Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring Ltd has made an equity investment in Innomost Ltd, a startup converting forest industry side streams into high-value bioactive products. The financing round totals approximately EUR 5 million, consisting of private investments and public financing from Business Finland and ELY Centre for Central Finland. Metsä Spring is participating in the round with Innovestor Technology Fund and other private investors. Innomost intends to produce valuable ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care industry, as well as for other industrial applications. Metsä Group has several mills, which may provide birch bark for the production. The company’s present product portfolio includes betulin, suberin, birch charcoal powder and birch bark powder. These ingredients can be used in different cosmetic product categories, including skincare, hair care, body care, decorative cosmetics and oral care. Especially betulin and suberin have also other potential industrial uses. The Finnish skincare brand Lumene has launched a couple of cleansing products with Innomost ingredients.
Suzano S.A. (“Suzano” or “Company”) (B3: SUZB3 | NYSE: SUZ) informs its shareholders and the public that, regarding the project “Partial retrofit of the pulp production plant located in Aracruz involving the replacement of parts in the recovery boiler and installation of a crystallization system”, as disclosed in the Material Fact notice dated December 19, 2019, the following is planned during its implementation phase in the fourth quarter of 2022:
• Temporary downtime of the A line production for around 45 days due to interventions in the recovery boiler;
• No adjustments to the Company’s original operating plan for 2022, which will ensure that clients’ needs are fully met without any changes to the commercial strategy.
The project’s capital investments amount to R$298 million, of which R$188 million was already invested by July 2022, with the remaining amount considered in the capex estimate for the year disclosed by the Company on July 27, 2022.
The aforementioned project is aligned with the Company’s long-term strategy and contributes to its structural competitiveness.