Kemira sees doubling of ferric sulphate sales on EU law

09 September 2004 15:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HELSINKI (CNI)--Kemira expects to double ferric sulphate sales after a European Union (EU) directive requiring the product in cement comes into force in 2005, CNI learned on Thursday.

 

The Finnish chemicals group currently makes about 600 000-700 000 tonne/year of ferric sulphate, selling some 200 000-300 000 tonne/year to the water treatment sector and a small amount to the domestic cement industry.

 

It is currently investing to raise capacity for this product.

 

Neither the exact sales figures for ferric sulphate or investment cost of the expansion was revealed.

 

Separately, Kemira said it will complete a Euro10m ($12m) investment at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant in Pori on the west coast of Finland this autumn (Q4).

 

Executive vice president of industrial chemicals, Harri Kerminen, told CNI the investment will increase the flexibility of the 130 000 tonne/year plant, allowing for a greater output of anatase when required.

 

He added that this will open up more opportunities for Kemira to serve different customers such as those from the cosmetics sector.

 

The firm had earlier said it expects to complete the titanium dioxide expansion in December 2004.


By: Glenda Thisdell
+44 20 8652 3214



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