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Albany International To Reduce European Operations, Close Plants In Washington And Australia

Albany International Corp., an Albany, N.Y.-based advanced textiles and materials processing company, has announced two of its European affiliates will reduce manufacturing capacity and personnel, and the company will close its plants in Tumwater, Wash., and Australia.

Albany International France S.A.S. will discontinue operations at its press fabric manufacturing plant in Ribérac, France; and Württembergische Filztuchfabrik K. Geschmay GmbH will cut back its workforce at its press and dryer fabric facility in Göppingen, Germany. These actions are the result of Albany International's ongoing consolidation of European paper industry customers and its efforts to balance paper machine clothing (PMC) manufacturing capacity in Europe with reduced paper mill demand. Albany also will shutter process belt manufacturing operations in Tumwater, Wash., and consolidate that manufacturing at its Bury, England, facility, effective Aug. 31, 2009.

In other company news, Albany International Pty Ltd., an affiliate of Albany International Corp., announced plans to discontinue manufacturing at its New South Wales, Australia facility -- which produces the Fibre Cement Fabrics line, a product line of Albany Engineered Fabrics -- and transfer production to its press fabrics plant in St. Stephen, S.C. The St. Stephen facility will continue to manufacture press fabrics along with the Fibre Cement Fabrics line.

July 14, 2009