Conwed and SWM Showcase Advanced Materials at Techtextil 2017

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After acquiring Conwed, DelStar, and Argotec, SWM is now a leading supplier of advanced materials for the textiles and nonwovens industry.

SWM and Conwed Showcase Product Portfolio at Techtexil 2017

Conwed, acquired by Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE: SWM) earlier this year, will exhibit at Techtextil Europe 2017 Conference & Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany (Hall 3 · Level 1 · Stand F62 - May 9-12, 2017). Organized annually in Europe, this event is a leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. With over 1,300 exhibitors from 48 countries and around 27,500 visitors from 97 different nations, Techtextil 2017 amounts to the world's central marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers of technical textiles and nonwovens.

Historically, SWM focused on specialty paper manufacturing, and has recently diversified its product portfolio to include an expanded range of fiber and resin-based offerings, such as netting, fibers, yarn, films, tubes, nonwovens, and engineered composites. “SWM has consolidated a superb portfolio of advanced materials with the acquisitions of Conwed, DelStar, and Argotec. We now offer complete solutions to help our customers create superior composites for hundreds of industrial and consumer applications,” said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

At Techtextil 2017, SWM will showcase its entire portfolio of extruded square, diamond, flat, bi-component, multilayer, and elastomeric netting that provide reinforcement, containment, grip, protection, and stretch capabilities in diverse product designs. Typical netting applications in the textiles and nonwovens industry include reinforcement of other substrates such as film, foil, paper, foam, bubble wrap, nonwoven, and other types of fabrics. “Our netting configurations usually hide behind the scenes but provide essential performance to the final product. We specialize in customizing our netting designs to help our customers improve their composites in automotive, apparel, medical, filtration, hygiene, cleaning, and building products,” said Soltero.

SWM will continue to display its co-extrusion netting technology. Co-extrusion is a multi-layer extruded netting than can be subsequently oriented where different polymers can form different layers on the same netting configuration. It is a square netting construction and Conwed has the ability to build netting with A/B, A/B/A, and A/B/C layer combinations. By using co-extrusion netting with adhesive layers, manufacturers and converters may eliminate adhesive steps in their manufacturing and converting processes for specific product applications. Co-extrusion netting can be used in industrial wipes, building & construction composites, automotive acoustic composites, filtration pleat and media support, bedding insulators, vacuum bags, etc.

As a result of the ongoing transition and consolidation of four companies, SWM and DelStar Technologies will also have a booth presence at Techtextil 2017 (Hall 3 · Level 0 · Stand J43). “DelStar and Conwed had been competitors for over 50 years, so both teams are now excited to share technology and manufacturing expertise, push the limits of our joint technology, and create truly unique advanced materials under the SWM brand,” said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed and SWM International at Techtextil Europe 2017, visit
http://www.conwedplastics.com/techtextil17

About CONWED
Conwed is the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world. Conwed manufactures extruded, oriented, knitted and multilayer netting with unique customization capabilities. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Conwed has five manufacturing locations on two continents and a global distribution network. http://www.conwedplastics.com

About SWM
SWM is a leading global provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials. We are experts in developing and manufacturing technical materials from fibers, resins and polymers that are critical components in many instantly recognizable products and industries globally. Historically, the company focused on engineered papers but in recent years has diversified to include a range of films, nets and nonwovens, offered through its Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) segment.

The AMS platform was created through multiple strategic acquisitions, including DelStar Technologies (2013), Argotec (2015), and Conwed Plastics (2017). SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,500 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland and China, including two joint ventures. For further information, visit SWM at http://www.swmintl.com

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