Industrial areas and business opportunities in South-East Estonia

Light industry


Clothing and footwear production has an important role in the Estonian light industry. According to Statistics Estonia the latter products and produced textiles formed a total of 8.1% of the share in the retail market.

More than 400 companies in Estonia are producing clothing, and the sector offers employment for about 6000 people. The main export markets for the Estonian clothing manufacturers are Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Norway and Germany, and in 2013 the outbound freight volumes were over 100 million euros.

Many businesses in Võru County produce footwear and clothing. Their experience, constant product development and ability to keep up with modern technologies ensure that they are significant partners for organisations both in Estonia and abroad.

Products made by OÜ Abris are available in the Baltic, Scandinavian and other markets. Ritico, which operates in Võru County, has become one of the largest insole manufacturers in Eastern Europe.

Having more than 20 years of experience, Nancotex Eesti OÜ produces clothes for both children and adults and exports its production to Scandinavia. The success of OÜ Hamery is affirmed by their cooperation with such wellknown brands as Seppäla, Lindex and Halens.

An outstanding example of the sector:

AS Abris

AS Abris

The history of Võru footwear factory goes back to the beginning of the previous century, when a tannery was established in the city. The factory has been called AS Abris since 1993, and it has been engaged in footwear manufacturing since 1960.

The company is constantly improving to meet the needs of the actual users and work environments; the result is durable, comfortable and high quality footwear.

Quality natural genuine leather, certified safety elements, and modern comfortable materials are used. A wide range of working and safety footwear is offered. There are over 100 articles from slippers to boots, and many of them are CE marked safety footwear and are certified in the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

In addition, Abris exports footwear to the Scandinavian market, meaning that shoes bought in Finland might have been born in a Võru factory.
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