Valmet inaugurated the extension of its filter fabric production and R&D center in Ovar, Portugal

Valmet Corporation's trade press release on April 30, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EET

Valmet has inaugurated the extension of its location in Ovar, Portugal, which has become the company's center of filter fabric production and R&D. The unit manufactures filter fabrics for solid and liquid filtration and dust filtration, as well as felts and accessories for the laundry industry.

"In addition to the production, we are concentrating our filtration-related R&D to Ovar in order to have the best knowledge and R&D equipment under one roof. This now finalized investment ensures our future competitiveness in the filtration business," says Jani P. Hämäläinen, Director of the Filtration technology unit at Valmet.

Inauguration ceremony at the Valmet Ovar site. From the left: Salvador Malheiro, Mayor of Ovar, Luciano Amaral, Head of Operations and General Manager, Ovar unit, Valmet, Pedro Mota Soares, Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security and Jukka Tiitinen, Business Line President, Services, Valmet

In addition to Portugal, Valmet manufactures filter fabrics in Brazil, China, Poland, the USA, and, to some extent, in Finland.

Good growth opportunities in filter fabrics

The market for filter fabrics is versatile, as the filter fabrics are used in many different industries. Valmet is concentrating on filter fabrics for the pulp, paper, power, mining, and chemical industries, as well as the alumina, cement, and food industries. Tightening emissions standards and legislation worldwide are driving the growth in the filtration market.

"The filter fabric business is a good example of Valmet's wide services offering. We are moving our customers' performance forward by offering reliable energy and cost-effective solutions backed up with proven expertise in the field of filtration," says Jukka Tiitinen, Business Line President, Services, Valmet.

Filter fabric

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For further information, please contact:
Luciano Amaral, Head of Operations and General Manager, Ovar, Fabrics business unit, Services, Valmet, tel. +351 256 579 500

Jani P. Hämäläinen, Director, Filtration technology unit, Services, Valmet, tel. +358 40 847 7587

Valmet Corporation is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. The strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. Valmet's advanced automation solutions range from single measurements to mill wide turnkey automation projects.

Valmet's net sales in 2014 were approximately EUR 2.5 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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