The wood sector, an important source of jobs in Grand Est

With more than 1.8 million hectares, Grand Est region has an exceptional afforestation rate of 33%, in contrast to metropolitan France’s average of 30%, with a great diversity of species.

From predominantly hardwood plains (oaks, beeches) to coniferous mountain forests (firs, spruces, Douglas firs), the region hosts a wide variety of species and stands.

This heritage is all the more important because of its great economic and environmental value.

58% public forest, the regional forest supplies nearly 7.3 million m³ of wood per year. More broadly speaking, the forestry and wood sector employs more than 55,500 people, either more than 12% of persons empled in the wood sector in France, mainly in rural areas. Sawmilling and woodworking are the largest employer in wood construction.

Régnier is a perfect illustration of this sector. The company employs 113 people with exemplary parity. Our fleet of start-of-the-art machinery guarantees optimum productivity.

The same trades can be found at Régnier: in production, there are around a hundred men and women working in all stages of bonding, pressing, quality control and finishing. They rely on a whole team of sales representatives who travel across France and Europe meeting customers, a design and quality control office, an accountant and of course a management team.

The region’s woodworking expertise is sustainable thanks to its 59 training establishments located throughout the territory (all levels of study). With 9,870 employers, the wood sector represents a turnover of €11 billion per year.

Forests are part of our landscape. They are places of leisure but also a mine of raw materials, wood, a durable and renewable material.

The wood sector is evolving ...

The wood sector in Grand Est region  is moving beyond all the clichés: a sector exclusively reserved for men, comprising mainly loggers and carpenters who use archaic methods... TToday, the wood sector lists many activities where women find their place and our machinery is state-of-the-art.


Forestry operations include tree marking, logging, manual or mechanised skidding, depending on the size and species of tree, and finally log transportation.Primary wood processing has become industrialised. The wood is divided into sections, cut, split, sawn, sliced, and organised according to the products to be made.

You can make anything out of wood: frames and constructions, furniture and various other products.

Processing companies have between few dozen and a few hundred employees, comprising a wide variety of trades: technical, commercial and administrative.