We take the production of wood-based renewable biochemicals from idea to reality

For a sustainable tomorrow

Our products help to mitigate climate change


Replacing fossil-raw materials

Climate neutral feedstock

Sustainable forestry

Improved CO₂ footprint


Our product offering

Renewable functional fillers

Renewable functional fillers

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Renewable glycols

Renewable glycols

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Lignin solutions

Lignin solutions

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We are building a state-of-the-art biorefinery in Leuna

Our wood-based biochemicals offer sustainable, competitive, high-quality solutions for various industries and applications. As our biochemicals can be fully integrated into existing production and recycling processes, they transform the entire chemicals value chain towards renewable circularity.

The Leuna Biorefinery


Facts and Figures

15 hectare

Our construction site is roughly 20 times the size of a football field.

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2020 to 2024

The biorefinery is expected to be operational by the end of 2023 and ramp up in 2024.

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> 100 Jobs

We are building a new organization and are recruiting for various roles in Leuna.

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4 Products

Bio-Monoethylene Glycol (BioMEG), Bio-Monopropylene Glycol (BioMPG), Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), Industrial Sugar

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Taking action on climate change


"UPM Biochemicals provides ingredients that can make direct and positive impact on the climate crisis – yet to the consumer, it may be undetectable that we are enabling the exit from fossils", says Okko Ringena, Senior Manager Business Development. "It means we need to do a good job of explaining how and why we are changing."

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UPM shortlisted at the 2022 Sustainability Awards


Packaging Europe magazine has chosen UPM Biochemicals renewable glycols products as one of the standout innovations for its 2022 Sustainability Awards.

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Meet our sustainability heroes


What drives our employees in their daily work lives, what is their motivation and passion, and what role does sustainability play? We have produced videos where our staff talk about their job responsibilities and daily challenges. Get to know the team and look behind the scenes at UPM Biochemicals.

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Christian Hübsch on RFF


With its new, 100% wood-based Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), UPM aims to revolutionize the rubber and plastic industry. But how exactly? And what makes the new material so superior? Christian Hübsch, Director Sales & Marketing at UPM Biochemicals, explains the details.

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Biorefinery Leuna

Once operational, our new biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, will ramp up to turn wood into next-generation biochemicals producing sustainable glycols and lignin-based renewable functional fillers. After the groundbreaking in 2020, the construction of the UPM biorefinery is in full swing. We estimate the technical start-up by the end of 2023. Watch the progress here!

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