Market and Kemira overview

Market overview

Kemira provides expertise and tailored combinations of chemicals for water intensive industries. Kemira’s relevant market (EUR ~22 billion in 2019) estimated to grow to EUR 27 billion in 2025 (CAGR 3-4%).

EUR billion

Pulp & Paper

Kemira’s Pulp & Paper segment has unique expertise in applying chemicals and supporting pulp & paper producers to innovate and constantly improve their operational efficiency.

Pulp & Paper market is expected to grow at 1-2% CAGR*

Relevant target market around EUR 9 billion.

Markets impacted by COVID-19 in the short term, long-term drivers remain solid

*CAGR, compound annual growth rate
Source: Management estimation based on various sources

Demand drivers:

  • Hardwood and softwood pulp demand increasing driven by growth of packaging needs (e-commerce, non-plastic solutions), growing tissue demand and lack of recycled fiber
  • Demand increase continues for packaging, driven by online shopping, last-mile delivery, product safety and non-plastic solutions
  • Growth in tissue demand driven by increasing wealth in emerging countries
  • Ongoing digitalization of media drives decline of graphic paper demand

Water link:

  • Efficient utilization of water at the core of pulp and paper manufacturing.
  • Energy consumption, product quality, process runnability
    and customers’ profitability depend on water efficiency.

Main competitors:

  • e.g. Solenis, Nouryon, Ecolab, SNF, Chemtrade, Solvay

Industry & Water

Industry & Water supports municipalities and water intensive industries in the efficient and sustainable utilization of resources. In water treatment, we help in optimizing every stage of the water cycle. In oil and gas applications, our chemistries enable improved yield from existing reserves and reduced water and energy use.

Industry & Water market expected to grow at 5-6% CAGR*

Relevant target market around EUR 13 billion.

COVID-19 impact clear on shale, but remaining I&W business areas continue to be resilient short and long-term

*CAGR, compound annual growth rate
Source: Management estimation based on various sources

Demand drivers:

  • Higher demand for water driven by industrial growth and population growth
  • More stringent discharge limits for waste water
  • Better dewatering of sludge
  • Phosphorus recovery
  • Water reuse

Water link:

  • Focus on environmental regulations (waste water and reuse).
  • Increased total process efficiency requirements for water intensive processes.
  • Applications reducing costs, minimizing water consumption and increasing yield.

Main competitors:

  • Polymers: e.g. SNF, Solvay, Ecolab, Solenis
  • Coagulants: mainly small local companies e.g.; Feralco, USalco, Chemtrade

Kemira overview

Kemira is truly global – sales to more than 100 countries


Innovating together with our customers’ to improve water, energy and raw material efficiency. Research and Development expenses totaled EUR 28.9 million in 2020.

Achievements in 2020:

  •     New product launches: 7
  •     New priority patent filings: 37

Revenue split

by product line

by countries