13 June 2003 14:38 [Source: ICIS news]LONDON (CNI)--Finnish chemicals firm Kemira said Friday it will expand the production capacity of specialty anatase grade titanium dioxide (Ti02) products at its Pori, Finland plant. It is also investing in a new packaging system.
The expansion, which will cost about Euro8m ($9.4m), is due for completion in December 2004. It will bring the Pori plant's capacity to 130 000 tonne/year, said Olli-Pekka Antinluoma, vice president of the specialty products unit. Current capacity is understood to be about 120 000 tonne/year.
The expansion involves new production machinery and a new packaging machine system, said Kemira. New facilities, separate from the rest of production, will be built for these purposes, it added. The Pori plant currently employs about 800 people.
Harri Kerminen, executive vice president of industrial chemicals business, said the investment supports Kemira' strategy for pigments.
Its aim is to become the global leader and supplier of Ti02 products in selected product application areas, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food industries.
Antinluoma pointed out that requirements for the purity of products supplied to the food and drug industry are constantly being tightened. He said the investments at Pori would help Kemira guarantee to meet future product purity requirements.
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