Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

Kemira has announced a price increase for its paper wet strength products in EMEA.

The increase will be up to 15%, depending on the specific formulations and can differ in selected geographies and will come into effect immediately or as customer contracts allow.

Kemira said the adjustment is necessary “due to significant increase in key raw material costs”.

The chemicals supplier has also announced increases of key sizing chemicals for the paper and board industry globally.

It will increase the price by 10-25% across its main sizing product lines and FennoSize-products.

The company said: “The price adjustments of the AKD-wax and -emulsions result from a challenging raw material situation and increased costs within the AKD-wax supply chain.

“The price increases of the ASA-sizes are driven mainly by increased raw material costs and tight olefin supply globally. Olefins are the main raw material of the ASA-products.”

The price increases of the sizing agents will become effective on 1 January 2018 or as contracts allow. They will be implemented globally.