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Kemira to Invest EUR 50-60 Million to Expand Sodium Chlorate Production in Finland

Kemira Joutseno facility The new sodium chlorate production line and cell-room at Kemira's Joutseno site in Finland will significantly increase the plant's sodium chlorate capacity.

March 29, 2016 - Kemira announced that it will invest approximately EUR 50-60 million to build a new sodium chlorate production line and cell-room at its Joutseno site in Finland.

The new production line and cell-room, based on Kemira's in-house technology, will significantly increase the Joutseno's facility current sodium chlorate capacity, Kemira said.

Sodium chlorate is the raw material for chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at the pulp mills and it is the primary bleaching agent for kraft pulp.

"The consumption of bleaching chemicals is increasing due to the recent pulp mill expansions and the announced greenfield projects in the Nordics,” said Kim Poulsen, President of Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment.

“We want to invest in our sodium chlorate capacity to ensure our ability to effectively serve our customers. This investment supports our strategy to grow faster than the market and to strengthen Kemira's position as the leading chemical supplier for the pulp and paper industry," Poulsen added.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2016, after certain regulatory requirements have been met. During the construction phase, the indirect employment impact is about 200 persons.

The new chlorate production unit is scheduled to be in operation during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Kemira's Joutseno site currently employs 67 people and produces a wide range of chemicals for pulp and paper industry.

Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. To learn more about Kemira, please visit

SOURCE: Kemira