Glatfelter Expands Proprietary Festooning Capacity
GATINEAU, Canada – June 8, 2011 – Glatfelter (NYSE:GLT), a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, is expanding its proprietary festooning capacity, providing a sustainable competitive advantage to its customers. This expansion is in response to rapidly growing demand in the Americas.
Jonathan Bourget, Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit said, “Our festooning technology provides our customers with unique benefits to improve operational efficiency and reduce conversion costs. This investment virtually doubles our North American capacity. Demand for festooned products has been increasing rapidly and adding a new line will position Glatfelter to better serve our growing global customer base.”
Glatfelter’s festooning technology:
• Lowers total logistic costs
• Improves material handling
• Increases customers' converting run-times
• Generates higher product value due to fewer material splices and low reject rates
• Creates less dust generation during the de-festooning process
• Delivers products with very high quality and consistent run ability
Especially in today’s challenging global economy, these are critical performance features for manufacturers of end-use nonwoven goods, such as those used in disposable absorbent hygiene and personal care, home care, and food packaging products.
Glatfelter operates festooning lines in its Falkenhagen, Germany and Gatineau, Quebec operations. This investment will significantly increase capacity in the Gatineau facility. The project costs are factored into the Company’s previously reported capital guidance of $60 million to $65 million for 2011. While improving service to the growing demand of its customer base, Glatfelter also expects the investment to contribute to the Gatineau community by creating new employment opportunity as this capacity becomes operational.
Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered materials, offering innovation, world-class service and over a century and a half of technical expertise. Headquartered in York, PA, the Company employs approximately 4,200 people and serves customers in over 100 countries. U.S. operations include facilities in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Ohio. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, and sales and distribution offices in China and Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.6 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT. Additional information may be found at www.glatfelter.com.
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