Kemira has opened a new dry polymer production plant in Ulsan, South Korea in May 2021. The plant produces high quality dry polyacrylamide (DPAM) products primarily for retention and drainage applications which are critical in modern, fast paper and board production. The investment is a joint venture between Kemira and Yongsan Chemicals.
The paper and board industry is seeing the fastest growth in the APAC region, particularly for consumer-driven packaging and board grades, and currently, most of the new production on the global market in all paper grades is being built in China and the APAC region. The new dedicated capacity strengthens Kemira's local and global supply network of high-quality dry polymers and supports the growing Asia-Pacific markets for both Kemira's business segments, Pulp & Paper and Industry & Water.
"The manufacturing capabilities are supported by full backward integration to key raw materials, ensuring cost-effective production. The project has been executed smoothly in schedule in the challenging operating circumstances, with excellent site safety performance and in good cooperation with our partner," states Maria Sederholm, Director, Global Product Lines, Polymers at Kemira.