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Kemira has been selected as the primary chemical supplier for Cascades’ new recycled board mill in North America. Cascades, a Canadian-based leading producer of sustainable packaging solutions, is converting their Bear Island mill in Virginia, US, to a containerboard machine that will produce lightweight 100% recycled linerboard and medium grades for the North American market.  

2020 12 17 132306Kemira will supply majority of the process and functional chemicals as well as chemistry application expertise needed for the end-to-end board manufacturing process at the Bear Island mill.

The Bear Island mill grade conversion is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, and once in full operation, the mill will have an annual production capacity of about 465,000 tons. 

“Converting a paper machine to produce a new grade and meet new quality parameters is a challenging task and requires complete re-design and re-optimization of chemistry applications. We are proud that Cascades has chosen Kemira to be their partner in this major machine start-up. With our total chemistry management and application expertise, we can help the mill achieve their product quality and productivity targets as soon as possible,” states Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen, SVP, Commercial at Kemira Pulp & Paper Americas.  

After start-up, Kemira will continue to operate the chemical applications at the mill and in addition, implement digital services to support continuous improvement and maximize machine performance. 

“Our KemConnect digital services allow real-time visibility and predictive capabilities for deeper understanding of chemistry impact and process performance, which provides opportunities to increase operational efficiency, quality, and productivity,” concludes Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen. 

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.kemira.com 

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Kemira’s new quick inversion polymer technology helps address one of the key concerns of recycled paper and board producers: stickies originating from tapes, glues, and labels used in recovered and recycled packaging material. 

The increasing use of recycled fibers in paper and board production brings unique challenges for the manufacturers. A common problem are the contaminants that are present in secondary fiber furnishes and can significantly reduce production efficiency and product quality.  

The new quick inversion polymers provide superior hydrophobic particle fixation and have proven success in improving machine cleanliness and with it, machine runnability and efficiency in both recycled linerboard and tissue grades. 

2020 12 17 132306“Our customers need solutions that are cost-efficient, easy to apply, and compliant with modern regulations, e.g. suitable to be used in food contact. These products are the result of significant research into the right molecular weight and charge to find the optimal fixation performance to control the stickies,” says Michael Wallace, Senior Manager, Wet End Applications at Kemira. 

The quick inversion polymers are multipurpose products. In addition to being an excellent fixative for stickies control, they work well as retention and drainage boosters, improving dewatering performance e.g. in high-grammage paperboard grades, and also help improve the efficiency of other functional chemicals, such as sizing, in the papermaking process. 

“Improved machine cleanliness enables an increase in machine speed even on lightweight grades, helps significantly reduce product defects, and extends e.g. forming fabric and dryer felt lifetime. Improved retention and drainage performance at the wet end of the machine further improves production efficiency and productivity for our customers.” 

Kemira’s quick inversion polymers are part of the KemForm™ Retention and Drainage concept, and the products are available under the FennoPol™ tradename globally. As user-friendly pump-and-go products, they do not require complicated or costly polymer make-down equipment at the mill site. This increases the cost-effectiveness of the chemical solution. 

“Efficient use of recycled raw materials requires particular chemistry expertise. By combining the high-performing polymer products with our advanced chemical injection technologies and digital solutions for monitoring hydrophobic particles and process performance in real-time, we enable optimized processes for our customers in the challenging recycled grades production,” Michael concludes.

For more information, please contact: 

Michael Wallace
Senior Manager, Wet End Applications 
Pulp & Paper Americas 
Kemira Chemicals, Inc. 
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Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process, and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment, and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
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Kemira opens its new R&D center in Shanghai

Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries, opens its new APAC R&D center in Pujiang Town, Shanghai, China, to meet rapidly growing market demand and accelerate efforts to develop renewable, biodegradable and recycleable products in the Asian region.  

With the state-of-the-art research and development capabilities, the 2,400 square meter R&D center will offer bleaching, sizing, polymers, coagulants and biomaterial expertise as well as application solutions to China and Asia Pacific markets. It serves Kemira’s strong paper and board customer base and supports Kemira’s water treatment growth initiatives in the region. It has been built and equipped under the highest environmental standards with facilities that remain close to customers and support employee well-being in line with Kemira’s commitment to sustainability and long term strategy.

2020 12 17 132306“Kemira’s business in Asia-Pacific has grown significantly since our first R&D center was established in China in 2008,’’ says Michelle Xiao, Director of Technology, Research & Development for APAC.“ With the increasing market need for sustainable materials in China, we have expanded our polymer and biomaterial research capabilities to better serve our customers, and help them stay competitive in the fast-paced, cost-conscious and environmentally focused markets.’’

“Our continued investment in equipment and  facilities such as our new R&D center in APAC region shows our strong commitment and strategic focus for these markets,” says Matthew Pixton, Chief Technology Officer of Kemira. “This new R&D center will help us develop innovative products and focus on meeting the needs of both our local customers by providing a short turnaround time and our global customers working on longer-term projects. ”

The new center also works closely with Kemira’s Nanjing and Yanzhou sites in China and its Ulsan site in Korea to develop consistent production processes, source new raw materials and end products. It is an intergral part of Kemira’s global R&D network, in collaboration with other Kemira research centers based in Espoo (Finland), and in Atlanta (USA) to deliver innovation into global markets.

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

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Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries, announces a significant investment in the production of alkenyl succinic anhydride sizing agent (ASA) in China. ASA is one of the most effective and cost-efficient sizing agents for improving water-resistance in paper and packaging board.

kemira logo 2022This investment into an additional, third production line at the company’s state-of-the-art Nanjing site in the Jiangsu province, will expand Kemira’s ASA production capacity substantially. Earlier this year, Kemira announced the start-up of a new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea. These investments are part of Kemira’s growth strategy implementation.

“Kemira is the leading producer and supplier of ASA in the Asia Pacific region. We are committed to the industry and want to ensure security of supply and high quality products in the long term, supporting our customers’ expansion plans. The capacity ramp-up will take place during 2022-2023,” states Alexander Wahl, Director of the global sizing product line at Kemira.

“This expansion decision comes at a time when customers are concerned about the current tight supply situation coupled with rapidly growing demand. It shows our commitment to the region as well as to building future growth for the paper and board industry together with our customers. Even in the current challenging market situation, we take pride in making every possible effort to continue to supply our customers without significant delays or availability issues,” says Nichlas Kavander, Senior Vice President of the Kemira Pulp & Paper commercial organization in APAC.  

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

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Kemira, a global chemicals company, announces 10-15% price increases across pulp bleaching chemicals hydrogen peroxide and sodium chlorate in the EMEA region. The adjustments will be effective immediately or as contracts allow.

kemira logo 2022The price adjustments are necessary due to continuous cost increases in the business environment, including factors such as energy, logistics, safety measures and security of supply.

Kemira remains committed to mitigating the impact of increasing costs while ensuring the supply of high-quality products to its customers. 

For more information, please contact:

Harri Eronen
Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp & Paper EMEA
Kemira
harri.eronen (a) kemira.com

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
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2020 12 17 132306Kemira, a global chemicals company serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, announces price increases for AKD technologies in the Asia Pacific region.

The adjustment will be effective immediately or as contracts allow and as follows:

  • FennoWax AKD wax 5-15%
  • FennoSize AKD emulsion 5-15%

The decision is triggered by continuous, significant cost increase for all key raw materials, energy and logistics, as well as new export regulatory compliance requirements.

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Nichlas Kavander
Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp & Paper APAC
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Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. 
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Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries adds capacity in Asia-Pacific and announces the start-up of a new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea and the initiation of planning for increased production capacity of sizing agents in Nanjing, China. These investments are part of Kemira’s growth strategy implementation and underline Kemira’s strong commitment to the paper and board customer base and support Kemira’s water treatment growth initiatives in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.  

Kemira has opened a new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea in May 2021. The plant produces high quality dry polyacrylamide (DPAM) products primarily for retention and drainage applications which are critical in modern, fast paper and board production. The investment is a joint venture between Kemira and Yongsan Chemicals. 

2014 08 20 073553 kemira logo 2014The paper and board industry is seeing the fastest growth in the APAC region, particularly for consumer-driven packaging and board grades, and currently, most of the new production on the global market in all paper grades is being built in China and the APAC region. The new dedicated capacity strengthens Kemira’s local and global supply network of high-quality dry polymers and supports the growing Asia-Pacific markets for both Kemira’s business segments, Pulp & Paper and Industry & Water.   

“Building on our decades of experience, the state-of-the-art production technology at Ulsan ensures high, consistent product quality and performance. The manufacturing capabilities are supported by full backward integration to key raw materials, ensuring cost-effective production. The project has been executed smoothly in schedule in the challenging operating circumstances, with excellent site safety performance and in good cooperation with our partner,” states Maria Sederholm, Director, Global Product Lines, Polymers at Kemira. 

Kemira has also initiated a pre-engineering phase to construct a multimillion investment to increase the production capacity of ASA sizing agents at its Nanjing site in Jiangsu province in China. ASA (alkenyl succinic anhydride) sizing agents are used for improving water resistance in paper and board, including packaging solutions. Currently, Kemira is the leading producer and supplier of sizing agents in the APAC market and Nanjing is the world’s largest ASA production site. Kemira’s production in Nanjing has been expanding since the start in 2014. 

“The investment to a third production line in the modern and highly automated Nanjing site will further strengthen our leading position and enable us to even better supply the increasing demand for high quality sizing products. ASA is the most effective and cost-efficient sizing agent for packaging and board grades. Investment project will take approximately 2 years after pre-engineering phase is completed,” states Alexander Wahl, Director, Global Product Line, Sizing at Kemira. 

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. 

www.kemira.com

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Antti Matula 
SVP, Global Product Lines & Business Development, Pulp & Paper 
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Nichlas Kavander
SVP, Commercial, Pulp & Paper APAC 
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Kemira has appointed Terhi Kivinen as Chief Communications Officer of Kemira Oyj starting from May 1, 2021.

Terhi Kivinen joined Kemira as Director Global Communications and Stakeholder Relations in March 2020 and prior to Kemira has had a long career in communications, IR, sustainability and marketing in international and Finnish organizations. She will report to Jari Rosendal, President & CEO of Kemira Oyj in her new role.

Terhi KivinenTerhi Kivinen

For more information, please contact:

Kemira Oyj
Mikko Pohjala, Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel. +358 40 832 0709

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. In 2020, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. 
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The two companies join forces to commercialize applications of new tailored biomaterials and biobased chemicals, based on DuPont’s breakthrough biotechnology platform. Kemira’s role in the collaboration will be to co-develop and commercialize a range of new biobased and biodegradable products across Kemira’s key product lines.

Global biotechnology giant DuPont and Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries announced today an exclusive partnership for the development and commercialization of DuPont’s enzymatic biomaterial platform technology. This collaboration will allow both partners to commercialize a range of new, biobased and biodegradable products in their respective core markets in the upcoming years.

Under the terms of the partnership Kemira will gain access to DuPont’s new and unique biomaterial technology, known as the engineered polysaccharide platform. It enables production of a variety of biomaterials that can be used to enhance sustainability, biobased content and biodegradability across different product lines and applications. The platform utilizes sustainable plant-based sugars as raw materials and proprietary enzymes catalyst for the reaction. The technology readiness of the production platform is at advanced pilot scale and the technology can be scaled up to global level.

2020 12 17 132306Kemira’s role in the partnership will be to provide the application development expertise and market access required to leverage the full potential of the technology in Kemira’s core markets such as paper and board industry, water treatment as well as oil & gas industries. Kemira will be the exclusive provider of the new biomaterials to its core markets, while DuPont will continue to develop and commercialize the platform for other applications in DuPont’s own target markets.

"Our partnership with DuPont is a major milestone on our strategic journey to deliver high quality, sustainable and biobased products to our core markets. The versatility and scalability of this exciting new platform will allow us to leverage the technology across our key product lines. These new biomaterials can be used in multiple applications including municipal and industrial water treatment as well as in packaging and board applications to improve e.g. strength and barrier properties. Sustainability is one of the main drivers of Kemira’s long-term growth and our target is to reach biobased revenue of over 500 million euros by 2030.” says Antti Matula, SVP, Global Product Lines & Business Development for Kemira Pulp & Paper.

“This new technology will transform industrial products, providing sustainable material options for a range of important end use markets,” said Christian Lenges, Venture Director for Biomaterials, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “We are thrilled to be entering the development and commercialization phase with Kemira, and to provide access to a range of new biomaterials which are scalable on a global level, renewable and even higher-performing compared to traditional materials.”

Enzymatic polymerization process technology

The DuPont enzymatic polymerization process technology applies biotechnology tools to access sugar-based biopolymers (polysaccharides) at an industrial scale to enable broad material applications. The underlying new material innovation – for the first time – allows for the controlled enzymatic polymerization of sugar (sucrose) into glucose polymers (polysaccharides) under controlled, enzyme catalyzed polymerization conditions. This approach enables the specific and designed synthesis of nature-identical polysaccharides with high purity, controlled structural material properties and morphologies.

Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas and water treatment. In 2019, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion and over 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.kemira.com

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences applies expert science to advance market-driven, healthy and sustainable solutions for the food, beverage, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. We also use cutting-edge biotechnology across a range of markets to advance bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations. We are innovative solvers who help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities. For more information: www.dupontnutritionandbiosciences.com

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, health and wellness, food, and worker safety. More information can be found at www.dupont.com. Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at www.investors.dupont.com

For more information, please contact:

Kemira Oyj
Mikko Pohjala, Vice President, Investor Relations
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Antti Matula, Senior Vice President, Global Product Lines & Business Development
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Kemira has signed a long-term agreement with UPM-Kymmene Corporation extending and expanding its current bleaching chemicals supply contract in Uruguay, pending required environmental permitting. The new agreement will include capacity to support the existing pulp mill in Fray Bentos and the new, 2.1 million ton UPM pulp mill currently under construction in Paso de los Toros.

kemira logoThe total Kemira investment is expected to be approximately USD 30 million into the bleaching chemicals plants, part of the chemical island at the UPM Fray Bentos site, expanding capacity for both sodium chlorate and hydrogen peroxide production. The chemical island, which became operational in 2007, was the first of its kind at the time. It has consistently demonstrated excellent operational and environmental performance which will be maintained with the additional investment into new, state-of-the-art technology. 

Kim Poulsen, President, Pulp & Paper, “The extension of the contract and investment in this partnership in Uruguay demonstrates our long-term commitment in this very important market. A key element of our Kemira strategy is to grow in pulp and bleaching applications where we have deep rooted global expertise. We help our customers produce stronger, brighter and cleaner pulp”.

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