03 December 2006
03 December 2006
Ahlstrom has expanded the production capacity of its Mikkeli plant in Finland, the EUR 5 million investment consisting of an additional building and new machinery.
The Mikkeli plant manufactures glass fibre products for composite industry, the major end users being wind energy, marine, sports equipment, and transport vehicle industries. 95% of the plant's production is exported, mainly to European countries.
Ahlstrom significantly increased the production capacity of the Mikkeli plant during 2005-2006. The expansion, together with improved production efficiency, will enable Ahlstrom to further increase production capacity by up to 50% within the next few years. In addition to new machinery, the new building includes storage capacity for raw materials and finished goods, which is expected to bring cost savings. The maintenance area, staff rooms, and conference rooms will also be renovated within the next few months.
""In recent years, we have been able to strengthen our global market share as a specialty reinforcement supplier, especially in wind energy and marine industries. Our target is to continue profitable growth at a rate that exceeds the market average. The investment in Mikkeli will support this objective"", said Tommi Björnman, Senior Vice President, Glass Nonwovens.
Research to develop a revolutionary high-performance composite metal hybrid stabiliser bar for trucks and trains has entered a new phase. The findings from the project to date show that the technology has the potential to spin out into other sectors such as aerospace and could see the UK take a global lead with this disruptive technology.
Bindatex is celebrating 10 years of partnership and delivering 50 tonnes of multiaxial fabrics to a global composites reinforcement manufacturer. The specialist slitting service enables the manufacturer to supply its customers with material in a wide variety of widths.
Gordon Murray Automotive announces details of its first vehicle – the T.50 supercar.