SWM INTL Organizes First China Alkaline Forum
(ALPHARETTA, GA) July 17, 2017 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM) recently held its first China Alkaline Forum in Shanghai. As the world leader in alkaline battery separator paper, SWM took the initiative to organize this one-day event, which was the first of its kind, to bring together leading suppliers and alkaline battery manufacturers. The purpose of the Forum was to share information regarding the state of the industry, as well as to update participants on capabilities, product ranges and innovations in the field of battery separators and other strategic materials, such as graphite, zinc powder and electrolytic manganese dioxide.
The 2017 China Alkaline Forum was attended by more than 20 senior representatives from 10 of the top battery manufacturers in China. During the event, the group heard technical presentations, given by four leading material suppliers. The Forum also included time for the attendees to discuss and collaborate on opportunities and challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow.
Philippe Ragot, Business Director of SWM's Energy Storage group, commented, "This event provided another occasion for SWM to show its commitment to the alkaline battery industry and of our desire to partner with all stakeholders to continuously generate more value. Our Alkaline Forum was the first event specifically designed to bring high-level alkaline battery professionals together. The success of the event showed how this group is focused on performance and innovation, and how much collaboration is required. Beyond alkaline, the SWM team is working on leveraging its unique capabilities to provide more separator, substrate and material solutions to the energy storage industry."
SWM is a leading global provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials for a variety of industries. Historically, SWM primarily served the tobacco industry, which remains a key focus. SWM also manufactures specialty papers for other applications and is executing a strategic transformation to diversify its product portfolio. SWM's Advanced Materials & Structures segment, which focuses on resin-based rolled goods, includes DelStar Technologies, acquired in 2013, Argotec in late 2015, Conwed in early 2017, and other recent acquisitions. These acquisitions expanded the Company's product portfolio and end-markets served to include filtration, transportation, construction & infrastructure, medical, and industrial. SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,400 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland, Belgium and China, including two joint ventures. For further information, please visit SWM's Web site at www.swmintl.com.
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