Suominen Extends Its Growth Investment Program To 60 Million Euros; Specifies The Value Of Its Investment At The Bethune Plant

HELSINKI, Finland — September 1, 2015 — Suominen, a global manufacturer of nonwovens, announces it has decided to extend its growth investment program to approximately 60 million euros because of the promising growth prospects in the high value-added nonwovens. Earlier, Suominen had stated that the company will spend 30-50 million euros in growth investments during the strategic period of 2015-2017.

Additionally, Suominen specifies the total value of its investment in a new wetlaid line at the Bethune plant in South Carolina. The total value of the investment project, including both equipment and facilities, will be close to 50 million euros. Suominen has selected Andritz as the main supplier and integrator of the project.

“With the investment at Bethune plant, Suominen will take the wetlaid technology to a totally new level in its industry,” said Nina Kopola, president and CEO, Suominen Corp. “The new manufacturing line will be tailor-made, based on our unique nonwovens technology expertise, enabling us to supply our customers with exclusive, best-in-class nonwoven products for wiping, medical or hygiene applications. This is perfectly in line with our strategic intent to achieve product leadership. As the demand for nonwovens with higher value added is forecasted to grow at an attractive pace, I am pleased that we are able to intensify our growth investment program which supports our target to achieve the above-industry-average growth in our net sales”,

The new line is anticipated to be installed during the second half of 2016.

Posted September 1, 2015

Source: Suominen