Gothenburg, Sweden, September 10, 2007 — Akzo Nobel’s Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, trading as Eka, has agreed to supply chlorine dioxide and to operate and maintain the bleaching chemicals plant at a Swedish pulp mill operated by one of the world’s biggest pulp and paper manufacturers.
The agreement with Stora Enso will see Eka Chemicals introduce its pioneering chlorine dioxide concept at the Skutskär mill located in the middle of the country. This latest deal continues to build on the global success of the unique initiative, which involves running bleaching chemicals manufacturing inside a customer’s premises while remote monitoring the whole process from a main operations center.
“Developing solutions that benefit our customers is vital to the success of our business,” said Eka Chemicals General Manager Jan Svärd. “The chlorine dioxide concept is attracting major interest because not only does it offer our customers cost and efficiency benefits, but it also allows them to concentrate on the their core operations.”
Tommy Möller, Stora Enso’s production manager at Skutskär: “We have entered this agreement to make use of Eka Chemicals’ cutting-edge skills in this particular field and thereby increase the efficiency of our plant. The deal will also contribute to our efforts to lower our total manufacturing costs.”
chlorine dioxide plant at Skutskär will be constantly remote-monitored by Eka Chemicals staff located at the business’ operations center in Sundsvall, with the day-to-day running being handled by the site’s own personnel. Certain modifications to the production plant at the Stora Enso facility will also be required to help ensure high productivity.
Chemicals now remotely monitors more than 15 such chlorine dioxide plants around the world at customer sites located in Sweden, Brazil, France and Finland. The business is also currently building a Chemical Island for the total chemicals supply to a new pulp mill being constructed by Votorantim Celulose e Papel in Brazil.