Timber company to support university forestry program

Stiga RM, one of Latvia’s leading timber companies, has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LBTU) in support of science and education.

Stiga RM committed to providing internships for future forestry professionals, giving them the opportunity to get acquainted with the daily lives of forestry and wood processing industry specialists, gaining practical experience in working with forestry machinery, as well as with highly technological wood and metal processing equipment. The company will also take part in various joint industry and public events.

As part of the agreement, Stiga RM will financially aid in the establishment of the first forest management and wood use exposition in Latvia at the LBTU Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences. Through interactive and digital solutions, visitors will learn how seedlings become high value-added products made in Latvia, discovering forest management cycles, the diversity of Latvia’s forests and the potential uses and applications of wood.

“The LBTU Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences has introduced a practice-based study process, involving industry professionals and cooperating with companies in the industry. It gives future engineers and professionals the opportunity to not only listen to lectures given by experts but also participate in the production process, thus already beginning to understand the nuances of manufacturing during their studies," said Linards Sisenis, Dean of the Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences.

“Until now, the woodworking sector has been thought of in a narrow sense, not realising its full potential for innovation, education and scientific development. But with the growing demand for responsibly used wood, there is also a need for young, ambitious and knowledgeable professionals to bring a breath of fresh air into the sector. Cooperating with LBTU will allow this path to be pursued more quickly," said Andris Ramoliņš, owner of Stiga RM.

Stiga RM was founded in 1994 and manages the full cycle of forest management on its almost 11,000 hectares of land. Stiga RM’s factory in Kuldīga produces birch plywood from high-quality Latvian birch wood and what is described as the world’s most advanced production facility of Wood Wool Cement Board (WWCB) is currently under construction in Tukums. The company also offers roundwood transportation services, providing the largest fleet of log trucks in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries.


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