Kemira and Jain Chem collaborate to develop sustainable barrier coatings for recyclable paper and board products in the Americas, aiming to replace common PE and harmful substances in food packaging

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August 22, 2023 (press release) –

Kemira Oyj, Trade Media Release, August 22, 2023 at 8.00 am (EDT) / 3.00pm (EEST)

Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries, and Jain Chem, a leader in manufacturing customized chemical solutions, announce their ongoing partnership to develop and market aqueous barrier coatings for recyclable paper and board products in the Americas region.

The partnership focuses on barrier solutions that create moisture, oil, and grease resistance primarily for food service packaging. These solutions help replace commonly used polyethylene (PE) and harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in paper and board end-use applications, such as cup stock, wrapping paper, and folding carton packages that are microwavable, oven-safe, and suitable for frozen food. Jain Chem barrier technology is based on recycled raw materials and enables recyclable and repulpable end-products.

By partnering, the companies leverage Kemira’s substantial expertise in the pulp and paper industry and Jain Chem’s broad portfolio of chemical-based solutions to develop next generation barrier coatings for evolving customer needs.

The market for aqueous barrier coatings is expected to grow quickly in the Americas, as brand owners and consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging applications. Working together with Jain Chem, Kemira expands its barrier offering in the region and builds capabilities to meet the need to improve the recycling properties of existing paper and board packaging and to develop new fiber-based products as alternatives to single-use plastics.

“By further developing this partnership, we can supply our existing customers, the paper and board manufacturers, as well as the converters in the packaging value chain with a variety of innovative barrier solutions. Together we can provide the technical resources and product technology that allow our customers to develop and launch new products for their customers, while supporting their sustainability targets,” says Jim Rettinger, SVP, Commercial for Kemira Pulp & Paper Americas (interim).

“Jain Chem is pleased to partner with Kemira to achieve our mutually held objectives to improve value for our customers and their customers, while making a dramatic, positive impact on the circularity and sustainability of packaging. By combining the use of our respective technical and commercial capabilities, these improvements can be driven at an accelerated rate to all the stakeholders in the packaging value chain”, says Manoj Jain, CEO, Jain Chem, Ltd.


For more information, please contact:

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.
Jim Rettinger
Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp&Paper, Americas (interim)
Tel. +513-252-5635

Pascal Morin
Sr. Manager, Applications & Marketing, Surface Additives, Americas
Tel: +819-692-7589

Jain Chem, Ltd.
Gil Sherman, Global Sales Manager, Jain Chem, Ltd.
Tel: +1 864 323 6993

For media relations:
Kemira Oyj
Terhi Kivinen, Chief Communications Officer
Tel: +358408484001

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries. We provide the best-suited products and services to improve our customers’ product quality, process, and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment, and energy sectors. In 2022, Kemira had annual revenue of around 3.6 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

Founded in 1977, Jain Chem, Ltd. is a minority-owned company that specializes in designing customized and unique chemical-based solutions for customers across a number of downstream businesses, including paper, packaging and textiles, worldwide. Jain Chem’s product innovation strategy is focused on environmentally friendly, green, and sustainable products.


Current status of managers’ shareholdings in Kemira shares:

Board of Directors

Manager Position Security Ownership
Kähkönen Matti Chair of the Board Share 18,511
Paasikivi Annika Vice Chair of the Board Share 4,421
Sejersgård Fanø Tina Member of the Board Share 3,010
Fuhrmann Werner Member of the Board Share 5,890
Lappalainen Timo Member of the Board Share 16,929
Lopes Larsen Fernanda Member of the Board Share 1,330
Pullola Kristian Member of the Board Share 4,281
Staffas Mikael Member of the Board Share 1,330

Management Board

Manager Position Security Ownership
Castrén Petri Interim President & CEO Share 56,140
Hildebrandt Linus Member of the Management Board Share 0
Pixton Matthew Member of the Management Board Share 33,032
Pohjolainen-Hiltunen Tuija Member of the Management Board Share 24,179
Puputti Esa-Matti Member of the Management Board Share 44,831
Salminen Antti Member of the Management Board Share 71,666
Salonen Eeva Member of the Management Board Share 71,420
Hakkila Jukka Other person discharging managerial responsibilities Share 102,687

Transaction history in the last 12 months

Date Manager Ownership Security Transaction Change +/-
19/05/2023 Lopes Larsen Fernanda Own Share Remuneration +1,330
09/05/2023 Sejersgård Fanø Tina Own Share Remuneration +1,330
09/05/2023 Fuhrmann Werner Own Share Remuneration +1,330
09/05/2023 Kähkönen Matti Own Share Remuneration +3,019
09/05/2023 Lappalainen Timo Own Share Remuneration +1,714
09/05/2023 Paasikivi Annika Own Share Remuneration +1,714
09/05/2023 Pullola Kristian Own Share Remuneration +1,330
09/05/2023 Staffas Mikael Own Share Remuneration +1,330
02/03/2023 Castrén Petri Own Share Remuneration +9,900
02/03/2023 Hakkila Jukka Own Share Remuneration +7,700
02/03/2023 Pixton Matthew Own Share Remuneration +7,700
02/03/2023 Puputti Esa-Matti Own Share Remuneration +7,700
02/03/2023 Salminen Antti Own Share Remuneration +13,750
02/03/2023 Salonen Eeva Own Share Remuneration +7,700

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