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Valmet and Kemira collaborate to improve wastewater treatment processes

In Finland, energy and forest industry technology major Valmet Oyj and global chemical compatriot Kemira Oyj have signed a partnership agreement in developing wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications for municipal and industrial plants in Europe. The aim is to bring significant savings and efficiency improvements to customers.

Close-up of a pipe with warning sticker that is contains Wastewater sludge from a Swedish paper mill with hydrogen sulfide (H2S) prior to treatment.

Wastewater sludge from a Swedish paper mill containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) prior to treatment.

According to a statement, the agreement widens the existing “Industrial Internet ecosystem collaboration” between the two companies. Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management.

The partnership combines Valmet’s comprehensive analyzer and measurement technology, process optimization know-how and on-site service network with Kemira’s strong chemistry and process optimization expertise in the municipal and industrial water treatment space.

We are actively expanding our portfolio of smart chemistry through the KemConnect (TM) platform for example sludge dewatering and phosphorus treatment. As part of this full-service approach, it makes perfect sense to partner up with a leading industrial automation hardware, software and equipment service provider like Valmet, said Jussi Ruotsalainen, Application Development Manager, Kemira.

Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management. Valmet has a long history in offering measurement and optimization applications for sludge dewatering processes.

Polymers and chemicals are an important part of the wastewater treatment process which is one reason why this collaboration with Kemira is a great opportunity for us. Especially in sludge dewatering, the right chemicals selection is one of the key elements to achieve the best performance, said Heli Karaila, Business manager, Wastewater, Automation, Valmet.

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