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Kemira adds energy surcharge on all product lines in North America

September 16, 2022  By P&PC Staff

Kemira is adding a four percent energy surcharge for all pulp and paper process and functional chemistries for all non-contract North American customers. The change is effective from October 1.

Kemira noted that the surcharge announced in April for inorganic coagulants sold through its industry and water segment remains in effect.

“We are hopeful the current energy cost landscape is a temporary situation. Although we implemented the surcharge for our industrial customers in April, we are monitoring the development and will make necessary adjustments based on significant changes to energy costs,” says Michael Cavallero, vice-president of industry and water commercial in the Americas.


As direct and indirect energy costs continue to rise, Kemira is seeing a significant impact to its facilities and the breadth of its global supply chain and logistics capabilities. The company has taken steps to mitigate the increases over the last 18 months. However, there is no sign of reversing the continuing upward trend for these costs while the inflationary environment persists. Implementing the surcharge will help Kemira offset the continued cost increases. We will review the need for the surcharge as well as the percentage on a quarterly basis.

“We are really proud of how we have managed the global supply chain disruptions over the past 18 months. We have proven to be a reliable and sustainable supplier for all of our customers. By implementing this energy surcharge to our non-contract customers, we can continue focusing on security of supply and our ability to deliver an excellent customer experience,” says Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen, senior vice-president of pulp and paper commercial, Americas.

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