Investment is a major boost for Chirnside plant

Chirnside-based Ahlstrom-Munksjö is making a €28million investment to strengthen its position in the tea and coffee filter market.

Friday, 27th July 2018, 14:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 15:32 pm
Ahlstrom-Munksjo's Chirnside plant.

It is modernising its production platform in the beverage and casing business by purchasing a secondhand Voith paper-making line, to be dismantled and transferred to the Chirnside manufacturing site.

The asset, near state-of-the-art, will be installed on the site where Ahlstrom-Munksjö already has extensive competence and product knowledge in the manufacturing of tea and coffee filter paper and fibrous meat casing materials.

“The investment shows our long-term commitment and our ambition to maintain a leading position in coffee, tea and casing papers,” said Omar Hoek, executive vice president of business area specialties.

“I’m also encouraged that sustainability and plastic-free solutions are in strong demand because it gives us a strategic opportunity to leverage our competence and innovation capability, differentiate our offering of advanced custom-made fibre-based materials and strengthen our relationship with our customers,” he added.

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Stuart Nixon, vice president of beverage and casing, added: “This investment will allow us to better serve our existing customers whilst facilitating our growth ambitions.

“Our UK operations, in particular the Chirnside site, has extensive capabilities in tea, coffee and casing.

“By maximising our use of the deep product knowledge and skills, we can continue to provide innovative and sustainable products to our customers world-wide.”

The machine is expected to be fully commissioned in the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2019.

The new production line will strengthen product capabilities and, combined with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s extensive offering of biodegradable and compostable solutions, enables growth in the attractive tea and coffee markets.