Grand opening of a large-scale water treatment chemicals plant in Tarragona, Spain celebrated by Kemira

At a glance

Kemira has opened one of Europe's largest production plants for water treatment chemicals in Tarragona, Spain. The plant is also able to manufacture sizing agents for the pulp and paper industry. The facility is located at Bayer Material Science's industrial site and is capable of producing a range of coagulants used in drinking water and wastewater treatment. Kemira's strategy includes backward integration into other industries' by-products, such as hydrochloric acid derived from Bayer Material Science's production. The Tarragona plant, along with another plant in Germany, helps sustain Kemira's leadership position in the water treatment market in EMEA.

Kemira is celebrating the grand opening of one of Europe’s largest production plants for the manufacture of water treatment chemicals. The Tarragona plant located in La Canonja, Catalonia, Spain, also has a unit for the manufacture of sizing agents used in the pulp and paper industry. Festivities include opening remarks by President of the Government of Catalonia, Mr. Artur Mas i Gavarro, and President and CEO of Kemira, Mr. Jari Rosendal.

The Tarragona plant, located at Bayer Material Science’s industrial site, is able to produce the entire range of Kemira’s aluminum and iron-based coagulants that are used for drinking water and wastewater treatment: polyaluminum chloride (PAX), aluminum sulfate (ALS) and ferric chloride (PIX). It also produces some of the most widely used functional chemicals for the paper industry (AKD sizing agents).

“Kemira is always looking to ensure the cost-efficient supply of raw materials. One of our strategies is backward integration into other industries’ by-products; the Municipal & Industrial segment uses up to 70% recycled input materials. In this case we are integrated to hydrochloric acid, which is derived from Bayer Material Science’s production,” explains Antti Salminen, President of the Municipal & Industrial segment.

“Kemira has a long history in the Tarragona region due to its good location and connections to customers. The joint capacity of the Tarragona plant and the Dormagen plant in Germany, also opened recently, is instrumental in sustaining Kemira’s leadership position in the water treatment market in EMEA. The total investment in the two plants was approximately EUR 40 million. Our competitive advantage in the water treatment sector is based on high supply reliability, speed of delivery and logistics flexibility as well as comprehensive product range and application support,” says Jari Rosendal, President and CEO.