UPM Biochemicals and KRAHN Chemie Deutschland signed an agreement to market new sustainable functional fillers

The construction site of the UPM biorefinery in Leuna, Germany

UPM Biochemicals and KRAHN Chemie Deutschland GmbH signed an exclusive distribution agreement to market UPM BioMotion Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. RFF are a completely new category of functional fillers, replacing fossil-based carbon black and precipitated silica. The distribution agreement covers UPM BioMotion X10, X20 and X40 product grades to be used in plastics, adhesives and sealants as well as paints and coatings.

UPM BioMotion Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) have a significantly lower CO2 footprint compared to traditional, oil-based products. They enable companies to respond to drastically changing market conditions, increasing consumer demands for advanced product sustainability and to make a tangible contribution to achieving the 2050 climate targets.

“RFF are an innovative, new category of bio-based functional fillers, to be used in the production of plastics and other polymer-based products or formulations. As regulatory requirements in automotive, electronics and packaging sectors force companies to meet ever increasing environmental standards, RFF can be a game changer for players in these sectors to comply with these requirements and offer a completely new, sustainable product to today’s sustainability minded consumers,” said Christian Hübsch, Director Sales & Marketing UPM Biochemicals. “We are delighted to cooperate with KRAHN Chemie Deutschland, one of the leading distributors for our target-segments, to bring RFF to the market.”

“UPM BioMotion™ Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) are an excellent addition to our portfolio and support our strong focus on innovating in collaboration with our customers and partners to achieve the 2050 climate goals and future-proof our customer’s performance to comply with current and future regulations,” said Thorben Liebrecht, Business Segment Manager Plastics, Adhesives & Sealants at KRAHN Chemie Deutschland GmbH.

UPM Biochemicals is a new entrant to the chemicals market. As the renewable chemicals business of UPM, the Finnish forest industry market leader with an annual turnover of a EUR 10 billion, UPM Biochemicals is currently investing €750 million in the world’s first biorefinery producing renewable monoethylene glycols (bMEG) and Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) from sustainably sourced and certified hardwood. The biorefinery is being built in Leuna, Germany.

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