Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s customer demand has increased worldwide, which has helped the company to continually develop its filtration business.
In the filtration and performance business area, the company will invest about EUR 28 million to expand manufacturing capacity, as well as product capabilities. The project will start this year and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2020.
Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of Business Area Filtration and Performance, states: “This investment will enable us to create additional capacity in Turin, Italy, and will allow us to support growing demand for high-end filtration materials.
“Turin is already Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s largest plant globally and this investment will further consolidate our position as one of the leading global platforms for high-performance filtration material development and production.
“This investment also includes rebuilding and modification of our existing plants in Malmedy, Belgium, and in Ställdalen, Sweden.
“We see an opportunity to use the remaining capacity of these two plants to develop unique filtration solutions for industrial applications, without affecting our ability to serve and support our existing customers at these plants.”
The investment supports Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s strategic ambition to maintain a leading position in selected niches of the global fibre-based solutions market that offer positive growth outlook and are supported by sustainable market drivers.
The company has responded to growing customer demand by successively expanding its filtration manufacturing capabilities globally through several new and expansionary investments in the past few years. Today, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the global leaders in filtration materials for the transportation and industrial sectors.
The filtration and performance business area develops and produces filtration materials for transportation as well as industrial applications. It also produces glass fibre for flooring products and wind turbine blades and makes nonwoven materials for automotive, construction, textile and hygiene applications and wallcover materials.