Our pulp suppliers
The renewable-based Brazilian company Suzano stands out in the global production of eucalyptus pulp and as a manufacturer of paper in Latin America. With 37,000 employees and outsourced workers, the company has operations based in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Pará, Tocantins, Ceará, Bahia and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as a joint venture with Stora Enzo, through which it operates Veracel. Altogether, in its 11 units, the company has a total annual pulp production capacity of 11 million tons and 1.4 million tons of paper. In a partnership with Cenibra, it operates Portocel (ES), the only Brazilian port specialized in pulp shipments. Suzano’s competitiveness can be measured by its global footprint, with sales to over 80 countries and annual exports of R$ 26 billion, as well as by the scale of its operations.
Always practicing sustainability, we invest in innovations that are born of the protagonism of our employees and from the use of renewable raw material and biotechnology. We have eight technology centers, including three outside of Brazil: one in Burbury, Canada, focused on developing lignin solutions and FuturaGene, with labs in Israel and China, both dedicated to developing new biotech solutions.
At Suzano, we use sustainable practices in everything we do, from fluff to lignin, from cellulose to tissue, from A4 cut size paper to carton paper - products developed by our teams and with our clients. A responsible and prosperous cycle that is based on our eucalyptus plantation, in which we are experts. This means that we always use the best management practices in the world - thus contributing to maintaining fertility and protecting our land against erosion and degradation. We invest in the cultivation and preservation of over 2 million hectares of land, of which 900,000 are natural forests, dedicated to environmental conservation, contributing to mitigate climate change and to foster a low-carbon economy.
Södra was founded in 1938 and is best known to the paper industry as one of Europe’s largest suppliers of pulp for the global market. Its mills are among the most modern and efficient in the world, following the recent completion of a 600-million Euro investment to increase production capacity significantly in all three of its Swedish pulp mills.
The pulp division at Södra, Södra Cell, is part of an international forest industry Group with 3,500 employees, which includes one of the largest sawmill operations in Sweden. In addition to pulp, Södra produces sawn timber and interior wood products mainly for the building trade, and exports account for some 70 percent of sales.
The Södra Group is also the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners - the forest estates of these members supply the raw material for the mills. Södra provides high-quality services for its members, from planting and forest management advice to final harvesting, and around 70% of members’ wood is now certified either to FSC, PEFC or both. In return, Södra is secure in the knowledge that its mills use wood from high-quality, well-managed forests which are there for the long term.
Nature conservation guides everything for the business. Sweden is a leader in sustainable forestry, and Södra plays a major role in this respect. For example, the three pulp mills produce paper pulp, dissolving pulp but also green energy, because thanks to Södra’s commitment to improve energy efficiency, it now produces more energy than it consumes. Södra’s mills supply five Swedish communities with green energy.
According to Södra's calculations, its owners’ estates have sequestered 6.5 million tonnes of CO₂ per year over the past five-years, and offset the CO₂ emissions of 1.3 million Swedes. Active forestry thus has major potential to reduce global warming. Other calculations show that if the world's forests had been managed like Swedish forests over the past 100 years, the improvement in the CO₂ balance would almost offset annual emissions in the atmosphere.
Innovation with a focus on sustainability is key for Södra, and its research has led to the development of biofuels and alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived products. Södra uses every part of the tree, and is continuously developing new products from this fantastic raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry and pulp production.