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Filtrona Fibertec Ningbo, China Plant Celebrates Expansion
Date:10/2/2007

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 (http://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.


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