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Ahlstrom closes Swedish facility.

Ahlstrom FiberCompesites is streamlining its nonwovens manufacturing facility in Stalldalen, Sweden. The plan calls for the closing of a medical products converting department, the opening of a new, centrally located European distribution center in Belgium and a reduction in nonwovens output to match current market conditions. These changes are reportedly in response to several trends in the global nonwovens industry. Key markets affected by this situation include medical and wipes. The plan could involve the layoff of approximately 25 employees in the medical converting facility and 70 more people on the manufacturing side.

All of Ahlstrom's medical converting operations will be moved to Windsor Locks, CT, where medical goods are produced at an efficient conversion facility. A European distribution center, located near the division's customers, will start up during the first half of 2004.
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Title Annotation:Top Of The News; Ahlstrom FiberCompesites
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUSW
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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