Ahlstrom invests in nonwoven wallcovering sector

By Tara Hounslea  Fri Apr 5 2013, 10:56 AM

Fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom is strengthening its focus on wallcoverings with new investments in product development and production. The company is a leading producer of materials for wallcoverings, with its EasyLife product range.
Ahlstrom has developed an EasyLife nonwoven wallcovering substrate at its Osnabrück plant in Germany and will expand the range with a number of new product launches this year.
To support these new developments, the company is also carrying out an investment programme to ensure the high quality standards and efficiency needed.
“We are fully committed to serving our customers from Osnabrück as well as developing the nonwoven product offering further and completing ongoing investments on the production line at the plant,” said Laura Raitio, executive VP of Building and Energy.
Ahlstrom’s materials are manufactured in Europe and North America and are part of Ahlstrom’s Building and Energy business area. In order to further support the development of the Chinese wallcovering market, the company will start manufacturing nonwoven wallcover substrates in Binzhou, Shandong province in China. Production of the high quality wallcover substrates will start during the second half of 2013.
An investment in Malmedy, Belgium, is also being made to produce embossed substrates for digital print applications, to offer enhanced design possibilities to customers.
Ahlstrom is in the process of demerging its Label and Processing business and merging it with Munksjö AB. The transaction is under the European Commission’s review with respect to abrasive backings and pre-impregnated decor paper.
The company says this transaction has no effect on its commitment to providing leading-edge product offerings in wallcoverings and other key focus areas in high performance fibre-based materials.

Source:  ei.wtin.com

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