Biochemicals derived from renewable wood – a sustainable alternative to fossil-based solutions

Biochemicals derived from wood

We offer and develop innovative, sustainable and competitive wood-based chemicals for a variety of uses. Our high-quality biochemicals are derived from renewable wood originating from sustainable managed and certified forests.

We offer four types of biochemicals

Our four product segments within biochemicals are chemical building blocks, lignin products, biofibrils, and biomedical products.

Chemical building blocks are cost competitive replacement for fossil-based monomers and chemicals such as intermediates to bioplastics. UPM Biochemicals is aiming to become a leading producer of sustainable Chemical building blocks (CBB) based on forest biomass. Read more »

Biofibrils are cellulose micro- and nanofibril products that can be used for shaping materials and giving them new characteristics. Biofibrils products can be used as a suspension aid and rheology control agent or reinforcement and barrier element in different uses. Biofibrils have been developed in the Finnish Centre for Nanocellulosic Technologies in Otaniemi Finland. For more information on biofibrils, pleace contact biochemicals@upm.com.

GrowDex is a novel wood-based cellulose nanofibril hydrogel for 3D cell culturing and other biomedical applications. It is highly biocompatible with human cells and tissues – but without any animal- or human-derived material. Read more »

Lignin is one of nature's most abundant materials. It is the glue that provides compressive strength to wood and it also makes cell walls water repellant and durable. It is these properties that make lignin an ideal bio-based substitute for various petro-based products used today.
UPM BioPiva lignin for resin formulations is one example of this kind of products. BioPiva allows resin producers to substitute up to 70% of their petro-based raw materials with a non-toxic, 100% bio-based, and cost effective alternative, without compromising product performance. Read more »

UPM – the Biofore Company

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. We create value from renewable and recyclable materials. In 2014, UPM's sales totaled € 9.9 billion. Our 20,000 people work in 45 countries across six continents. UPM shares are listed on the NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange. Learn more about UPM at www.upm.com.