Freudenberg Politex launches new Russian line

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German nonwovens group Freudenberg Politex is expanding its production capacity in Russia with the launch of new PET spunbond line at its Zavolzhie site in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

The roofing materials specialist, based in Novedrate, northern Italy, has now invested €20m overall at the Zavolzhie plant with the latest addition of more than 7,000 tpa to its local nonwovens capacity. Two years ago, Politex launched a geotextile material line able to turn out 3,000 tpa. at the site.

Material from the new polyester line, expected to receive its formal inauguration in September this year, will provide backing for bituminous roofing water proofing membranes and other speciality construction applications.

The new line will allow Freudenberg Politex to consolidate its leadership as the major Russian producer of nonwovens for construction, manufactured with both spunbond and staple technology, it said.

The investment is part of the company’s national expansion programme prompted by its success in the major Russian market. Demand for innovative products and technologies led Politex to introduce new products there such as geogrids and composite materials for drainage and construction works, roads and railways.

Politex is part of the Weinhem, Germany-based Freudenberg group with 14 independent business groups operating worldwide. In 2011, the group recorded annual turnover of €6bn. It employs 37,000 in 58 different countries.


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