Filtrona Fibertec Ningbo, China Plant Celebrates Expansion



    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 2 /CNW/ -- Filtrona Fibertec, a division of Filtrona
plc, developer of fiber-based capillary technology and manufacturer of custom
fluid handling components, celebrated the completion of the recent expansion
of its plant in Ningbo, China with a Grand Opening celebration.
    
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    The expansion includes an increase of more than double the size of
production floor space and an expanded analytical laboratory to support the
technical service needs of the regional customer base.  The plant is located
in Ningbo (Zhejiang Province near Shanghai) and its first phase was completed
in 2005.  Construction for the expansion commenced in late 2006 and was
complete by mid 2007.
    Filtrona Fibertec designs, develops, and manufactures bonded fiber fluid
control components serving a variety of industrial and consumer markets
including writing instruments, medical diagnostics, inkjet printing systems,
and household products.
    The Grand Opening celebration was well attended by customers, high level
dignitaries from both government and business, and the company's senior
executives, including Filtrona plc Chief Executive Mark Harper and Filtrona
Fibertec President Russ Rogers.  Highlights of the celebration included
speeches by the Ningbo Economic Technical Development group and Filtrona
management, followed by the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony and fireworks
display.
    With the phase one manufacturing space already near full utilization,
this expansion provides needed room for Filtrona Fibertec's regional growth
and for two other divisions of Filtrona plc -- Filtrona Extrusions and Moss
Plastic Parts.  "The Filtrona Fibertec expansion provides the infrastructure
and support services from which a number of our businesses will launch their
new commercial growth efforts in China and the Asia region", said Mark Harper
.
    During the celebration event, the plant was also recognized for achieving
ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certifications for quality
management, environmental compliance and health & safety systems, by BSI
Management Systems, the world's leading international standards testing,
registration and certification organization.
    Filtrona Fibertec is announcing this expansion along with ongoing
upgrades and capital investment in both the Richmond, Virginia (USA) and
Reinbek, Germany facilities.  "This expansion is a key part of Filtrona
Fibertec's commitment to a 3 region growth strategy supporting our customers
globally, and we will continue to invest in the resources needed to support
this growth and our customers", said Russ Rogers.
    "We continue to be excited at the many new business development
opportunities in the global market and will continue to support the growth
objectives of our customers in the region with this new facility", said Dirk
Kemper, Filtrona Fibertec's Executive Vice President -- Global Sales.
    Based in Richmond, Virginia USA, Filtrona Fibertec
(www.filtronafibertec.com) is a leading manufacturer of customized bonded
fiber components for fluid and vapor handling used in consumer, medical and
industrial products. Filtrona Fibertec has manufacturing locations in North
America, Europe and Asia and is a division of Filtrona plc, a global specialty
plastic and fiber products supplier based in the United Kingdom with 37
manufacturing facilities and 5,600 employees.




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Shugart, +1-804-518-1014, 
JeffShugart@Filtrona.com Web Site: http://www.filtronafibertec.com/

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