, Palatinate. He spent his childhood and youth in Homburg, Saarland, as well as his training in woodworking, which he completed in his father's business. In Kirn on the Nahe, the opportunity arose in 1903 to lease a timber business and expand, which was Ludwig's chance to stand on his own two feet - he was 23 years old at the time.

1880

1906

On 12.11.1906, the company "Ludwig Kuntz, Dampfsägewerk und Holzhandlung in Kirn" was entered in the commercial register for the first time.

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1908

In the search for a new timber collection area with good transport links, the choice fell on Morbach in Hunsrück. This was the intersection and crossing point of important roads, and there was a connection to the rail network with the new Hunsrück Transverse Railway (Hunsrückquerbahn).

The extensive forest areas around Morbach were very well developed for timber transport by means of an exemplary network of paths, a merit of the progressive government and forestry councillor Otto Kaiser.

1908

On 1 August 1908, the Ludwig Kuntz sawmill in Morbach began production. The company has remained loyal to this location to this day.

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1933

In Sohren, a disused sawmill was bought by the local community and the third site was founded.

1933

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1947

The first works council was founded

1947

1950

At the Kirn factory, production is supplemented with new products due to increasing demand during the economic miracle. Windows, doors, parquet and blockboards

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1959

After the loss of the lucrative pit timber business and in-depth market research, Ludwig Kuntz decided to take up the production of chipboard.

1959

1972

The last use of the saddleback horses at elka

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1983

A new sawmill was built in Morbach

1983

1990

Karl-Robert Kuntz, the 3rd generation of the family, was appointed managing director on 1.12.1990.

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2002

The head office moved from Kirn to Morbach

2002

2003

A major fire destroyed the sawmill in Morbach down to its foundation walls

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2004

After the major fire and an incredibly short reconstruction period, Europe's most modern chip band saw line was put into operation in Morbach in July 2004

2004

2009

With the "Elka Strong Board" (esb), elka-Holzwerke developed a completely new wood-based board that is still successful on the market today.

elka historisch 2010 ESB neu

2013

The esb PLUS wood-based board, which is particularly healthy to live with, was launched on the market

Junge mit ESB Plus Vogelhaus

2013

2013

The company was EN ISO 50001 certified

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2020

Larissa Kuntz, the 4th generation of the family, was appointed Managing Director.

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2020

2021

elka-Holzwerke was certified as a climate-neutral company (net carbon footprint)

Label elka Klimaneutral W0204N21

The story continues...

Sawn timber and wood-based materials
in perfection - since 1906

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Sawn timber and wood-based materials
in perfection - since 1906

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