Research and development
The Research and Development expenses totaled EUR 32.1 million (36.7) in 2013, representing 1.4% (1.6%) of Kemira Group’s revenue.
Kemira’s research and development is a critical enabler for organic growth and further differentiation. New product launches contribute both to the efficiency and sustainability of Kemira’s customers’ processes as well as to the improved profitability. Both Kemira’s future market position and profitability depend on its ability to understand and meet current as well as future customer needs and market trends, and on its ability to innovate new differentiated products and applications.
Kemira Group’s target is to increase the revenue from new products and products for new applications. The share of innovation revenue (revenue from new products or from products to new applications launched within the past five years) in Kemira’s revenue increased to approximately 7% (5%) in 2013.
During the year, Kemira completed the expansion of its Fennobind binder production capacity in continental Europe. With the increased capacity, Kemira is preparing the launch of its second-generation Fennobind products. Fennobind’s patented technology allows lower manufacturing costs for paper and board producers.
Other recently launched products in the Paper segment that contributed to Kemira’s innovation sales include FennoBond product family. FennoBond gives board makers the cost advantages of either going to a lower grammage, while retaining strength, or using a higher percentage of lower-quality recycled fiber. For graphical papermakers FennoBond offers the opportunity to increase filler loading while maintaining runnability and printability. FennoBond is also used in tissue and towel manufacturing to achieve an optimal wet/dry balance. The extra strength from FennoBond can also be utilized to reduce refining, resulting in improved softness and less dust.
Oil & Mining segment focused on stimulation and squeeze applications in the Oil and Gas sector, including friction reducers and microbial control enhancements. Kemira also launched its first tagged scale inhibitor products that enable on-site measurement of residual scale inhibitor levels at oil and gas wells. The new technology is targeting offshore wells where an accurate, timely control of inhibitor concentrations is vital in maintaining efficient operation. In mining, Kemira’s ability to tailor make binders that minimize the need for bentonite is well received by the industry.
Many other innovation projects are reaching the commercialization phases, and we are focusing on finalization and commercialization of such products.