Higher value products still account for only 20 percent of Imavere output.
TALLINN - Finland-based paper, packaging, and wood processing company Stora Enso is investing ten million euros in pellet production at the Imavere sawmill in Estonia, reports news agency LETA. The pellet plant project will commence in the fourth quarter of 2010, and the plant is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. As the company’s representatives have stated, Stora Enso aims to become the leading integrated pellet supplier in Northern Europe.
The annual capacity of Imavere Sawmill is 400,000 m3 of sawn wood, joinery components and glue-laminated beams. Stora Enso Wood Products already produces pellets at four sites in Sweden and Russia with total annual capacity 310,000 tons.
Imavere Sawmill is part of the Stora Enso Timber Northern European Unit. It is located in Imavere, a small rural municipality in central Estonia. The sawmill was established in 1995 as the largest sawmill in the Baltic countries.
The cooperation with Stora Enso dates back to 1995. From the very beginning, the mill has invested only in the best and most modern technologies. The sawmill’s success rests on the efficient and developing staff and aggressive investment decisions, says the company.
Sawn timber makes up 80 percent of the basic production of Imavere Sawmill, and value-added products 20 percent. A unit producing ready-to-use components for door and window manufacturers has been in operation since 2000 and a planer unit manufacturing profile boards since 2001. The development of component production has continued as a strategic field of activity for Imavere Sawmill with a second component line in 2004. In August 2005, a beam mill was inaugurated, which produces glued-laminated beams mainly targeting the Japanese market.