Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

Consumables company Xerium Technologies has targeted the tissue industry with its plans to build a press felt plant near Shanghai, China.

The company said the greenfield plant will employ the industry’s most advanced press felt manufacturing technology capable of supplying the highest quality products for the most demanding machines in the region.

Production is expected to begin by Q1 2015.

In a statement Xerium said its decision to build the plant is in response to growing sales, especially in Asia, as well as a strong customer preference for high-end press felt products, especially in tissue.

Harold Bevis, Xerium’s president and chief executive, said: “This new low-cost, high-tech plant in China is another big step forward for Xerium.

“This state-of-the-art facility will produce the most advanced press felts in the world and its quality processes are being modeled after our plant in Gloggnitz, Austria, which will create one of the best press felt facilities globally.

It will be a big advancement for our Chinese customers specifically as it will allow Xerium, for the first time ever, to provide quick in-county press felt service to the largest pulp, paper and board market in the world.”

Xerium Technologies is a global provider of industrial consumable products and services.