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Ahlstrom To Move Business, Invest In Global Capacity

Ahlstrom Corp., Finland, has announced it will move its liquid filtration converting business from Mount Holly Springs, Pa., to an Ahlstrom facility in Bishopville, S.C. Sixty positions in Mount Holly Springs will be eliminated as a result. Paper production, research and development, customer service and administrative functions will remain in Mount Holly Springs.

The move is expected to take place in February.

The company also will invest 6 million euros at its Brignoud, France, facility. The new industrial nonwovens production line will use needlepunch technology to diversify and expand the company’s industrial nonwovens product offering.

In addition, Ahlstrom will invest 17 million euros in a building and wiping fabrics production line that will use spunlace technology at the company’s Louveira, Brazil, facility. The line is expected to be operational in early 2008.

“The new wiping fabrics line in Brazil makes Ahlstrom the first dedicated wiping fabrics producer in Brazil,” said Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, Nonwovens.

The company also will invest 27 million euros in a new food nonwovens production line that will use spunmelt technology at its Chirnside, Scotland, facility. The line is expected to be operational in late 2008.

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