Kemira and VTT to Open R&D Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Oct. 6, 2010 - Chemical maker Kemira and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are opening a new joint R&D center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The R&D center will focus primarily on water chemistry and biomass utilisation applications.

The center will begin operations towards the end of 2010.

According to Kemira, the new center is a continuum for the Center of Water Efficiency Excellence, which Kemira initially established together with VTT in Finland. The center in Sao Paulo aims to implement the newest water technology research in the growing South American market. Important focus areas will be biomass, bioethanol, pulp and applications for the oil and mining industries.

The primary function of VTT's new unit in Brazil will be to form partnerships with local enterprises and research institutions in turning biomass into chemicals, energy (biofuels), and pulp-based products, Kemira said.

VTT expects expand the new unit into a team of 10 research scientists by the end of 2011 and a genuine research center of 15 - 20 employees by the end of 2012.

The Brazilian unit will operate under VTT International Ltd as part of VTT Group.

SOURCE: Kemira Oyj