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Kemira GrowHow

Company nameKemira GrowHow Oyj
Company typeWholly owned subsidiary
Sloganpartnership knowledge solutions / it all springs from knowledge
IndustryAgriculture, Chemicals
Key peopleHeikki Sirviö, CEO
ProductsFertilizers, Chemicals
Revenue(+)-1,166.2 million EUR (2006)
Net income(-)-7.8 million EUR (2006)
Owner(s)Yara International
Employees2,500 (2006)

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Kemira GrowHow is a fertilizer producer headquartered in downtown Helsinki, Finland. Its products are sold in over 100 countries but it has market stronghold in Northern Europe. Most of the revenue (55%) comes from Western Europe, particularly from the UK and Ireland (18%). Kemira Growhow was a division of Kemira, which was originally a fertilizer producer owned by state of Finland. Kemira's operations were started in year 1920, and Kemira Growhow was separated from the rest of Kemira in 2004. In 2004, Kemira Growhow had 2700 employees, a revenue of 1220.9 million euros, with profit 47.8 million euros.

On May 24th 2007 Yara International, a Norwegian rival, bought 30.05% of the company from the Finnish State and offered to buy the rest, valuing the company at 671.8 million euros. After the EU approval, Yara completed the acquisition and in March 2006 "Kemira GrowHow" became Yara subsidiary "Yara Suomi" and started re branding its products to Yara.

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