– Press release

Kemira evaluates possible closing of its Pierre-Bénite site

Kemira Oyj, Press release, October 1, 2021 at 13.30 (CET)

Kemira evaluates possible closing of its Pierre-Bénite site

Kemira has started a project to evaluate a possible closing of its Pierre-Bénite site in France, close to Lyon. Pierre-Bénite was part of Kemira’s acquisition of Arkema’s water treatment business in 2007. The site produces ferric chloride and different grades of polyaluminum chloride.

Unfavorable market conditions together with an increased competition have continuously impacted the economic situation of the Pierre-Bénite site negatively. Despite the numerous improvement efforts that have been implemented in recent years the site profitability has not improved sufficiently.

As a result, Kemira has started the consultation process with the local works council today, in accordance with French labor law requirements.

Kemira remains committed to serving the water treatment market in France and will continue to supply its customers with product deliveries from its existing network.

For more information, please contact:

Kemira Oyj
Thierry Blomet, Senior Vice President, Sourcing and President Kemira Chimie S.A.S.U.
+358 50 365 5945

Terhi Kivinen, Chief Communications Officer
+358 40 848 4001

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas.