Latvijas Finieris Opens a New Plant in Riga

24. oktober, 2016

Latvijas Finieris opens a new Impregnation Plant in Riga on 27 October 2016. Its construction was started at the end of previous year. The new plant will employ a modern and environmentally friendly technology for producing impregnated paper with a higher added value.

Investing 10 million euros, the production capacity has been doubled. The process will be managed by 12 employees working in three shifts. Wider functionality will allow to develop more sophisticated products. The end product will be used in other group factories in Latvia as well as exported, e.g. to Estonia, where the new plywood factory of Latvijas Finieris is located.

The new innovative impregnation line is designed and manufactured by a special order from leading European specialists, equipped with modern technologies to ensure high environmental performance and improved energy efficiency. Process gases are not released into atmosphere, but are collected and burned in a special utilization unit, which is equipped with a heat exchanger returning it back to the process – for paper drying. Hence, there is a reduction in the fossil fuel consumed (natural gas).

The building itself is distinguished by its innovative engineering solutions – more than three thousand square meters of space are supported by wooden load-bearing structures. Wall finishing also includes wooden elements. The roof is built from laminated wood panels, which were industrially produced and speeded up the construction process. These panels were delivered from Finland and were the first such panels used in Latvian wooden buildings. Thereby a new construction experience has been transferred to Latvia.

Impregnation line installed in the new plant is part of the public investment project – the company will receive a tax credit after its implementation. The support is close to one million euros of the total 10 million euro investment in the plant. State support has facilitated faster implementation of the project in an environmentally friendly way. Latvijas Finieris appreciates it as an important addition to the overall technology cycle and strengthening the competitiveness of the company.

Janis Ciems, CEO of Latvijas Finieris: "We are constantly working on an in-depth research of technology processes and finding innovative solutions to achieve our objectives in a sustainable way. This project is yet another example where environmental issues go hand in hand with business objectives, while also benefiting the society. This is evidenced by the newly created qualified jobs, increase in taxes paid and other important indicators for development of our country."

Some Facts on the New Impregnation Plant (Opportunities)

  • Production value ~ 15 million EUR per annum
  • Paper consumption ~ 40 million square meters per annum or 12 football fields per day
  • Energy efficiency increase ~20% against the previous process

Cooperation Partners in this Project

Arko ceļu būve SIA, Būvmehanizācija SIA, Castor Construction SIA, DanSan SIA, Elset SIA, H & L studija SIA, IFA Technology GmbH, Jurēvičs un partneri SIA, Koro būve SIA, Kotkamills Oy, Lejnieku projektēšanas birojs SIA, MB Betons AS, Metsä Group, Midoms SIA, Pirtel SIA, RK Metāls SIA, Tilts SIA, Timaks Group SIA, UPB Nams SIA, UPB SIA, Vits Technology GmbH u.c.