Ludwig & Co.

Successful in the global timber business. For three generations

As a third-generation family business, we offer more than just one hundred years of tradition and expertise. We also have very modern values. For example: a flat hierarchy. For our customers, it means fast, unbureaucratic decision-making channels. And one hundred years in business also means trusting relationships with our wood suppliers in all parts of the world that have grown over decades. This guarantees that you can always rely on our promises. We at Ludwig & Co know what we are talking about.

Wilhelm Ludwig

Founder & Managing Director 1922–1974

Peter Ludwig

Managing Director

Kai-Henning Ludwig

Managing Director
Seit 1989

Our history

Milestones of our development

  • 1922

    Wilhelm Ludwig founds the company W. Ludwig & Co. as a broker for overseas timber and European hardwoods.

  • 1943

    Complete destruction of the main office and move to Burchardstraße. In March 1945, this company headquarters was also hit by bombs.

  • 1949

    Ludwig & Co. is the sole importer of softwood logs and lumber from Czechoslovakia until 1957.

  • 1962

    Ludwig & Co. is the sole importer of softwood logs and lumber from Czechoslovakia until 1957.

  • 1966

    Timber imports are joined by the wholesale business at the present company headquarters on Billbrookdeich.

  • 1989

    Expansion of our import activities for sawn softwood from Poland, the Baltic States and the Ukraine

  • 2002

    Start and development of plywood import, today's mainstay of sales.

  • 2007

    Start of direct import of Siberian larch from Eastern Siberia.

Wood is nature

Environmental protection: Responsibility for future generations

Taking responsibility for following generations is not a theory for us. On the contrary. As a third-generation family business, we have been thinking day by day for one hundred years that our timber trade must have a future. With a natural, renewable and pollutant-free raw material wood, which is also CO₂-neutral. Despite these natural advantages of wood as a raw material, forestry logging remains an intervention in nature. That is why it is an important task for us to reconcile the economic advantages and ecological benefits of wood as a raw material.

Ludwig & Co. supports the goals of organizations that promote the prudent use of wood as a natural resource. Two competing certificates exist for this purpose, FSC® (FSC® C108302) and PEFC (PEFC/04-31-3682), both of which pursue the goal of responsible forest management.

Ludwig & Co. supports the trade with certified wood and is FSC and PEFC certified. By purchasing these products, we and our customers make an important contribution to a more responsible use of the global resource forest.

Ludwig & Co. International

We take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the world timber market for you

The international timber market offers countless opportunities to obtain good timber. But it also offers almost as many risks. Because not all wood is the same. The differences begin with the various species of wood, the soil, climate and growth. Ultimately, no two trees are alike. The differences continue with the transport, storage and processing of the wood. Even if many processed wood products are similar in appearance, they often differ in quality.

In short, timber trading needs to be learned. It's not just about buying and selling, - it's about knowledge: where and how to get the quality of wood you're looking for from legal sources around the world at the best price. And how this wood can best reach its buyer.

This requires real expertise and established connections. The best way is through our own local presence and direct contacts with producers. We ensure that goods are inspected before loading and that logistics chains are solid, from loading at the shipper to delivery to the customer. After more than one hundred years as successful experts as timber importers, we can promise you that you will get exactly the timber you need from us.


You know your requirements. We know how to meet you.

Our team consists of well-trained professionals who know what they are talking about. To make it easier for you to find the right contact person for you, here is a brief introduction to our team. Experts who are happy to provide you with advice and support.

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