Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, MA, plans to install a wetlaid microglass manufacturing line at its Suzhou, China facility to serve filtration and battery separator markets. This investment is part of H&V's Asia Pacific strategy announced in November 2004 to capitalize on market growth in the region. The machine will produce high quality filter media for HEPA, ULPA, HVAC and appliance applications as well as valve-regulated lead acid ("VRLA") battery separator substrates. H&V's materials are designed to meet demanding industry standards.
"We are pleased to implement this second phase of our Asia Pacific strategy. Customers in the region will benefit from reduced lead times as production will be local, while continuing to receive the highest quality materials," commented CEO Val Hollingsworth. Site construction in Suzhou should be completed by year-end 2006, with the previously announced machine for engine filtration markets to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2007. Engineering for the glass machine is underway and the line is expected to be operational in early 2008. Slitting, converting and warehousing operations complement the manufacturing capabilities.