Operative Organization

Kemira Oyj has organized its business into four customer based segments. The Paper segment focuses on serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, the Municipal & Industrial segment concentrates on serving customers in municipal and industrial water treatment, the Oil & Mining segment focuses on serving customers in the oil, gas and mining industries, and ChemSolutions segment serves customers e.g. in feed and chemical industries.

The segments have a strategic leadership role as they formulate their respective business strategies and guide the strategy implementation within the segment. They are also responsible for new business and competence development.

Operational business responsibilities within a segment are assumed by Regional Business Units (RBUs) having full P&L responsibility. The RBUs are the key business decision making organs in the Company. As most business decisions are taken on a regional level closer to customers, Kemira is able to respond rapidly to changes in market environment.


The RBUs are guided by policies and guidelines defined by global functions. Global functions are responsible for developing policies, processes, guidelines and tools related to their respective functional areas (Supply Chain Management, R&D, Finance and Administration, IT, Human Resources, Communications and Public Affairs, Legal and EHSQ) on a global basis. They oversee that such policies and processes are adopted and implemented throughout the Company.

Functions also have representatives in each region. Regional functions ensure that the global policies are implemented and adhered to in the regions. They are also responsible for supporting the business locally in the region.

Geographically Kemira’s operations are divided into four business regions: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North America (NAFTA), South America (SA) and Asia Pacific (APAC). The Region Heads provide operational support and co-ordination within the region and steer all regional development projects, particularly in SA and APAC. They also have regional P&L responsibility.