Chemicals giant Kemira will make a multimillion investment to expand its process and functional chemistry production lines at its San Giorgio site in Italy.
Production will start at the beginning of the 2015 and reach full production capacity by the end of March 2015.
The investment includes two separate production lines for anionic and cationic products which will produce FennoBond strength chemistries for tissue and also board customers.
FennoBond technologies enhance tissue paper dry and wet tensile and are most typically used for home towel, napkin and handkerchief consumer products.
The key Kemira products include FennoBond 3300E, FennoBond 46 and FennoBond 85E.
Kemira’s Roberto Zulian, manager, business development, EMEA, said: “The San Giorgio investment secures us a sustainable and cost effective manufacturing capability and we can effectively fulfil our customer needs and requirements in terms of strength aids and tissue specialties.
“The strategic location of the plant ensures our ability to efficiently serve all the major European tissue and board customers, especially in Italy, Germany, Eastern European countries, Turkey and the Middle East.”