The ability to treat the forest right is an art

About us

Lignator is an Estonian capital-based forestry group founded in 1995. We buy and manage profit yielding land, are involved in forestry and trade of roundwood and sawn timber, and provide wood handling service. Our subsidiary companies are Lignator Mets OÜ, Lignator Logistika OÜ, Lignator Timber OÜ and associate company is Multiland OÜ. Familiarise yourself with our structure, click here.

They say that a forest is grown with an axe. Lignator means woodcutter in Latin, which best characterises our serious intentions in forestry. Our team has skills and experience to improve the quality of Estonian forests as a whole and do it without damaging the natural balance – to increase value and ensure green environment for the future generations.

With us you will find the best solutions to all your forestry questions!

Toomas Soo

Manager of Lignator AS

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  • Ulvar Kaubi RMK Head of Timber Distribution Department

    Lignator with it’s active and determined actions and being the only timber trading company based solely on the local capital, has risen into the top ten of timber buying companies from RMK.  In close international competition the company has managed to be successful for a long period of time so the positive image of the company is well deserved.

     
  • Neville Greenwood KDM Director

    We have been doing business with Lignator Timber for around 10 years and it’s feels more like a partnership rather than a normal supplier/customer relationship.

    Katlin and her team run a very professional business, buying pallet, birch and other timber products from a variety of loyal and good quality sawmills, which they have very close relationships with.

    KDM’s business is all about providing our customer with the quality of product they require, at a competitive price with a regular on-going supply, this is exactly what we get from Lignator Timber.

     
  • Darren Weightman Capital Hardwood & Components Ltd purchase manager

     I have dealt with Lignator Timber Ltd for many years now mainly through Katlin Narusk and her excellent team of staff.I have always found this company to be accurate with their information whilst being diligent and discreet in their dealings with Capital Hardwoods and Components Ltd.Lignator`s products are always of a high standard whilst being competitively priced. In my opinion Lignator are a credit to the industry and a totally trustworthy company. An absolute pleasure to deal with and long may our trading relationship last.

     

Forests

The statistics reveal that Estonian private forest owners own generally forests with mature structure due to the fact that the continuity of management in private forests was inactive during the Soviet occupation. See the video of what our forester Magnus Karukäpp recommends to the forest owners.

One of the reasons for the passive nature of private forest management is the complexity of forest management, because the owners sense, and rightfully so, their lack of skill for managing the forest on their own as well as risks in selling the cutting rights of the growing forests. On the other hand, people do not want to sell their forest properties due to the fact that emotions outweigh the financial gains.

Forests need to managed not to waste them.

A mature forest loses its value when it is not used, because very old trees die of disease and vermin. A mature forest that loses its vitality is also sensitive to storms. The frequent storms Estonia has witnessed over the last decade have proved it and a significant amount of forests has been wasted. Constant management process is necessary to keep forests viable and healthy, and to prevent loss of value of the property.

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Why should you sell your forest to Lignator?

SPEED AND COMPETENCE

Our team is cooperating with eight forestry managers and the company has a licence for forest survey and management planning. We are able to evaluate the forest quickly and well and then make our offer.

HIGHEST RETURN AND DOMESTIC ORIGIN

We pay private forest owners return that is not made at the expense of the seller of the property, but which we earn during a long period of time through well-thought large-scale forest management. We are able to use such model due to strong equity capital and high credit rating of the company. It is worth mentioning that we are company owned by Estonian owners whose activities yield a tax revenue that stays in Estonia.

SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

Our principle is to take the strong approach of following good practice and transparent forestry, the keywords of which are maintaining a nature- and environmentally-friendly attitude, correct forestry methods, responsibility, unconditional following of Forestry Act and forestry management rules.

The result is managing forests in the way that preserves resources for the future.

Toomas Kont
Manager
Magnus Karukäpp
Forest manager
Tarmo Meus
Forest surveyor/forestry adviser
Karina Riive
Assistant
Jaak Laurikainen
Eesti metsakorralduse manager

Roundwood

Lignator Logistika is involved in buying up roundwood. Our service chain ensures the competitiveness, which includes the combined use of schemes of road, rail, and marine transportation.

What do we buy?

Pulpwood from birch
Pulpwood from spruce
Pulpwood from pine
Pulpwood from aspen
Firewood from coniferous trees
Firewood from deciduous trees

Roundwood purchase locations

Rain Helde
Manager
Teemar Kont
Business manager
Kaimas Viimsalu
Purchase manager of Paldiski terminal
Margo Miks
Purchase manager of Reola, Tsirguliina
Lauri Kärmas
Purchase manager of Antsla, Võru
Vasyl Protsiv
Purchase manager of Veriora
Sergei Ploškin
Master of Tsirguliina
Elita Teder
Sales secretary
Tõnis Kiisa
Master of Paldiski terminal
Kaido Koppel
Master of Paldiski terminal
Priidu Teppo
Purchase manager of Põlva

Sawn timber

Lignator Timber is involved in buying up and exporting various sawn timber products. Our aim is to find right supplier for every product, adjust to the demands of different markets and supply high-quality materials to Pallet Manufacture; Upholstery & Furniture Manufacture and Building sector.

Our main export market is United Kingdom followed by Belgium, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Lignator Timber is a member of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

FSC

 

Eesti Kaubandus-Tööstuskoda

   www.koda.ee

  • Neville Greenwood KDM Director

    We have been doing business with Lignator Timber for around 10 years and it’s feels more like a partnership rather than a normal supplier/customer relationship.

    Katlin and her team run a very professional business, buying pallet, birch and other timber products from a variety of loyal and good quality sawmills, which they have very close relationships with.

    KDM’s business is all about providing our customer with the quality of product they require, at a competitive price with a regular on-going supply, this is exactly what we get from Lignator Timber.

     
  • Darren Weightman Capital Hardwood & Components Ltd purchase manager

     I have dealt with Lignator Timber Ltd for many years now mainly through Katlin Narusk and her excellent team of staff.I have always found this company to be accurate with their information whilst being diligent and discreet in their dealings with Capital Hardwoods and Components Ltd.Lignator`s products are always of a high standard whilst being competitively priced. In my opinion Lignator are a credit to the industry and a totally trustworthy company. An absolute pleasure to deal with and long may our trading relationship last.

     

What do we export?

Pallet material
Birch for furniture manufacture
Whitewood/Redwood

Sawn timber shipping ports

Kätlin Narusk
Manager
5065837
Kalev Sild
Purchase manager
5099664
Madis Tamm
Purchase manager
5056095
Jaana Timofejev
Sales specialist
5044134

Contact

Lignator AS

Toomas Soo
Manager
Anu Sõnajalg
Board member/chief accountant
Rain Helde
Business manager
Vivika Koplimaa
Accountant
Carmen Karu
Assistant to the management and marketing/personnel specialist
Eed Maran
Office manager

Lignator Mets OÜ

Toomas Kont
Manager
Magnus Karukäpp
Forest manager
Tarmo Meus
Forest surveyor/ forestry adviser
Karina Riive
Assistant
Jaak Laurikainen
Eesti Metsakorralduse manager

Lignator Logistika OÜ

Rain Helde
Manager
Teemar Kont
Business manager
Kaimas Viimsalu
Purchase manager of Paldiski terminal
Margo Miks
Purchase manager of Reola, Tsirguliina, Antsla
Lauri Kärmas
Purchase manager of Võru
Vasyl Protsiv
Purchase manager of Veriora
Sergei Ploškin
Purchase manager of Tsirguliina
Elita Teder
Sales secretary
Tõnis Kiisa
Master of Paldiski terminal
Kaido Koppel
Master of Paldiski terminal
Priidu Teppo
Purchase manager of Põlva

Lignator Timber OÜ

Kätlin Narusk
Manager
Kalev Sild
Purchase manager
Madis Tamm
Purchase manager
Jaana Timofejev
Sales specialist