The Suzano company was created in 1924 in So Paulo, for pulp and paper production. Investments in the Northeast started a few decades ago, mainly for charcoal production. However in recent years plantations in Maranho and neighboring Northeastern states of Brazil Piau and Tocantins are increasing fast. Suzano plans to build a pulp mill in Maranho, and another in Piaui to produce 3 million tons of pulp in 2016. Also it plans through an especially created company, Suzano Renewable Energy, to implement specific biomass plantations and a wood pellet industry in Chapadinha to export wood to the EU, especially to England that is rapidly building wood power facilities. It bought recently FuturaGene, a UK-based genetic modification company.