Coillte Group Profile


Coillte is Ireland’s largest landowner and has businesses in forestry, land management, renewable energy and the manufacture and export of wood based panel products.

Coillte employs approximately 900 people in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. The company was established in 1988 and owns over 441,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland.

Coillte has three operating divisions – Coillte Forest, Coillte Enterprise and Coillte Panel Products and has three support divisions – Business Transformation & Solutions, Human Resources and Finance.

Coillte Forest manages all aspects of the Group’s forestry business. These include the establishment of plantations, timber harvesting, sales and marketing, recreation and environmental management. Our customers include large scale industrial companies such as sawmills, other users of timber and land owners looking to harvest trees.

Coillte’s forests have been independently certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standard since May 2001, demonstrating that they are well managed in accordance with strict environmental, social and economic criteria. This independent certification is valued and sought after by our customers so they know the products they buy from us are produced from sustainable sources.

We are currently working to secure certification for all our forestry operations from PEFC™, the world’s largest forest certification organisation. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, or PEFC™, is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

Twenty percent of the land owned by Coillte is managed primarily for nature conservation – protecting a range of different species and habitats. Coillte’s commitment to habitat restoration has been recognised internationally with its award winning EU LIFE bog and woodland restoration projects.

Coillte has a proactive approach to forest recreation as set out in our recreation policy “Healthy Forest, Healthy Nation”. Visitors are welcomed, according to the principles of “Leave No Trace” People can access miles of walking, hiking, multi access, and long distance trails, challenge themselves on world class mountain bike trails, enjoy picnics, watch wildlife and visit megalithic sites and forest parks across the country. For more

Coillte Panel Products is an innovative and significant player in the European panel products sector. Its brands are Medite MDF (medium density fibreboard) and SmartPly OSB (oriented strand board). We have two factories – one in Clonmel producing Medite MDF and another at Waterford Port producing SmartPly OSB.
The Panels division is also engaged in Research and Development of new panel products with a range of partners – both commercial and academic. We launched an innovative new waterproof MDF – Medite Tricoya in 2011 and it has been well received in the market.

Coillte Enterprise is the division of the Group that seeks to identify new business opportunities and add value to the Group’s broad asset base. This division is responsible for our businesses in renewable energy – wind farms and renewable heat solutions using wood biomass, land sales and development and telecommunications infrastructure. Through our Enterprise division, Coillte is a leading player in renewable energy in Ireland.
We manage a portfolio of over 400 MW of wind energy projects and we are also a key player in the wood biomass market. We are also the largest provider of telecommunications mast sites in Ireland and are looking to add value to our assets in this business through delivering fibre optic cable to our masts.