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BASF SE said that it will increase prices for wet-end paper chemicals in Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) by 4 to 12 percent. The company clarified that the price increase is driven by continued increases in cost of raw materials, transportation, and energy. The increase is effective on 1 February 2018, BASF informed. The company's paper chemicals portfolio includes dry strength agents, fixing agents, retention and drainage aids, deaerators, flocculants and coagulants for water management. It also offers basic dyes, direct dyes, sizing agents, pigment preparations, wet strength agents and colour developers for thermal paper. The water chemicals portfolio of the company includes products used in the key processes of industrial and municipal water treatment. It is one of the leading suppliers of chemicals to purify the raw water used for the production of drinking water, to treat wastewater streams and industrial process water, to protect cooling towers, boilers and desalination plants.