60 % of the country's surface is covered by (mostly high) forests, so if we look at the ratio of total forest area to the state's surface, Bosnia and Herzegovina are some of the most forested countries in Europe.
The total area of forests and forest land occupies 64.61 % of the territory of Zenica-Doboj Canton, of which 47 % of forest land is state-owned and 17.6 % of the territory of the Canton is privately owned.
Thanks to the (significant) raw material potential, Zenica-Doboj Canton has developed a strong wood industry, with the largest foreign trade surplus in the Canton, and, as such, is one of the strategic branches of the economy of this canton.
This sector has had a positive growth trend for many years and is one of the brightest examples of the Zenica-Doboj Canton economy, because it is environmentally friendly, with huge raw material potentials, decades of tradition, and traditionally export-oriented, with the possibility of redirecting production to a higher degree of finalization.
Given the richness of raw material potential and the developed wood industry Zenica-Doboj Canton in which there are significant amounts of wood residues from the production of veneer, sawn timber, and furniture, biomass can and should become a significant export product Zenica-Doboj Canton which has its place in the demanding EU market.
In addition to the stated potential of biomass (pellets, briquettes, and wood chips), it can be used in cogeneration plants to produce the necessary heat for production processes, as well as for electricity production.
Same companies from this sector in Zenica-Doboj Canton, have many years of experience in the export of products of higher stages of processing to EU countries, have international certificates, are holders of prestigious awards for product design and quality at international fairs.
The largest export markets of this sector from Zenica-Doboj Canton are Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands.
All of the above indicates the great potential of the wood industry Zenica-Doboj Canton, which represents a sector of possible significant investment activities.
The most important companies in the wood processing sector of Zenica-Doboj Canton: