KEMIRA: TIKKURILA LAUNCHES NEW UVITEC® 2D METHOD FOR PLANE OBJECTS

(Press Release) Kemira Coatings (Tikkurila), which is responsible for Kemira's paints and coatings business, has developed in cooperation with Phoseon Technology a new UV-curing coating method UVITEC® 2D for parquet boards, doors and other furniture components made of wood or wood-based materials. The new method is also suitable for plastic materials such as PVC flooring and plastic panels. With the new method, it is possible to replace traditional UV-curing devices in UV painting/coating lines. The method includes UV-curing coatings LUMINOL and UVINOL, and a Semiconductor Light Matrix (SLM) UV LED light source from Phoseon Technology. The main benefits of the new method are very long lifetime of the UV LED light source and very low energy consumption. It is also suitable for all wood materials and heat-sensitive plastic materials. The new UVITEC 2D device will be supplied by Tikkurila in cooperation with partners, and the lacquers and paints will be supplied by Tikkurila. The method will be launched on 13th of November, 2007 at the RadTech Europe Conference & Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. The first customer trials for the system are scheduled for early 2008. For further information please contact Tikkurila Coatings Oy Kari Soljamo, Vice President, R&D Tel. +358 9 8577 4423, Mobile +358 400 423 300 Mikael Knif, Key Account Manager Tel. +358 9 8577 4256, Mobile +358 400 956 776 Kemira is a chemicals group made up of four business areas: Kemira Pulp&Paper, Kemira Water, Kemira Specialty and Kemira Coatings. Kemira is a global group of leading chemical businesses with a unique competitive position and a high degree of mutual synergy. In 2006, Kemira recorded revenue of around EUR 2.5 billion and had a payroll of 9,000 employees. Kemira operates in 40 countries. www.kemira.com