Our Eucalyptus Grandis and Eucalyptus Dunnii species have been developed in close cooperation with customers based on their requirements. The former fibre provides fast refinability, good tensile strength, excellent optical properties and formation, while the latter provides high bulk and internal strength.
In plantation operations in Uruguay, we have prioritised our tree breeding programme and aim to develop new frost-tolerant eucalyptus clones in order to create more value and improve productivity.
UPM is seeking business development and innovation in various bioeconomy projects through collaboration. The special focus areas are new biobased products, development of by-product utilisation, resource efficiency and circular economy.
Our side stream efficiency research is looking for solutions to better utilise the side streams of our pulp and paper production; sludge, ash, various rejects and waste heat. The aim is to reduce costs and increase the value of side streams by finding new business opportunities in industrial symbioses.
In the UPM Kaukas mill, studies have been done to produce biogas from sludge in co-operation with the Lappeenranta city experts and other external partners. Fertilizer development and nutrient recirculation is also part of our circular economy solutions. Other studies relate to new end uses for ash in construction applications.