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Tecnopuc will host CMPC’s innovation center in Porto Alegre

Tecnopuc will host CMPC’s innovation center in Porto Alegre

Tecnopuc will host CMPC’s innovation center in Brazil

CMPC and Tecnopuc – PUCRS Scientific and Technological Park – signed a contract for the installation of the innovation center that the multinational agricultural giant will have in Brazil. One of the largest companies in the sector in the world, with headquarters in Chile, 24 thousand employees and presence in 12 countries, CMPC is already adapting the physical space where the R&D team will maintain a work office, which will integrate Tecnopuc’s AgFood Hub Celeiro , in Porto Alegre.

CMPC’s initiative is part of the company’s investments in research, innovation and bioeconomy, whose objective is to help shape a more sustainable world. Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of CMPC, described as “fundamental the use of new and disruptive technologies that not only generate value for customers and consumers, but also allow prioritizing the efficiency and sustainability of their processes to create an economy for the future” . According to CMPC’s director of R&D and Bioeconomy, Bibiana Rubini, “immersion in an innovation environment, such as Tecnopuc, is essential to discover new ideas and solutions, boosting the construction of a future that is more resilient to climate change and based on materials of renewable origin”.

For the coordinator of the Celeiro AgFood Hub and professor at the PUCRS Business School, Luís Humberto Villwock, the presence of the CMPC innovation center “represents a new level of insertion of the hub in the development of projects and new businesses for Brazilian agriculture, with emphasis on environmental sustainability and promotion of technical-scientific research in future-bearing areas, such as greenhouse gas mitigation, decarbonization, green hydrogen, among others”. The initiative is carried out in collaboration with IPR-PUCRS (Institute of Petroleum and Natural Resources of PUCRS), a research institute of global reference in these topics.

In 2023, CMPC launched a global fund of US$100 million to invest in startups, partnerships with other companies and universities. The objective is to support projects developing solutions based on natural fiber in terms of digitalization, circularity, textile fibers, sustainable packaging, wood, biomaterials and green energy. In recognition of these actions, CMPC was elected leader of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability ranking. Last year, CMPC had already been elected the most sustainable company in the world in the Pulp and Paper category by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2023, which is one of the most respected indicators in this area.

About Tecnopuc

Tecnopuc – PUCRS Scientific and Technological Park – is a global innovation ecosystem whose mission is to help transform society through knowledge applied in innovative businesses with environmental, social and economic impact, developing and connecting talents and organizations anywhere. from science and technology. Tecnopuc’s operations are based on four areas: creative industry, information and communication technology, life sciences and energy and environment. This ecosystem is home to 250 organizations and 6,500 people, connected to more than 150 innovation environments around the world. In 10 years, the goal is to develop a thousand innovative businesses in this environment. Some of the leading global organizations linked to Tecnopuc are Apple Developer Academy, HP, KPMG, Marcopolo and Junior Achievement, while national organizations and startups include Globo, Sebrae, UOL Edtech, 4all, getnet, among many others.

About CMPC

CMPC is a century-old company in the forestry sector that operates in three business segments: cellulose, personal hygiene products (tissue) and packaging. The company is a representative of the bioeconomy and its operations are based on sustainability and the circular economy. Present in Brazil since 2009, CMPC has operations in seven states. The CMPC group has more than 24 thousand employees, 48 production units distributed in nine countries in Latin America and around 23 thousand customers served around the world.