Suzano and Behn Meyer announce partnership for production of sustainable rubber

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The two companies will exhibit together at DKT 2024 in Nürnberg from 1-4 July 2024

28th June2024 - The world’s largest market pulp producer, Suzano S.A. and leading German chemical distribution company, Behn Meyer Group today announce a new partnership to supply sustainable additives to the European rubber market.

As part of the collaboration, Suzano will supply Ecolig®, its multifunctional lignin-based bioproduct, which will be used as a sustainable additive in Behn Meyer’s rubber products portfolio and distributed to its wide customer base in Europe. Ecolig® is a sustainable alternative to other chemical additives and fossil-based antioxidants currently used to prevent oxidation and enhance the performance of rubber.

Ecolig® is produced in an exclusive plant at Suzano’s mill in Limeira, São Paulo, with all raw material sourced from Suzano’s fully integrated tree farms in Brazil, where it responsibly plants and grows eucalyptus at scale. Suzano, which celebrates its centenary this year, is the world’s largest eucalyptus producer and manages 2.7 million hectares of land, 40% of which is set aside for permanent conservation. Kraft lignin is a by-product of the pulp and paper making process and is present in the eucalyptus wood that Suzano plants and cultivates. Suzano’s Ecolig® has a wide range of applications due to its high antioxidant potential, UV radiation absorption and binding properties.

This deal is part of Behn Meyer’s efforts to make its rubber product portfolio more sustainable through the addition of renewable materials. Behn Meyer Europe GmbH serves customers of the Rubber and Plastics industry in more than 20 countries in the European Union and UK. By prioritising renewable materials like lignin, Behn Meyer not only works towards its net zero target but also sets an industry standard for environmental stewardship. At the same time, the partnership aligns with Suzano´s goal of expanding its offering of renewable alternatives to fossil-based products.

"Our investments and partnerships with companies that innovate sustainable products like Suzano demonstrate how we value sustainability in our business and are driving change through our portfolio selection. Through this collaboration, we aim to promote the versatility of renewable materials like lignin in the creation of rubber-based products. It’s one step to making the industry more eco-friendly,” said Kewalin Petcharat, Behn Meyer’s Sustainability Leader and Management Board member.

Víctor González, Sales & Marketing Manager for Suzano’s Bioproducts business said, “Suzano’s mission is to accelerate the move to a regenerative global bioeconomy, through the development of innovative applications of eucalyptus biomass to supply industry at scale.

“Like Suzano, Behn Meyer is a company with a rich heritage and long history of innovation, making them a natural partner for us. We look forward to working together to create innovative biobased solutions to make the rubber market more ‘green’ and more sustainable.”

As part of the launch of this partnership, teams from Behn Meyer and Suzano will be attending and exhibiting together at Booth No. 9 323 at DKT 2024, the German Rubber Conference, in Nürnberg from 1-4 July 2024.

About Suzano S.A.

Suzano is the world’s largest producer of market pulp. Our responsibly grown raw materials are used in products reaching over two billion people in more than 100 countries, including tissue and toilet paper, books, printing and writing paper, diapers and period products, packaging, textiles, and a range of innovative applications that can replace products made from fossil fuels.

Our pulp is made using biomass produced from farmed eucalyptus trees, offering a biodegradable, renewable and recyclable raw material for consumer and industrial use. We plant 1.2 million trees a day on our farms and only harvest what we plant. We manage around 26,000 km2 of land and around 40% of this is protected for permanent conservation, with a zero-deforestation policy across all of our operations.

Suzano’s history goes back over 100 years. We are listed on the B3 stock exchange in Brazil (SUZB3) and the NYSE (SUZ) in the United States.

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About Behn Meyer

Established in 1840, Behn Meyer has grown to become a trusted manufacturer and distributor for the chemical and agriculture industries, shaping solutions for the future. Driven by a passion for customer service, the Group has established R&D centres and application labs across the globe in its effort to guarantee product quality and an innovative pipeline. Leveraging the latest technology, we provide raw ingredients and technical services in these four main markets:

AgriCare - Fertilizer, Crop Protection, Agricultural Additives & Specialties

Ingredients – Food Ingredients, Animal Nutrition, Aquaculture, Personal & Home Care, and Pharma

Performance Chemicals – Coatings & Construction, Oil & Gas, Process Industries, Leather & Textiles, and Water Treatment

 Polymers - Specialties for Rubber, Plastics and Tyres & Friction

Behn Meyer's sustainability commitment has also been recognised by EcoVadis, as it was granted the EcoVadis Platinum rating in 2023, placing the company in the top 1 percent from tens of thousands of companies assessed by the body.

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