"This new investment clearly underscores JM's commitment, as a market leader, to responsibly satisfy the long-term demands of our roofing customers," said Enno Henze, European business manager Construction Materials & Systems. "Increased demand in the fast-growing Central and Eastern European markets, as well as the need to further strengthen our presence in Western Europe, requires additional capacity. This new line, with a capacity in excess of 10,000 tons per year, will be built with JM's advanced spinning and binder technology, which will enable further improvements in product properties."
According to Mr. Henze, the rapid carrier conversion from low-end bitumen-coated ragfelt to long-life polyester spunbond-based roofing systems in Central and Eastern Europe requires high performance and cost-efficient solutions.
The Bobingen plant, which is near Augsburg, was acquired by JM from Hoechst Trevira in 1999.