Our company is located in Tavannes, in the Jura-region of the Canton of Berne. From the very beginning, our company has been concerned with the production and the refinement of wood materials. Our company’s first aspiration is to exploit the full potential of wood in its rich variety and to put it into practice.


Tavapan is a Swiss company with national and international activities in the wood industry. Our products are geared to the needs and to the high quality demands of our customers.


Our thinking and acting is customer-oriented. To each of our customers’ visions we try to provide an optimal solution. Our customers can rely on Tavapan. Our aim is to manufacture high quality products that are available at a fair price. Through innovations we stand out from our competitors. The success of our company is based on honesty and mutual respect. Through fair prices we ensure our long-term existence and our jobs.


The collaboration with our associates is constructive, fair and successful for both sides. The quality work of our associates has a strong impact on our own company. That is why we pay heed to quality and reliability in the dealing of our providers’ deliveries. We aim at sincere and balanced business relationships on a solid, long-term base.


We offer our employees interesting long-term jobs and we place value on a work climate that is governed by the will to good collaboration throughout the company. As our employees are our most important capital, their health and workplace safety have high priority in our company. Appreciation and mutual respect as well as an open communication among our employees provide the basis of our active collaboration. We expect our employees to behave in a cooperative, flexible but also sincere and cost-conscious way.


Our activities are shaped by the awareness of our social and environmental responsibility.

For Tavapan as distributor of renewable raw materials, the spare use of resources not only makes ecological sense, but in the face of increasingly expensive energy and commodity prices is also an important criterion for economic competitiveness. Our customers can also benefit from these efforts.

How do we concretely put our responsibility into practice?

Material optimization

Each request for cuts as well as special formats is optimized and ordered directly from the factory. This allows us to reduce waste.


The surface treatment with UV varnish on water-base is our standard.

Value optimization

Through consultation, we can optimize the quality and price of our quotations. For large projects, we therefore encourage you to contact us in good time.


To combine deliveries and large orders, we use the existing distribution network of our timber suppliers.


All waste of wood is used to heat up the veneer press and the production space, thus consumption of petroleum is reduced.

Using wood material is active climate protection

  • CO2 is absorbed by the foliage of the forests.
  • Carbon is stored in the material itself
  • Non-renewable materials such as plastics and metals, which are produced with a high amount of fossil fuels, are replaced

Wood material stores carbon

Wood materials sequester carbon. By buying them you help to decrease CO2 in the atmosphere, which is co-responsible for the greenhouse effect.

A deliberate use of plastics may be useful too

Polyurethane foams are used in frame extensions for thermal insulation. Although polyurethane is made of non-renewable petroleum, this material helps save many times more fuel oil. Due to its positive environmental balance, the deliberate use of this material is perfectly reasonable.

The almost 100-year history of Tavapan reflects the rapid development of the wood industry. From a traditional saw and mill plant near the source of the Birs an industrial factory has emerged.


From the very beginning, Tavapan has been a pioneering company in the area of wood materials. The company has successfully developed and has kept an increasing production depth. Today Tavapan’s production is almost exclusively order-related - yet the industrial aspect shave not been lost.

2010 Private takeover. 100% independent, Swiss company.
1999 Takeover by Sonae (Portugal).
1988 Takeover by Glunz (Germany). New acoustic products, introduction of composite materials and frame extensions.
1975 Decline in demand, job losses, diversification of products to further processed board materials.
1972 Decreasing demand for products, increasing competition from abroad.
1960 New production hall with modern facilities for the production of chipboards.
1958 Fire in the production building.
1953 Inauguration of the production hall for the manufacturing of chipboards. The number of employees increases to a total of 200 jobs.
1935 Production start of the company "Fabrique de panneaux forts et bois croisé SA».