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More than 30 Years of Experience Serving Customers in the United States
From its roots beginning nearly 100 years ago in Finland, Kemira has grown rapidly to become the
largest global supplier of chemicals to pulp and paper industries, a leading supplier to industries treating water and wasterwater, and a global supplier of oil and gas applications. In the United States, Kemira’s operations began in 1985 with the acquisition of a titanium oxide plant that operated as Kemira Pigments, Inc. (divested in 2000). Kemira’s presence
in the United States has expanded to include its corporate headquarters for
the Americas region, 20 manufacturing sites, and a state-of-the-art R&D facility. The corporate headquarters and the R&D facility are both located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nearly 30% of Kemira’s revenue or approximately USD 770 million is U.S. based. The company has a leading market position in all of its three core
business segments and it employs around 1,100 people in its U.S. operations.
Expanding the company footprint through mergers and acquisitions In recent years, Kemira’s growth in the United States has been due in large part to the acquisitions of Lanxess’s paper chemicals business (2006), Cytec’s water treatment chemicals business, 3F Chimica (2013), and AkzoNobel’s paper chemicals business (2015).
Through these, and other smaller acquisitions, Kemira now holds a leading position as either the number one or
two supplier of bleaching, process, and functional chemicals to the pulp and paper industry. The company is also a clear market leader in chemical water treatment in the United States. It maintains a strong and growing position in chemicals used
in shale oil and gas, where it is the market
leader for friction reducers used in the shale oil fracking process.
Looking ahead
Kemira sees great potential as the recovery of oil from shale continues to expand in the United States. This is one of the company’s most important strategic growth areas. Other growth drivers for its business in the United States include new advanced water treatment solutions, digital applications
and data in managing water treatment systems, and dosing control and monitoring capabilities offered to municipal water treatment plants. The commercialization of innovations for packaging and board and tissue products will also drive revenue.
Jim Anderson, Manager, Building Administration, Kemira Atlanta R&D Center.
Photo: Kemira

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