UPM and Domtar have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar's BioChoice™ lignin in Europe. BioChoice™ is produced at Domtar's biorefinery in Plymouth, North Carolina, US. The agreement takes effect on 1 August 2014.
BioChoice™ lignin is a by-product of the kraft pulping process. It is a 100 % biobased sustainable alternative to replace fossil based products. BioChoice™ lignin holds the USDA Certified Biobased product label.
"Our lignin-separating process is groundbreaking, allowing us to offer high-quality kraft lignin in commercial quantities. UPM is an ideal partner for Domtar in many ways. They have a strong presence in the European market and also years of experience with biomaterials", said Richard Mullen, Domtar, Vice President Market Development and Analysis.
"We at UPM are truly excited about this agreement, not only because we get a great product in our offering, but also because together with Domtar we can develop the market and offer our customers sustainable, value added products for a growing variety of end uses", said Juuso Konttinen, Vice President Biochemicals from UPM.
"Versatile use of renewable wood biomass combined with innovation and sustainability is the cornerstone of UPM's Biofore strategy. We have developed profound know-how and for intellectual property in the area of lignin based products, e.g. resins which are typically used as binders in wood based products", Konttinen continued.