According to the company, the new Mini Mill is a state-of-the-art, wet-laid nonwovens production line designed to be flexible and more responsive to the needs of the customer, and is contrary to the large manufacturing assets that have dominated the industry for over. This technology is designed to provide customers with customized high quality products in smaller batch sizes.
In Barnhart's opening remarks, he said, "Since 2007 we have been working on transforming Lydall to better focus on our customers, our employees, and our processes to produce high quality products. With the new Mini Mill, we have a world-class asset that can produce filtration media of high quality standards, in a cost-effective manner that will secure a competitive advantage for us on a global basis."
The company says improved customer service and increased customer demand for smaller volumes of more specialized products helped guide the project. By investing in this compact, flexible line, Lydall says it can quickly respond to customers' needs and offer the technology required to partner with customers in a wide variety of filtration applications.