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Bioeconomy / Timber

Estonia has one of Europe’s largest bioeconomies, including world leading expertise in forest-based activity. Supported by high-quality natural resources, ultra-high use of IT and supportive policy making, Estonia offers a range of production and innovation opportunities.

  • 30% of economic output linked to bioeconomy
  • 50% of Estonia is forested
  • 2.4X more arable land per capita than EU average, 2015
  • #3 globally for science education

Our advantages

30%of economic output linked to bioeconomy
BioeconomySizable bioeconomy delivering economic, social and environmental benefits.
Christmas tree iconAvailability of high-quality, sustainably produced natural resources.
Flexible approachWorld leader in forestry management and production of wood-based products.
icon-laptopUltra-high use of IT in planning, management and innovation.
CleanTechCommitment to sustainable development in Bio and Circular economies.

Overview

50%of Estonia is forested

Estonia has a large and growing bioeconomy which merges traditional skills in forestry, aquaculture and agriculture with cutting-edge technological solutions.

Blessed with pristine nature, Estonian’s have centuries long expertise in harnessing natural resources in an efficient and sustainable manner. Historic traditions are integrated with the practical application of modern methodologies taught in specialist universities and professional competence centres for horticulture, forestry, environmental science and chemicals.

Estonia’s bioeconomy is driven by its world-class expertise in forest-based activity. Possessing an abundance of high-quality FSC and PEFC certified raw material, Estonia has a full value chain for export-oriented activity supported by a track-record of successful investments. Stora Enso’s (read more) significant, vertically integrated operations include forestry management, milling and value-added treatment services. Metsä Wood operates five sites in Estonia including a new €50M energy efficient factory in Pärnu exporting plywood globally.

Europe’s largest per capita producer of wooden residential and commercial buildings, 90% of which are exported to Northern Europe, Estonia is also a pioneer in Biomass and home to Europe’s largest wood pellet producer Graanul Invest.

As befits the world’s most digitally enabled nation, IT utilisation is ultra-high. In addition to high automation to ensure quality and efficiency in production, Estonia is a leader in raw material yield optimisation. For example, Timbeter’s machine learning and imaging solution attracts global clients.

With over 30% of economic output already linked to the bioeconomy and innovative approaches to business transformation and policy making providing unique proof of concept and expertise, Estonia is set to emerge as a global centre of excellence in the field.

Whether you seek high-quality production, world-class digitalisation capability or cutting-edge R&D, Estonia is an attractive and scalable location for bioeconomy investment.

Case studies

Success stories in the Estonian Blockchain industry include:
AB Karl Hedin, Graanul Invest Group, Heinzel Group, Holmen, Horizon Pulp & Paper, Latvijas Finieris, Metsä Wood, SCA, Stora Enso (read more), UPM, etc.

Bioeconomy / Timber

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