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.
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.
In the picture: 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.