Kemira Oyj : Kemira strengthens global polymer product line, positioning for future growth

 Kemira Oyj : Kemira strengthens global polymer product line, positioning for
                                future growth

Kemira Oyj
Press Release
January 22, 2013 at 14 pm (CET+1)

Kemira Oyj announced today that it has reached two milestones in the execution
of its long-term growth path. Kemira signed a licensing agreement with
geographical exclusivity with Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. for acrylamide
manufacturing technology, and has completed a substantial capacity expansion
for three sites in North America, increasing its manufacturing capacity by
60%. This will strengthen Kemira's polymer product line globally. Polymers are
core to Kemira's water technology platform and also play a significant role in
growing applications like water reuse, wastewater treatment, rheology control
and shale fracturing.

The exclusive licensing agreement for acrylamide manufacturing technology
signed with Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. enables Kemira to produce high-quality
acrylamide monomer. Acrylamide is the key building block for polymers used in
applications in the paper, oil, gas, and mining industries and in municipal
water treatment. The proprietary acrylamide bio-process uses bio-catalysts,
which reduce energy requirements in the manufacturing process when compared to
using traditional copper catalysts.

In addition, Kemira has completed a two-year, multi-million euro capacity
expansion project at its polymer production plants in North America, effective
this month. This has resulted in a 60% increase in manufacturing capacity at
the company's Mobile, Alabama; Columbus, Georgia; and Longview, Washington
production sites.

"We view this proactive approach as an investment for our customers and in the
industries Kemira serves," says Randy Owens, President, Kemira Oil & Mining.
"We are excited about these steps that will support the growth of our
business. With the new manufacturing technology we are able to reduce the
environmental impact of our operations, while also meeting the challenging
needs of our customers to improve efficiency, productivity and water

For more information, please contact

Kemira Oyj
Randy Owens, President, Oil & Mining
Phone + 1 800 347 1542

Leena Lie, Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
Phone +358 10 862 1153

Kemira is a global over two-billion euro water chemistry company that is
focused on serving customers in water-intensive industries. The company offers
water quality and quantity management that improves customers' energy, water,
and raw material efficiency. Kemira's vision is to be a leading water
chemistry company.

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