29 October 2001 14:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--Finnish chemicals group Kemira said Monday it is to acquire for an undisclosed sum the Cargas Blancas calcium sulphate pigment operations of Spanish group Yesos Ibericos, part of the Uralita group.
The Cargas Blancas production facility is located in Besalu, northeast Spain and has a capacity of 100 000 tonne/year. Its principal markets are Spain, France, Italy and Morocco.
Mikael Kvist, manager of Kemira's pulp and paper chemicals business, said the acquisition is part of the group's strategy to grow its pulp and paper activities and will complement its calcium sulphate production in Siilinjarvi, Finland.
"The calcium sulphate produced by Cargas Blancas is used as a filler, mainly in fine paper production, whereas the Siilinjarvi product is used primarily for coating paper," he explained. Kemira also produces titanium dioxide (TDI) pigments in Pori, Finland.
Kvist told CNI that Kemira was considering the construction of a third calcium sulphate pigment plant in a new geographical area, but said it was too early to give any details.
The Cargas Blancas business will be integrated into Kemira's Spanish subsidiary Kemira Iberica, with the transfer of 25 personnel.
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