SweTree Technologies starts long term collaboration with Fibria in Brazil

STT has started long term collaboration with Fibria, the largest Eucalyptus bleached pulp producer in the world. The purpose with the collaboration is to use STT’s technologies to further strengthen the breeding work for Eucalyptus that Fibria has worked with for more than 40 years, thus increasing the value of the produced wood in Fibria’s plantations. The increased value can for example be due to increased wood production, better water use efficiency or improved wood quality.

SweTree Technologies (STT) is a world leading forest biotechnology company who develops technologies for one of the big challenges for the future: in a sustainable way increase the production of renewable forest resources with a high breeding value to be able to a higher degree than today replace products based on non-renewable resources. STT collaborates with companies in Sweden as well as in many countries around the world with the purpose to build-in our technologies in their products.

“We are very proud of Fibria’s choice of STT as its partner” says Mats Johnson CEO of STT. “The STT partnership with Fibria shows the value in STT’s technology base in the global competitive environment of forest biotechnology. This adds further to our future revenue potential.”

Background SweTree Technologies

STT is built on a unique collaboration of cutting edge scientists from five universities in Sweden working with biology, biotechnology and chemistry of plants which gives STT access to unique scientific results and development resources. Added to this we have STT’s own development department with laboratories in Umeå and Uppsala with 30 employees. Our operations have developed well during 15 years and we experience a continued increased interest in our technologies. Our four technology areas include improved and more environmentally friendly uptake of nutrition in plants, production methods for using somatic embryogenesis for production of trees, elite clones of poplar and a broad biotechnology base for increased survival, growth and improved wood quality in the forest.

Background Fibria

World leader in producing eucalyptus pulp, Fibria has a capacity production of 5.3 million tons of pulp per year. With operations fully based on renewable forest plantations, Fibria works with a forest base of 980 thousand hectares of which 343 thousand hectares are kept for environmental conservation. Fibria has 18,900 employees and is present in 254 municipalities in seven Brazilian States. Fibria has since more than 40 years worked with research and development of eucalyptus trees to improve productivity, product quality and eco-efficiency in its plantations. Reflecting the importance of innovation for the company, about 0.7 % of its annual turnover is dedicated to research and innovation projects which employ about 40 research scientists. Research objectives involve areas such as plant breeding and biotechnology, soils and plant nutrition, forest protection, eco-physiology, environmental sustainability and process and product development. One of the icons of Fibria’s innovation history was the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, awarded to employees of Aracruz, currently Fibria, in 1984, for the development of eucalyptus clonal propagation in commercial scale.