Yara acquires Finnish Ecolan to expand its organic fertilizer business


Yara Suomi Oy has acquired Ecolan Oy, a Finnish producer of recycled fertilizers. This is Yara’s first acquisition in the organic fertilizer segment.

According to Mónica Andrés, executive vice president for Yara Europe, by expanding the company’s offerings into the growing organic farming segment in Europe, they can help improve nutrient use efficiency in this segment by capitalizing on their knowledge of crop nutrition.

“Our core competence lies in managing nutrients in the most sustainable and efficient way, whether this is for organic farming or conventional farming. We want to be the leading partner for all farmers, regardless of which farming system they use,” said Andrés.
Ecolan utilizes industrial side streams to produce high quality fertilizers for agriculture and forestry. Timo Räsänen, director for specialty products for the Nordic and Baltic countries at Yara, said that “with the acquisition, we will be able to offer organic fertilizers also to markets outside Finland.”
After several years of research and development, Yara brought a new organic fertilizer line with a high nitrogen content, which was produced by Ecolan, to the Finnish market in 2019.
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