Pulp and Performance Chemicals

  • Volumes for most product lines started slowly, but recovered substantially in all areas in the second half of the year
  • The Bleaching Chemicals business saw somewhat lower volumes in North America, but this was offset by growing volumes in South America, while Europe was slightly higher than 2012 and Asia was stable
  • Colloidal Silica continued its growth in high added value and differentiated segments, while Expancel, our expandable microspheres business, grew its revenue according to plan versus 2012. Paper Chemicals saw some volume pressure, but was able to increase its margins
  • The Jupiá Chemical Island in Três Lagoas, Brazil, was inaugurated and a new Expancel plant in Sundsvall, Sweden, also started production
  • A number of smaller, non-core businesses were divested during 2013
  • Powered by electricity generated from renewable biomass, our Chemical Islands in Brazil continue to provide customers with an innovative and sustainable solution to meet their operational needs

Some of our customers

  • APP
  • BillerudKorsnäs
  • Domtar
  • Fibria
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Stora Enso
  • SCA
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • Suzano

Top raw materials

  • Energy
  • Salt
  • Rosin
  • Sodium silicate

Key cost drivers

  • Energy prices and logistic costs

Revenue in € millions

Specialty Chemicals Pulp and Performance – Revenue in € millions (bar chart)

Geo-mix revenue by destination in %

Specialty Chemicals Pulp and Performance – Geo-mix revenue by destination in % (pie chart)

Key brands

Specialty Chemicals Pulp and Performance – Key brands (logos)