Performance materials group Low & Bonar is set to expand production capacity at its geosynthetic products plant at Ivanka pri Nitre near Nitra in Slovakia.
Bonar Geosynthetics, a subsidiary of the London-based group, is reported to be planning to invest €5.8m (£4.9m) to construct a new 8,000 sq metres production hall at the site acquired when it bought the Slovak geogsynthetics firm Texiplast in 2013.
The company makes use of polypropylene, polyester, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyamide to manufacture woven and non-woven geosynthetics for use in the construction of roads, airfields, railways, ports and for erosion protection.
Polymer materials are brought into the plant for processing using extrusion, twisting, warping and weaving technology.
Bonar's latest Slovak expansion project is scheduled to be completed by the opening months of 2018.
Last year, the company was involved in the construction of a new nonwoven geosynthetics manufacturing facility at its operation at Tiszaújváros, in northern Hungary. This scheme has meant investment of around €6.7m (£5.6m).
Bonar products include three dimensional polymeric mats, knitted fabrics, construction fibres and composites as well as nonwovens for transportation, construction, agricultural, civil engineering and industrial applications.
The company runs plants in Emmen and Arnhem in the Netherlands; Lokeren and Zele (Belgium); Obernburg and Gross Ippener (Germany) and Asheville (US). Bonar also has joint venture operations in Jiangsu in China and Yanbu in South Africa. These employ a 1,200 strong workforce.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, parent group Low & Bonar launched its first production plant in China to produce a proprietary technical textile material aimed at growing its business in China and the Asia Pacific region.
The €32m (£27m) facility at Changzhou in China's Yangzee River delta, was inaugurated in April. It will eventually employ 100 to produce the group's proprietary nonwoven premium brand fabric ‘Colback'. This is used as primary backing for carpet tiles, high grade patterned wall to wall carpeting and walk-off mats.
It also has applications in the construction and automotive sectors and plant products will later provide a range of technical and textile solutions for air and water filtration as demand grows for cleaner air and water, Bonar said.