Houston, TX, (March 18, 2021) – HELM U.S. Corporation (“HELM”) and Viridis Chemical,  LLC (“Viridis Chemical”) today announced an exclusive Global Marketing Partnership for  the purchase and sale of USP grade bio-based Ethanol and bio-based Ethyl Acetate to  be produced at the Viridis Chemical manufacturing plant in Columbus, Nebraska. HELM  will immediately assume the exclusive responsibility for global sales, marketing and  logistics management for both of Viridis Chemical’s products.

“We are excited to partner with HELM, one of the world’s largest and most successful  independent chemicals marketers. We see a perfect synergy allowing us to focus on our  expertise of producing sustainable and high-quality renewable chemicals, combined with  HELM’s outstanding marketing capabilities from decades of presence here in the United  States and around the world,” said Carl V Rush, Jr., CEO and Co-founder of Viridis  Chemical.

Oliver Leptien, President & CEO of HELM U.S., stated, “Viridis Chemical’s focus on a  high performing, sustainable product combined with their structured and visionary  approach to sustainable and renewable chemicals led the way towards this value creating  partnership. We are convinced that our highly customized market approach and our  unique business model will add additional value to these two bio-based products.”

Björn Steckel, EVP Derivatives at HELM U.S., said, “It is a visible step forward to further  increase our product portfolio with sustainable and renewable chemicals. The Viridis  Chemical bio-based Ethyl Acetate is a visible differentiator in numerous applications vs  traditional fossil-based Ethyl Acetate.”

Viridis Chemical’s Columbus plant is currently undergoing capital improvements that will  increase production capacity. The plant is expected to begin production of high-quality  USP grade bio-Ethanol in mid-2021 and production of bio-based Ethyl Acetate at a global  scale in Q4 2022.

About HELM

HELM is a Hamburg, Germany, based family-owned company established in 1900  generating global revenues of $5 billion per year. HELM is one of the world’s largest  chemicals marketing companies. The company secures access to the world’s key  markets through its specific regional knowledge and subsidiaries, sales offices and  participations all around the globe. As a multifunctional marketing organization HELM is  active in the chemicals industry, in the crop protection industry, in pharmaceuticals and  in the fertilizer industry.

About Viridis Chemical

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Viridis Chemical, LLC is a world-class manufacturer  of renewable chemicals. We’re committed to the safe, environmentally sound, and  economically viable conversion of bio-Ethanol into useful products previously derived  from oil or natural gas. We provide value to our customers by offering a green,  domestically sourced alternative to their existing supply chain. Viridis Chemical adds  purpose to our suppliers and to the economy of Nebraska by further increasing the range  of usefulness of local, agriculturally derived feedstock. For more information, please visit www.viridischemical.com.