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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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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RFF Distribution Agreement


UPM Biochemicals Sales GmbH, Leuna, and Lehmann&Voss&Co. have reached an exclusive agreement regarding the distribution of renewable functional fillers from the UPM BioMotion™ X10, X20 and X40 product range in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom for application in the field of elastomers.

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Transformation Leuna


UPM’s investment in a biorefinery marks one of Leuna’s lighthouse projects with a pioneering technology towards greener chemistry. It’s one of a few regions worldwide where sustainable forestry meets chemicals and plastics production.

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How can green chemistry help to mitigate climate change?

Our Vice President UPM Biochemicals Business, Michael Duetsch, has recently been interviewed for the GRÜNES MIKRO podcast and explains how our wood-based renewable biochemicals can become a game-changer in the chemistry of tomorrow.

Grünes Mikro focuses on a sustainable economy, green products and innovative concepts.

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