Mercer's mission is to provide sustainably sourced fibers, renewable energy and chemicals for essential human needs. In 2016, we sold approximately 1,429,000 ADMTs of NBSK pulp, 786,000 MWh of electrical power, and 25,000 tonnes of chemicals.
Our operations consist of three large-scale, modern pulp mills - Rosenthal, Stendal and Celgar, and one of the largest sawmills in Germany, Friesau. The Rosenthal, Friesau and Stendal mills are located in eastern Germany. Rosenthal and Friesau are both approximately 300 kilometers south of Berlin, while Stendal is 130 kilometers west of Berlin. Our Celgar mill is located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, approximately 600 kilometers east of Vancouver.
Our pulp mills' core product is
NBSK - a premium grade of pulp with strong long-term market fundamentals - and we have a total of 1,540,000 ADMTs per year of capacity. Our Friesau sawmill produces a wide range of high-quality softwood
lumber products with approximately 550 million board feet (mmfbm) in
annual production capacity on a continuously operating basis.
In recent years, we have also begun to focus on the bio-economy by producing green energy and chemicals as by-products of our manufacturing processes. At nominal incremental cost, we are able to convert residuals from our pulping and sawmilling processes into high margin and environmentally-friendly by-products, which add significant value to our business. These are stable revenue sources, unrelated to pulp prices. Most notably, all four of our mills are net suppliers of energy, meaning we produce more energy than we use - we have a total annual electricity generation capacity of 305 MW at our three pulp mills and an annual generation capacity of 13 MW in electricity and 49.6 MW of thermal energy at Friesau.
Our diversified customer base is located all around the world. We ship NBSK pulp globally to tissue, specialty paper and high-quality printing and writing grade manufacturers and sell lumber products to Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, we provide energy to local utilities and supply chemicals (most notably, tall oil) to regional specialty chemicals producers and fuel refiners.
We employ approximately 1,800 people worldwide, and are proud to manufacture our products as efficiently as possible to ensure that our business enhances the social goals and welfare of the communities and environment in which we operate. We spend a significant amount of time and resources to ensure the safety of our employees, and a minimal impact on the environment. We regularly engage with our stakeholders on a variety of issues, as well as give back to the communities in which we operate. We believe this work is critical to our long-term success.
Our management team has many years of experience and is focused on creating value. In order to maximize our shareholders' value and simultaneously achieve our social goals, we focus on our core businesses in forest products manufacturing, while we continue to explore other new and innovative products. We strive for operational excellence to maximize our profits in the NBSK sector, as this product's premium properties and supply-demand balance make it an attractive market, while at the same time diversifying revenue streams through upstream integration through our sawmill operation. In addition, we are continuing to grow our energy and chemicals revenues, which are less cyclical than our pulp revenues and provide the company with highly profitable and stable cash flows, while at the same time allowing us to fully utilize the forest resource.
Mercer is a Washington state corporation with offices in Vancouver, BC; Seattle, WA; and Berlin, Germany. The common stock is listed for trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol MERC, and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MERC.U.