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Ahlstrom Celebrates Addition of New US Production Line for High-performance Nonwovens

02 July 2004

The new investment further establishes the Windsor Locks site as Ahlstrom's largest nonwoven manufacturing site and a center of excellence for the company's nonwoven business.

""This new expanded capacity recognizes the strength and growth potential of the dynamic wipes market, as well as Ahlstrom's intention to invest in technically superior products for next-generation applications,"" said Jukka Moisio, president of Ahlstrom's FiberComposites division. ""Its design and capabilities respond to the market need for high performance, value-priced wipe materials that are soft, strong, and embossed.""

Jukka Moisio presided at the dedication of the new production line on Wednesday, June 23, 2004. Many employees, customers, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony in Windsor Locks.

""The wipes market continues to call for high performance, value-priced wipe materials that are soft, strong and embossed,"" said Randal Davis, vice president for the FiberComposites division's Consumer and Medical business. ""The process in Windsor Locks is state-of-the-art, with flexibility that can leverage the use of multiple fibers and various treatments, and can incorporate a wide range of technologies to deliver functionality and value.""

This new production line comes less than two years after a $50 million nonwoven composite facility was installed in Windsor Locks, Davis said.

Another investment, completed at Windsor Locks in March 2004, is the addition of a dual textured, or abrasive, nonwoven capability. That addition will create materials that improve the cleaning of traditional nonwovens. Bringing this technology to North America has dramatically reduced the cost of producing these materials, making them more affordable to the market.