30 March 1998 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]MSC Metsa Specialty Chemicals is planning to increase the capacity of its main European plant for carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) by 15 percent because of higher than expected demand.
The company, which is the world's leading producer of CMC, is raising annual capacity at its unit at Aanekoski from 50,000 tons to 65,000 tons at a cost of almost FM200 million ($35 million), with the new line scheduled to come on in August of next year. MSC has total annual capacity of around 90,000 tons, including its other units at Skoghall, Sweden, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
"Demand is increasing by around 5 percent annually, which is faster than we were predicting two years ago," says Juhani Sammasmaa, MSC's managing director.
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