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Uusia avainhenkilöitä kehittyvän liiketoiminnan tueksi

Forchem Oyj on yksi Euroopan johtavista biojalostamoista, joka valmistaa mäntyöljyjalosteita ja antibioottisia biotisleitä kemian- ja rehuteollisuuden tarpeisiin. Tutkimus- ja kehitystyömme on palkittu Kemianteollisuuden innovaatiopalkinnolla ja lisäksi Forchem on tunnustettu yhdeksi maailman lupaavimmista cleantech-yrityksistä. Korkea laatu, hyvinvoiva henkilökunta, jatkuva tuotekehitys ja vihreät arvot ovat meille tärkeitä. Forchem Oyj on osa Respol Groupia. Etsimme osaavaan joukkoomme kehittyvän…
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In memorial 1968–2020

With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our quality manager Mr. Mikko Rintola. Mikko made a great contribution to Forchem and was a much loved friend and dear colleague. He will be greatly missed by everyone. We will always remember Mikko for his willingness to help and great sense of humour, which had…
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Forchem’s occupational safety level rose to the highest level in 2019

Forchem was granted Zero Accident Forum’s 2019 safety level certification: ​​​​​​​Level I ​​​​​​​-in the world’s forefront of safety  The Zero Accident Forum has awarded an occupational safety rating to 78 companies that have invested in continuous improvement in occupational safety. The classification is based on data provided in 2019, which consists of possible accident and safety monitoring information. This…
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Forchem trials use of liquified biogas

Forchem’s crude tall oil distillery trials liquified biogas (LBG) for energy production. First samples were received in the factory on week 11. Forchem’s business is built on principles of sustainable development and the use of renewable fuel would enable even more ecological operations. Forchem started earlier last year to use LNG, liquified natural gas, as…
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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM FORCHEM

We would like to reassure our stakeholders that, in the short to medium term, Forchem is in robust shape to withstand the impact of the virus. Our raw material is sourced principally from the Nordic forest industry which is, so far, running as normal. We are pleased that, as of today, we have no verified…
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Earth Hour – Forchem switches off the lights for environment 28.3.2020

Forchem wants to be a part of a global environmental act – Earth Hour. Held since 2007, the global grass-roots movement has solidified its place as a part of Forchem’s annual routines. The Finnish winter of 2020 was the warmest recorded in a decade. Globally, average temperatures have risen everywhere. Actions to halt climate change…
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Appointment at Forchem

Panu Keski-Nisula, 48, has been appointed Forchem’s new Supply Chain Director as of March 2020. In the past, Panu has been responsible for Kemira Oyj:s strategic sourcing functions and in addition he has gained versatile experience from bio-product industry in various purchasing, sales and marketing positions. Panu has experience also in tall oil based products…
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COVID-19 POTENTIAL IMPACT ON FORCHEM

To whom it may concern, COVID-19 POTENTIAL IMPACT ON FORCHEM As the coronavirus spreads rapidly from Wuhan, China, to more than sixty countries around the globe, there is a growing concern along many value chains, that consequences of the outbreak could result in severe business disruption. Based on an initial assessment, we would like to…
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Ilmoitus Force Majeure -esteen loppumisesta

Suomalaisen sellu-ja paperityöntekijöiden töihin paluun johdosta, Forchem vastaanottaa tätä nykyä säännöllisesti raakamäntyöljyä (CTO) Raumalle. Uskomme päivittäisen CTO volyymin kasvavan seuraavien viikkojen aikana sellutehtaiden tuotannon palatessa normaalille tasolle. Forchemin tehdas on aloittanut hiljalleen toimintansa ja lisäämme tuotantoa asteittain normaaliille tasolle heti kun CTO:n raaka-aineiden saatavuus sen sallii. Täten ilmoitamme Force Majeure -tilanteen loppuneen. Arvostamme asiakkaidemme ymmärrystä…
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Finnish Forest Industry to return to work

Forchem welcomes the news that the pulp and paper industry strike is over, and we understand that employees will return to work from their next shift (ie tonight/tomorrow). As previously announced, Forchem has been forced to temporarily shut down production and postpone some outstanding deliveries. We will now plan the startup of our plant, subject…
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Notice of a force majeure event

Unsuccessful collective agreement negotiations between Finnish labour and trade unions within the forest industry have resulted in a strike, disrupting pulp production in Finland, starting from 27 th January. Consequently, output of Forchem’s raw material (CTO) is impacted. Until now Forchem has been able to maintain normal production by carefully managing raw material and product…
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Forchem’s corporate social responsibility awarded with EcoVadis Gold medal

Forchem’s long-term investments in sustainability have been recognized by EcoVadis, world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. Sustainability is at the core of Forchem’s business ideology and strategy: We use sustainably sourced crude tall oil, which is produced as a side stream of pulping process. EcoVadis’ sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social…
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From pine trees to supporting animals’ intestinal health – Progres ® is a top resin acid product

Nordic pine resin is known for its healing and antibacterial qualities. Now this natural power benefits the society that is fighting a growing global challenge in the feed market: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Forchem has developed a new generation animal feed material called Progres® together with our client Hankkija®. Progres® is a patented feed innovation that directly…
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A directive drives tall oil to the oven – another alternative would be refining it into a luxury good

The use of renewable tall oil in chemistry is a part of functioning circular economy. Forchem creates well-being for all by distilling pinewood in its biorefinery in Rauma. It is highly important that this process can be continued in the future. Crude tall oil (CTO), a by-product of pulping process of cellulose, is a renewable…
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Forchem Featured in Finland 100 Years of Success -project

Finland 100 Years of Success -website and book will be released in November. The book presents a hundred success stories of organizations in Finland throughout the 100 years of independence. Forchem is also featured.
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Zero accidents is no utopian concept

The Finnish Zero Accident Forum has awarded occupational safety level classifications to 61 of their member workplaces that have invested in the continuous improvement of their occupational safety. Forchem along with twenty-six of these workplaces achieved zero accidents last year.
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Forchem at EC European Coatings SHOW 2017

You are warmly welcome to meet us in the ECS European Coatings SHOW 2017 4-6 April 2017 – Nuremberg, Germany The Gathering of the Coatings and Paint Industry European Coatings SHOW 2017 is held on 4-6 of April this year in Nuremberg, Germany. Trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of paints, varnishes,…
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Forchem lists to bond market in Helsinki Stock Exchange

Forchem Oyj's bond has been listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange on 30 June 2016. In July 2015, Forchem Oy issued senior secured notes with an aggregate nominal amount of EUR 70 million. The notes are represented by units in denominations of EUR 100,000. The rate of interest of the notes is 4.90 % per annum.…
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Notification of Merger

Forchem Oy (business ID: 20843857) is merging into Respol Finland Oy (business ID: 25120586), which will assume all the assets and debts as well as obligations and rights of the merging company. The registration of the implementation of the merger is completed on 30 April 2016. The purpose of the merger of the companies is…
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Forchem’s Earth Hour 19th March 2016

Forchem participates in the Earth Hour -event by turning off the lights in the distillery. Read more about the event in the www-site
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

M. Sc. (Econ.) Henrik Lindegrén has been appointed to the position of CFO and Member of Management Team of Forchem starting 1.2.2016. Henrik Lindegrén will be responsible for Forchem's finance and HR functions. He transfers to Forchem Oy from Nordic Soya Oy, where he held a similar position. Prior to his appointment at Forchem, Henrik…
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Neste Jacobs to implement production optimization to Forchem

Forchem, has selected technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs, to optimize the production of its Tall Oil Distillation Plant in Rauma, Finland. The project is based on NAPCON Performance Analysis carried out during spring 2015. The analysis showed high potential for production optimization. Production will be optimized with Neste Jacobs’ proprietary state of…
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Forchem Oy successfully raises EUR 70 Million in a Senior Secured Bond

On June 25, Forchem Oy successfully placed a EUR 70 million senior secured bond loan. The bonds, maturing in 2020, will bear a fixed interest rate of 4.90% (paid semi-annually). The proceeds from the bond issue will be used to refinance existing debt. The company aims to list the bonds on NASDAQ within one year…
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Forchem’s Earth Hour on 28th March 2015

Forchem participates in the Earth Hour -event by turning off the lights in the distillery. Read more about the event in the www-site
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Incorrect classification of crude tall oil a serious threat to the european pine chemical industry

This week the European Parliament will conduct its final vote on the ILUC Directive. A tiny detail in the Directive will, if adopted, have detrimental effects to the EU economy, environment and society. Brussels – the ILUC directive jeopardizing the European bioeconomy development Annex IX of the Directive lists and classifies some materials explicitly as…
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Gaia Biorefiner Results

Screening the Environmental Sustainability of Bio-based Value Chains and Products Gaia Biorefiner has made a research on Forchem’s products and their bio-based value chains. The research characterises Forchem’s values and continues their environmentally friendly approach in production.
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

MSc (tech) Jukka Ravaska appointed Supply Chain Manager and member of management team starting 1.8.2013 Jukka transfers to Forchem from Arizona Chemical in Oulu, Finland. He has  gained over 10 years versatile experience from chemical industry which provides products and services for pulp & paper industry; including  Eka Chemicals Oy  and Oy  Finnish Peroxides Ab.  Jukka…
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Portuguese Respol Group acquires Forchem

Funds managed by MB Funds and other Forchem Oy shareholders have sold the entire share capital of the company to the Portuguese Respol Group. Forchem’s new owner is the Portuguese family-owned business Respol Group, whose annual turnover totals approximately €200 million. The company’s industrial operations are focused on Respol Resinas, S.A., established in 1993, which…
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One the most promising cleantech companies

Forchem was named as one the most promising cleantech companies around the world, thanks to its low-carbon products made of pine. In September, The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), a network of cleantech clusters, companies and professionals, announced its Global Top 30 Semi-Finalists for its 2012 Later Stage Award. Finland has three companies in this…
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

M. Sc. (Econ.) Susanna Pajala has been appointed to the position of CFO and member of management team of Forchem starting 1.10.2012. Susanna Pajala will be responsible for Forchem’s finance, HR and IT functions. Susanna will replace Hannu Näsi. She transfers to Forchem Oy from the local media concern Marva Group, where she held a similar position.…
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€ 13 million investment in Rauma bio-refinery: Forchem to increase production capacity and upgrade product quality

Forchem Oy is to invest in a new rosin re-distillation column, and a larger hot-oil boiler at its Rauma bio-refinery. This will improve product quality and overall efficiency and increase production capacity. A new Rosin re-distillation column will: • Increase product quality; higher softening point Rosin will better meet demand in higher growth market segments…
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

Eng.(Polytechnic) Laura Kaskinen has been appointed Process Engineer of Forchem Oy starting 4.6.2012. Her duties include participation in planning of new production processes, development of production, project management assistance and supervision and development of outsourced maintenance. She will report to Development and Quality responsible Juhani Saviainen. Laura has worked at Forchem Oy since the beginning…
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Forchem to be at the forefront of low-carbon solutions

Gaia’s new carbon footprint calculations on Forchem’s products provide backbone for the company’s competitive strategy as being a forerunner in climate-friendly solutions. Gaia’s experts calculated the carbon footprint of Forchem’s products, including bio-fuel Fortop600, Tall Oil Fatty Acid, Tall Oil Rosin and Distilled Tall Oil. According to Gaia’s calculations, the products have a minimal carbon…
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Forchem announces price increase on Tall Oil Products

Forchem will increase prices of Tall Oil Fatty Acid (TOFA) and Distilled Tall Oil (DTO) by 15 % effective April 1st 2012 or as contracts allow. This follows a period of continued high demand for Forchem’s sustainable products and the ongoing rise in Crude Tall Oil costs. For further information please contact: Olli Mähönen, European…
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

Juha Orte has been appointed Development Manager, R&D at Forchem Oy, effective 1st February 2012. Juha will be responsible for Production Process Development Projects and he will respond to R&D -responsible Juhani Saviainen. Prior to accepting this position, Juha served at Raisio Oyj.
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The Odour Panel has completed its work

The resident panel study which was investigating the existence of smells and undesirable odours near the production facilities, conducted by VTT Expert Service for the Rauma mill of Metsä-Botnia and Forchem, has been completed. This resident panel study, carried out for the fifth time, was conducted during the period 1 March – 31 August 2011,…
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Appointment at Forchem Oy

Sc (Econ.) Janne Lukkarinen has been appointed sales manager for tall oil pitch products and member of management team of Forchem starting 1.3.2011. His responsibilities include also business development, energy and product market follow-up and analysis as well as risk management. He reports to CEO Risto Näsi. Previously Janne has been working for example in…
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Merger Announcement

Forchem Oy and Forchem Holding Oy will merge 31.12.2010. Merger announcement
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Remarkable climate benefits with tall oil products

A recent study by Gaia shows that nationally remarkable carbon dioxide emission reductions can be achieved with Forchem tall oil products. Gaia calculated the carbon footprint for Forchem production and logistics operations. The calculated emissions were also compared with emission reductions which can be achieved with end use of Forchem products.  The calculation included the…
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Risto Näsi appointed as Forchem’s new CEO

Tall oil producer Forchem Oy's new CEO beginning 1 January 2010 will be Risto Näsi, M.Sc. He has previously functioned at Neste Oil and Fortum in various executive roles. Risto's former position was on Neste Oil's Executive Board and he was responsible for Neste Shipping division.
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REACH exemption for tall oil fatty acids

European manufacturers of hydrocarbon resins and rosin resins, Harrpa, and the H4R consortium, have agreed that on the basis of their interpretation of the REACH regulations they should be able to claim an exemption from registration for tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) and certain salts. The exemption is claimed under section 9 of Annex V…
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Forchem announces production reductions for 2009

The economy downturn towards the end of 2008, which reduced demand on tall oil products significantly, has continued during the first months of 2009. After reviewing business outlooks for the rest of the year, the management board of Forchem Oy decided to confirm a new 2009 business plan for better adaption of operations to prevailing market…
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Pre-registration of Tall Oil Products achieved at Forchem.

First step in REACH process completed Forchem is very pleased to announce that after a significant and sustained effort it has achieved ‘pre-registration’ status under REACH for its range of tall oil products. This includes Tall Oil Fatty Acid (TOFA), Distilled Tall Oil (DTO), Tall Oil Rosin (TOR) as well as rosin soap and tall…
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Forchem maintained its position in the world’s forefront in safety

Zero Accident forum in Finland announced in May 13 2008 those companies that have in 2007 successfully contributed to the occupational health and safety. Forchem Oy maintained its position on the highest level.
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Forchem is in the world’s forefront of safety

We have worked without an accident 3,2 years and distilled 409 000 tonnes of tall oil in 1210 days and 20 hours. The last accident, which was a burn, occurred on 18th December 2003 at 17:50. This information popped on the computer screens of employers of Forchem on March 2007. This achievement was granted a…
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Forchem was sold to MB Funds

The shareholders of Forchem Oy, which include the funds managed by Bio Fund Management, Profita Management, and OKO Venture Capital, as well as Finnish Industry Investment, Hannu Näsi and Martti Fredrikson, have signed a final agreement with MB Funds, a private equity firm, on the sale of Forchem. The shareholders state that the investment has…
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Forchem strengthens its position in Europe

Forchem Oy with its Rauma, Finland based tall oil refinery, the largest dry –distillation unit in the world, was able to secure a leading position as a tall oil rosin supplier in Europe last year – despite the labour dispute in the paper and pulp industry. The company’s financial result was positive, and the annual…
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World class sterol facility to Rauma

Press release by Forchem Oy Forchem Oy, which specialises in the distillation and processing of crude tall oil, a byproduct of chemical wood pulping, will build a plant sterol facility in its Rauma production site. This would be one of the largest plant sterol processing units in the world. Forchem’s high-technology tall oil plant went…
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A large company from tall oil

Talouselämä 18/2004, Esko Rantanen Chemical Industry Forchem, which distills tall oil, made profit in its first year of operation. The product of the Rauma tall oil distillery is not visible to the average consumer, but they hardly avoid being in touch with it. Distillation products, resins and fatty acids, are found in alkyd paints, adhesives,…
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Pine fatty acid is a success product

Uusi Rauma, Janne Rantanen The financial statements of the first full year of the tall oil distillery Forchem, operating in Rauma, already show little profit. CEO Martti Fredriksson does not say how much. – The full commissioning of the new plant is a rigorous test. It often takes years. We got to the planned production…
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Forchem got profitable right in its starting year

Länsi-Suomi, Vesa Veikkola The Rauma company has already filed eight patent applications   The Finnish tall oil refiner Forchem Oy made a profitable result in its first full year of operation. The company’s turnover rose to EUR 33.6 million. Although only two years have passed since the start of the plant in Rauma, the company…
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Own innovations as an incentive

Forchem Oy certifies the entire management system in one go Operating the most modern tall oil fractionation facilities in the world, Forchem Oy is in the process of finalising its integrated management system, which meets the requirements set for both quality and environmental management systems and occupational health and safety management systems. The management system…
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A new operator on the tall oil market

Forchem Oy starts production in Rauma   Forchem Oy, the largest modern crude tall oil distillation plant in the world, has started up in Rauma. The historic moment was celebrated on Thursday, November 21, in an inauguration ceremony where the State was represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Kimmo Sasi. In addition, numerous experts,…
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Prime Minister visits Forchem plant

Martti Fredrikson On Wednesday 15th of October the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr. Paavo Lipponen, visited the Forchem plant in Rauma.  Especially he was impressed with the quality of this achievement. The Prime Minister had also an opportunity to have a chat with the personnel.
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Forchem will benchmark the tall oil industry

ForNews 1/2002, Martti Fredrikson Last year in October, there was a celebration in Rauma, Finland. The Forchem tall oil fractionation plant’s foundation stone was laid on a greenfield site, highlighting the start of a new epoque in the tall oil industry. Now, after rapid construction work that has taken only a year, October is here…
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Europe’s largest tall oil plant will be built in Finland

Dagens Industri, Mosse Wallén Newly founded Finnish company, Forchem Oy, is starting to compete with world-leading Arizona Chemical in the tall oil market. In a year, the company inaugurates Europe’s largest and most modern tall oil distillery in Rauma on the Finnish west coast. Behind Forchem Oy is the Finnish venture capital funds Biofund Management,…
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The Finnish Environmental Institute praised the study of the tall oil plant

Länsi-Suomi Rauma Forest Chemicals Oy is planning a tall oil distillery for Rauma. The environmental impact assessment of the construction work commissioned by the company has been the fault of the Southwest Finland Environment Institute, and the Environment Agency considers the assessment to be mainly successful and sufficient. In the opinion of the Agency, the…
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Rauma sees strength on CTO business in Europe by

Chemical Market Reporter, NY, Doris de Guzman Selected extracts from the article: “In the midst of a declining global crude tall oil (CTO) fractionating capacity and the ongoing major restructuring in the tall oil industry, a new player decided to make a significant investment and enter the tall oil derivatives business in Europe without the…
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Finland’s Rauma enters pine chemicals, builds plant

Chemical Market Reporter Selected extracts from the article: “Rauma Forest Chemical Oy, a new player in the European pine chemical industry, plans to build a 150,000-ton-per-year tall oil fractionation plant at Rauma, Finland. The FIM 400 million ($59.4 million) investment will be completed by the end of 2002, at which time production will begin.” “With…
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Construction of the tall oil fraction plant in Rauma to start

Press bulletin, Rauma Forest Chemical Rauma Forest Chemical Oy has made the decision to build a tall oil fractionation plant at Rauma, Finland. The overall value of the total investment is about FIM 400 million. This is a significant investment in the forest chemical industry, and the decision has been preceded by quite an extensive…
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