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Xerium Technologies Unveils Next-Generation SMART Roll Cover Technology

Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM) a leading global manufacturer of specially engineered textiles and roll covers used in the production of paper, paperboard, building products, nonwovens, and specific industrial processes, today announced full commercial availability of SMART®5.0 Technology. SMART 5.0 is another significant advancement in the total cost management of paper machines. Xerium is the global market share leader in intelligent nip technology.

SMART 5.0 provides papermakers with unprecedented real-time nip analysis including : 1) three-dimensional measurement and display of machine direction nip width, 2) advanced capability for shoe press nips, and, 3) enhanced connectivity software to connect directly to mill DCS and PI machine control systems.

Roll covers are critical to the quality and cost of paper as it is produced. Xerium introduced SMART roll cover products in 2008 as the industry's first real-time electronic roll cover. Since then the company has implemented the product line globally and includes it as an available value-add feature of all roll cover types – rubber, polyurethane and composite. With over two hundred worldwide references, the company believes that it offers the most advanced and reliable intelligent nip roll cover products on more applications than all other competitors combined. SMART roll covers are a proven tool for optimizing total cost of production and quality of the papermaker’s product.

Harold Bevis, Xerium’s President and CEO said, "SMART 5.0 is a significant next step in real-time electronic roll covers. The nip is modeled and displayed graphically in 3D so that machine operators can dial in their machines to get maximum results. The data feeds are straight-forward to integrate into overall machine controls. We are well underway with our machine integration approaches. This is a productivity advancement worth looking into."

About Xerium Technologies

Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM) is a leading global manufacturer of specially engineered fabrics, belts and roll cover technology used in the production of paper, paperboard, building products, nonwovens, and specific industrial processes. The Company, which operates around the world under a variety of brand names, utilizes a broad portfolio of patented and proprietary technologies to provide customers with tailored solutions and products integral to production, all designed to optimize performance and reduce operational costs. With 30 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries around the world, Xerium has approximately 3,275 employees.

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