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Cargill and Topchim take sustainable innovations to the biggest Pulp and Paper Fair in the country

Date: October 09, 2009

Contact: Fabiana Batista, 55115099-3446, fabiana_batista@cargill.com

SÃO PAULO - Cargill, one of the world's biggest companies in the food industry, and Topchim, a Belgian company of specialty chemistry research, announce their strategic partnership to produce a sustainable line of products in Brazil to be used for paper and board applications. The first product is called TopScreen DS13, a product made mainly from vegetal sources, which when applied on a paper surface results in a resistant water proof barrier. The product is an alternative for polyethylene, paraffin and acrylic resin, products derived from mineral oil and that are currently used for similar applications.

The TopScreen DS13 was developed by Topchim using Nanotechnology (research and production of materials on the nano scale level) and it has been produced for the first time in August this year by Cargill in its Mairinque's plant.

The novelty will officially be presented on the 2009 edition of ABTCP, which will take place from October 26th to 29th, at ExpoTransamérica, in São Paulo. "We are presenting a solution to our clients in the packaging sector who seek for sustainable products. Paper or board treated with TopScreen is totally recyclable as the TopScreen is just like paper made out of a vegetal source, which is not the case with the currently used products", emphasizes Cargill's commercial director, Paulo Hoffman.

Topchim is specialized in solutions for the paper, board and packaging industry and is a pioneer in the use of Nanotechnology for the development of customer designed nano-particles. Cargill is a world leader in vegetal oils, a main component used in this technology. "Topchim is committed with its researchs to seek solutions that respect the environment and that are furthermore economically attractive", says Henk Van den Abbeele, president of Topchim and head of Research and Development.

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About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 159,000 people in 68 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com

Cargill has been in Brazil for 44 years and has its roots in the agribusiness industry. We are also a major player in the Brazilian food industry. Based in São Paulo, we have operations in 18 Brazilian states. Cargill has plants and branch offices in nearly 180 cities in the country. Currently the company employs about 26.000 people throughout our businesses in Brazil.

About Topchim

TopChim was established in June 1996. We are a research driven chemical company, specializing in paper and cardboard coating technology, based in Belgium and Brazil. Our operations are focused on Europe, North and South America. We apply the latest technologies in chemical science to develop high-performance ecological coating solutions for the paper and cardboard industry. The pioneering work in chemistry and nanotechnology is the result of active collaboration with European institutes and universities involved in our fundamental research. The research efforts of our Nanoscience department have been translated amongst other things into the production of nano-hybrid pigments on an industrial scale.

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