Metal processing and machine building

Tartu region has traditionally been the centre of Estonian research and development with its internationally renowned universities. Competence, international linkages and traditions are the keywords also for metalworking and machine building industries.

Metalworking and machine building was the biggest industrial sector in Tartu before the Second World War employing one sixth of the labor in manufacturing. Agricultural and forestry machines and apparatus building were historically the strongest sub-sectors with biggest export turnover. These fields are strong even today. Car parts and trailers have emerged as new groups of production that are internationally competitive. And last but not least – a building boom propelled by the Estonian accession to EU has created favorable environment for the growth of producers of steel structures.

Metal product exporters - overview of the sector in Tartu (pdf)


Leading companies:

  • HANZA Mechanics Tartu is one of the leading companies for machined parts in Estonia:
    We can be your industrialization partner together with our proximity units in Sweden to full scale manufacturing, we also support you with assembly and suitable logistic solutions as VMI and others. Regardless of the size and nature of our mission the goal is long-term cooperation HANZA Mechanics Tartu is the CMS unit where our clients have access to multi-process contract manufacturing services. In Estonia you handle everything from procurement, manufacturing and assembly with the delivery of complete units directly to our end customers. The factory is situated in an area with extensive experience in mechanic production, where we have a high technical level and very low turnover of staff. We are a TS 16949 / ISO 14001 / ISO 9001 certified factory.
    HANZA Alfaram Tartu provides wiring harnesses, cable assemblies and assembly services for European customers. We are a reliable and flexible partner operating according to customer requirements and expectations. The operations are well adjusted to high-mix low-volume production in addition to mass production volumes. The unit is ISO9001, ISO14001 as well as TS16949 certified.
  • Tarmetec is the leading metalworking company in Estonia:
    For more than 20 years, we have been providing our services to known industrial companies in a variety of economic sectors in Europe. We consider one of our strengths to be, that most of the manufacturing technologies in metalworking are in use in the companies that belong to our group. Our sales engineers, product developers and engineers are prepared to advise you throughout the whole product development process. We are convinced that such an approach will ensure a satisfying result for you as our customers.
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  • EQUA has produced medical equipment and provided total manufacturing solutions in the field of metal works since 1995. Wide range of technology in EQUA as well as in its sister company AFTERONE enables to offer complete manufacturing solutions from precise machining and traditional metal works to OEM services. The company customers are many successful medical equipment manufacturers in Scandinavia. Working in medical industry has provided essential experience and work practice to be a reliable and precise supplier in any industry field. With most of the long-term cooperation partners just-in-time delivery system is established, it adds more value to the cooperation and customers’ supply chain.
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  • Respo Haagised was established in 1990 and today they are the leading car trailer manufacturer in Estonia owning 42% of market share:
    We believe that our development and success will continue to depend on those thousands of clients who choose Respo trailers and therefore we are fully committed to our clients. The mission of Respo Haagised AS is to manufacture, sell and repair trailers for cars and vans and their accessories, as well as to carry out after-sales maintenance. Our wish is to offer clients high-quality complete solutions.