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Dexter plans major European expansion.

The fifth largest producer of nonwoven roll goods in the world, Dexter Nonwovens, Windsor Locks, CT, unveiled plans in February to add 30,000 sq. feet to existing manufacturing capacity at its Chirnside, Scotland plant. The expansion involves construction of a new facility on a three acre site at the Chirnside operation.

The expansion program, a multi-million pound investment, is the largest ever at Chirnside since the company started operations there in 1972. According to Dexter Nonwovens president R. Barry Gettins, "The decision to expand our operations at Chirnside reflects considerable credit on the quality and performance of the management and workforce there." The project will add up to 20 new jobs once construction is completed.

Dr. Gettins said the plant will be used for new proprietary technology, which "will allow us to continue to serve our growing medical and industrial markets in Europe." Construction on the new site is underway, with the project expected to be completed in early 1994.

The Chirnside facility currently has wet laid and electrostatic melt spinning capabilities; target applications include medical fabrics, tea bags, food casings and filter materials. About 60% of total sales goes to exports, with major markets in other European countries, North and South America and Asia.

In other activity at the Scottish facility, Dexter has contributed more than 1 million [pounds] in the past two years for the improvement and upgrading of all safety and operational procedures linked to the local environment.
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Title Annotation:Dexter Nonwovens to add 30,000 sq. ft. to Chirnside, Scotland plant
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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