Kemira Oyj: Kemira and Wilmar to form a 50-50 joint venture for the
manufacture of alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) wax in China
November 1, 2013 at 12.00(CET +1)
Kemira Oyj and Wilmar International Limited have, through their subsidiaries,
signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the manufacture of AKD wax in China
in two joint ventures. The JV entities in China will be owned 50-50 and will
integrate the current facilities of Kemira in Yanzhou and the relevant Wilmar
facilities in Lianyungang. Teaming up of the two major players underlines the
long-term interest and determination of both companies to better serve all
paper customers globally. The transaction is subject to fulfillment of certain
conditions including merger clearances. Closing of the transaction is
currently expected to take place in the third quarter of 2014.
Kemira is a global, leading manufacturer of alkyl ketene dimer (AKD). AKD is a
sizing agent, which impacts paper and board hydrophobicity and / or water
resistance. Sufficient hydrophobicity is important for packaging materials and
it improves paper and board runnability in a coating process at the same time.
Water resistance also improves printability and dimension stability of the
final product during the converting process.
"Kemira is the leading producer of synthetic sizes for the paper and packaging
board industry. The JV with Wilmar is an important step in the implementation
of Kemira's paper strategy" said Petri Helsky, President of Kemira's Paper
segment. "Through the JV, we will strengthen our position in the sizing market
in Asia Pacific and, at the same time, demonstrate our strategic commitment to
the paper industry. The JV will also secure the supply of key raw materials
needed in the manufacturing process in China due to the backwards integration
into the fatty acid chlorination technology", said Joe Chan, President, APAC
Wilmar is a global leading producer of stearic acid, which is the key raw
material for AKD production. "The JV, which will be an expansion down the
oleochemicals value chain for Wilmar, will capitalize on Wilmar's advantage in
sourcing of raw materials as well as on cost efficiencies from its integrated
manufacturing operations. The JV will also enhance Wilmar's footprint in the
Asia Pacific region", said Dave Cui Xinyu, Head of Wilmar Oleochemicals,
For more information, please contact
Leena Lie, Senior Vice President, Communications and Corporate Responsibility
Tel +350 40 7457943
Tero Huovinen, Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel. +358 10 862 1980
Wilmar International Limited
Iris Chan, Corporate Communications
Tel. +65 6216 0870
Lim Li Chuen, Investor Relations
Tel. +65 6507 0592
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive
industries. We provide expertise and chemicals that improve our customers'
water, energy and raw material efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil &
gas, mining and water treatment. In 2012, Kemira had annual revenue of EUR 2.2
billion and around 4,900 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Wilmar International Limited, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Singapore,
is today Asia's leading agribusiness group. Wilmar is ranked amongst the
largest listed companies by market capitalization on the Singapore Exchange.
Wilmar's business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing,
edible oils refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats,
oleochemicals, biodiesel and fertilizers manufacturing and grains processing.
At the core of Wilmar's strategy is a resilient integrated agribusiness model
that encompasses the entire value chain of the agricultural commodity
processing business, from origination and processing to branding,
merchandising and distribution of a wide range of agricultural products. It
has over 450 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network
covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries. The Group is
backed by a multinational workforce of about 90,000 people.
Wilmar's portfolio of high quality processed agricultural products is the
preferred choice of the food manufacturing industry, as well as the industrial
and consumer food catering businesses. Its consumer-packed products occupy a
leading share in its targeted markets. Through scale, integration and the
logistical advantages of its business model, Wilmar is able to extract margins
at every step of the value chain, thereby reaping operational synergies and
cost efficiencies. Wilmar remains a firm advocate of sustainable growth and is
committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen.
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