31-Aug-2010 - Akzo Nobel nv

Eka Chemicals divests water treatment chemical site

Eka Chemicals AB has agreed to divest its water treatment chemicals production activities located in Vetlanda, Sweden, to Feralco Nordic AB.

The polyaluminium chloride products produced at this site are used for a number of flocculation applications for water treatment, both within the pulp and paper industry and by various municipalities.

Vetlanda has been manufacturing these chemicals since 1987 and has a strong platform for growth within this sector. The employees working for Eka Chemicals AB in Vetlanda and in Bohus have all been informed about the divestment and have been offered the opportunity to continue working for the new owner.

“Feralco is an international company with primary focus on water treatment,” explained Byron Smith, Eka Chemicals’ Vice-President, Pulp and Paper Europe. “We see this divestment as a good opportunity for the Vetlanda plant and business to grow stronger as a consequence of the synergies that can be found under this new ownership.”

This divestment does not involve any of Eka Chemicals’ other water treatment activities.

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