AS Estonian Cell

AS Estonian Cell is a Kunda-based aspen pulp mill, which started production in April 2006. The volume of the investments made into constructing the brand new mill from scratch was 153 million euros, which is the second largest investment ever made into Estonian industry. The company is owned by the Austrian Heinzel Group.

The Environmentally friendly pulp mill

  • The only aspen pulp mill in Estonia.
  • One of the largest foreign investment projects in Estonia.
  • Estonia’s main producer of biogas.
  • Belongs to the international Heinzel Group
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We export all our produce
  • The mill produces 170,000 tons of aspen pulp a year
  • We export 100% of our produce.
  • The company employs 99 people

AS Estonian Cell’s aspen pulp mill is the perfect example of automation, allowing us to produce nearly 170,000 tons of pulp per year. Our produce is used as a raw material for making high-quality paper in European and Asian paper mills. Estonian Cell employs 86 people, but another 500 are involved in the value chain of our produce.
We sell all the pulp we produce to various paper mills in Europe and Asia. On average, we export to 30 countries a year. On average, 75% of the produce is exported to European and 25% to Asian clients. Our pulp is used in making printing paper, cardboard, tissue paper and special-use paper.

Environmentally friendly production
  • Sulphur-free production
  • Chlorine-free bleaching
  • Lower water use
  • High wood yield

The innovative technology used in the mill allows for environmentally friendly production, which we deem especially important.
Pursuant to the integrated environmental permit No. 1 issued to Estonian Cell, the company is subject to strict environmental requirements. Modern production standards and environmentally friendly technology help to satisfy the requirements of the international environmental management standard – ISO 14001.

The mill’s biological water treatment plant was a large investment, enabling us to achieve a more than 90% treatment level in dealing with the biochemical oxygen demand – the highest level in this industrial sector. The treated wastewater is directed to the Mahu Bay through a 10.4 km pipe, where it is discharged 2.4km away from the beach, 12m deep on the sea floor.

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