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AkzoNobel’s Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, Eka Chemicals, has decided to close operations at their paper chemicals Joutseno plant by the end of Q1 2012.
Despite the best efforts of employees, current market and economic conditions has rendered the production of sizing agents at the site financially unsustainable in the longer term.
The Nordic market will continue to be supplied with similar products from other Eka locations in the region.
The Joutseno plant employs four people and is located in the southeastern part of Finland, approximately 250 kilometers from Helsingfors.
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Pulp and Paper Europe, Eka Chemicals
Phone: +46 709 577404
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Eka Chemicals, with 2,550 employees in 28 countries 2010, is a business unit within AkzoNobel. Turnover 2010 amounted to 1044 mEUR. Eka Chemicals is a leading supplier of bleaching chemicals, paper chemicals and systems to the pulp and paper industry throughout the world, and supplies certain special chemicals to the pharmaceuticals industry, water treatment, the electronics industry etc.
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