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UPM Selects Brenntag as Sole European Distributor of its New Bio-based MEG

UPM Biochemicals announced that it has selected Brenntag SE as sole distributor of its sustainable bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG) UPM BioPuraâ?¢ in Europe. The new distribution agreement will bring UPM BioPura to market, unlocking further commercial opportunities, while accelerating the introduction of sustainable forest-sourced materials into the chemical sector.

UPM Biochemicals is committed to the sustainable transformation of the chemical industry and actively engages with industry partners like Brenntag to enable its acceleration. By reducing its dependency on fossil-based materials and transitioning to a more circular, low emission operating model, the chemical industry can become a key enabler in the transformation to a net zero circular economy.

â??As we evaluated potential partners, we were convinced by Brenntagâ??s strong distribution network across Europe, as well as its commitment to engage in evolving the chemical industryâ??s sustainability performance,â? said Michael Duetsch, vice president Biochemicals, UPM. â??Brenntag has demonstrated that they can market, deliver, and promote the advantages of more sustainable solutions. This partnership confirms the attractiveness of our portfolio and is a strong push for the commercialization of our first-of-its-kind biorefinery in Leuna, Germany. â??

UPM invested â?¬1,180 million to build the worldâ??s first industrial scale biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, where sustainably sourced, certified hardwood will be converted into next generation biochemicals that will enable the shift away from fossil-based to renewable materials across a wide range of industries. The Leuna biorefinery is part of a broader growth area, UPM Biorefining, focused on scaling refineries producing a variety of renewable fuels and chemicals made from sustainable biomass. UPM has already signed multiple distribution agreements in the past year to market UPM BioMotionâ?¢ Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), another product within the innovative new category of bio-based products.

UPM BioPura will be produced from certified hardwood obtained from regional forests around Leuna. The biomass does not compete with food resources and will provide manufacturers with a viable option to progress towards their net zero targets and significantly reduce their scope 3 emissions by switching effortlessly from fossil-based ingredients to a renewable, drop-in solution.

â??Brenntag is making significant progress towards its goal of furthering the distribution of sustainable chemicals. We are intensively field-testing new technologies to drive this change forward and are working closely with supply partners like UPM to offer our customers the best possible bio-based alternatives to established chemicals and ingredients to lower carbon emissions,â? said Wolfgang Edel, senior manager, Sustainable Products and Solutions, Brenntag.

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Publication date: 03/10/2023

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