Roll goods producer Lydall, Manchester, CT, is underway with several capital improvement initiatives. The company is in the second year of a multi-year capital improvement plan at both its Rochester, NH and St. Rivalain, France filtration/separation facilities. These improvements include a series of proprietary process improvements aimed toward achieving unsurpassed filtration properties in microglass products and state-of-the-art wet-forming hardware and process control upgrades to support product uniformity.
Additionally, Lydall recently installed a new advanced laminating line at its Rochester, NH operation, expanding its technical capabilities and providing sufficient capacity to cover current composites demands and future growth for several years. The laminating line is a key process in the manufacture of the LydAir SC, LyPore SC and a growing portfolio of customized composite product lines, which are utilized in high performance filtration challenges including industrial and residential HVAC, gas-turbine, cabin air, drinking water and a variety of industrial fluid applications.
The Lydall Automotive Group is also investing in additional nonwovens capacity at its Hamptonville, NC facility to support substantial growth in acoustic products. Installation is scheduled for the second half of 2007 and will accommodate new business, which comes onstream in early 2008.