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Kemira and VTT Join Forces to Open R&D Center in Brazil

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Kemira Oyj, also based in Finland, are opening a new joint R&D center in São Paulo, Brazil, to focus on water chemistry and biomass utilization applications. The new center is a continuum for the Center of Water Efficiency Excellence, which Kemira established with VTT in Finland.

The São Paulo center, which will begin operations at the end of this year, aims to implement the newest water technology research in the growing South American market. The center will focus on biomass, bioethanol, pulp, and applications for the oil and mining industries. It will also form partnerships with local enterprises and research institutions in turning biomass into chemicals, energy (biofuels), and pulp-based products.

"An on-site research facility in São Paulo enables VTT to support Finnish businesses in the growing South American market as well as develop its research collaboration in a very efficient way. This can't be done without being present in local markets in South America," said Erkki KM Leppävuori, CEO of VTT. "Establishing research facilities in Brazil supports VTT's internationalization strategy especially in the fields of industrial biotechnology and the forest sector."