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Ahlstrom to Install New Nonwovens Line in Scotland

Dec. 12, 2006 - Ahlstrom today said it will invest approximately EUR 27 million in a new food nonwovens production line at its plant in Chirnside, Scotland.

The new line will use spunmelt technology and primarily serve the growing infusion products market with next generation spunmelt products.

The infusion products market in general is anticipated to grow at 5% annually, Ahlstrom said.

"There is a clear market demand for new spunmelt materials. Our leading customers have indicated growing interest in new solutions, and moreover, environmentally friendly products. The new spunmelt technology is environmentally sound as it manufactures products with recyclable and biodegradable materials. Based on our extensive experience in the infusion market and specialty fiber capabilities, we are in a good position to introduce the new technology to our customers," said Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, Nonwovens.

The company currently operates a nonwovens plant in Chirnside with three production lines and is an established player in the infusion market. The new investment consists of a building and machinery, and the line is estimated to be operational in late 2008.

SOURCE: Ahlstrom Corp.




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