In July 2014, the project „Holzmanagement BW“ was launched with the mission to found a new organisation promoting the usage of wood in Baden-Württemberg. Before this the structure of a cluster management forestry and wood was established in 2008 to start connecting companies, universities and research and development institutes. In December 2014 the company proHolzBW was founded with four shareholders and a partner organization. These are in forestry (Forstkammer Baden-Württemberg, a forest owners association), in the sawmill industry (Deutsche Säge- und Holzindustrie, a sawmill association), in timber construction (Holzbau Baden-Württemberg, Holzbau Baden, 2 timber construction associations) and additionally the state forest company as partner organization. The organization proHolzBW is also supported by the ERDF funding and the regional funding from the ministry of rural affairs in Baden-Württemberg (Holz-Innovativ-Programm).
The official launch of proHolzBW was on 1st October 2015 with the following targets to foster the usage of wood:
Target 1: Strengthen the cooperation within the value chain forestry and wood
Target 2: Communicate topics of the forestry and timber construction to the target groups
Target 3: Connect interests of public and private investors, architects and planners with the forestry and timber construction industry.
Target groups are investors, architects, planners, the public sector, and universities, companies of the value chain forestry and wood, engineers, housing societies, politics on regional and federal state level. Fields of activities: connecting, informing, promoting, and consulting in the sector of forestry and wood. The organization is structured in four different fields: Cluster management, Consulting for timber construction and Marketing.