GE and Kemira announced a formal distribution agreement, which combines GE's advanced water technology with Kemira’s on-site services for a water treatment solution for the global pulp and paper industry.

For the first time, GE’s newest and most advanced boiler and utility area cooling product technologies as well as membrane-cleaning chemistry and the entire chemistry water portfolio is now available to the pulp and paper industry. Also included are the remote monitoring and diagnostics products—including the InSight* Knowledge Management Solution and TruSense*—and Novus* polymers for wastewater treatment.

Pulp and paper manufacturers also will have access to experts at GE’s Service Reliability Center for 24-hour monitoring and support, all backed by both GE and Kemira on-site expertise.

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“Kemira has long been recognized as a technology leader, supplying process, functional and bleaching chemistry solutions to producers of pulp, packaging and board, tissue and towel and printing and writing grades globally,” Billy Ford, senior vice president, paper, Kemira, said in a press announcement. “After a successful 18-month pilot program with GE in the Americas, we have increased the scope of our alliance to offer a comprehensive water treatment solution to the global pulp and paper market.”

Kevin Cassidy, chemical and monitoring solutions general manager—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water said that pulp and paper mills use vast amounts of water to create an end product while also generating considerable wastewater. "GE is eager to bring our water solutions to the pulp and paper industry, and Kemira is well-positioned to bring our advanced technologies to their customers,” Cassidy said.