Xerium Announces New Plant in Turkey

Xerium Technologies Inc., Youngsville, N.C., USA, a global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced a new rolls and mechanical services facility located in Çorlu, Turkey. The facility is under construction and the equipment is already on hand. It will be state-of-the art and is expected to be in production in the first quarter of next year.

From this geographic location, Xerium will provide its full suite of performance-enhancing roll solutions to customers in the surrounding region. It will perform roll grinding, roll recovering, and mechanical services on site. The company is also increasing its field sales and service staff for the region for machine clothing, roll services, mechanical services, and machine automation through its SMART® Roll sensor solutions.

Xerium's facility will be the first major rolls and service facility established in Turkey, by any of the industry's major global suppliers. From this location, the company will be able to provide regional customers with quicker and more cost effective service. Its products and services will be delivered through a local workforce familiar and respectful of local customs. The plant will be co-located on the grounds of Modern Karton, one of the largest and most integrated producers in the region.

"Xerium is honored to be the first major global competitor to build a plant in the region and proud of its relationship with Eren Holding and Modern Karton. We look forward to delivering superior mechanical services, roll covering capabilities, and machine automation services to the region," said Harold Bevis, Xerium's president and CEO. "This area of Europe is healthy and growing in the industries we serve. We believe this commitment will bring value to the area for all three of Xerium's product categories—roll coverings, mechanical services, and machine clothing.

In the photo, Dave Pretty (left), Xerium's president of North America and Europe, and Recep Agci, of Modern Karton, Istanbul, were instrumental in making the new greenfield plant a reality.