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Conwed and SWM showcase advanced materials at Techtextil 2017

May 2, 2017

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

Minneapolis, MN (May 2, 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 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. 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 www.swmintl.com

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Conwed and SWM exhibit at ICE 2017 Conference

Apr 12, 2017

With the acquisitions of Conwed, DelStar, and Argotec, SWM is now a leading supplier of advanced materials for the converting industry.

Minneapolis, MN (April 13, 2017) – Conwed, acquired by Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE: SWM) earlier this year, will exhibit at the 2017 International Converting Exhibition (ICE USA) in Orlando, FL (Booth #767 - April 25-27, 2017). Organized every two years, ICE USA 2017 will gather converting professionals from nearly 50 countries and will showcase the latest converting machinery and technologies from over 350 leading suppliers. The key decision makers from a wide range of companies that convert and process flexible, web-based materials will come together seeking innovative solutions to their specific challenges.

Recently acquired by SWM, Conwed brings 50 years of netting innovation to the SWM Advanced Materials and Structures (AMS) division.  This segment focuses on resin-based rolled goods and has been formed primarily with three recent acquisitions: DelStar Technologies, acquired in 2013, Argotec, acquired in late 2015, and Conwed Plastics acquired in 2017. “We are glad to join SWM because we can offer our customers an extended portfolio of advanced materials. Our netting technology continues to evolve and we can now provide a more robust bundle of solutions for the converting industry,” said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.  As a result of these acquisitions, SWM now offers netting, yarn, fibers, films, nonwovens, and paper that can be incorporated with other substrates to create composites used in hundreds of industrial and consumer applications.

At ICE USA 2017, SWM will showcase 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. “We enjoy exhibiting at ICE USA.  It is the ideal venue to meet equipment manufacturers, converters, and business development professionals looking for advanced materials that can help them create superior composites,” said Soltero.

In addition to its co-extrusion technology, 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 converting industry include reinforcement of other substrates such as film, foil, paper, foam, bubble wrap, nonwoven, and other types of fabrics.

The ability to utilize SWM netting in diverse production processes is a key success factor for the adoption of netting in diverse product applications. “Our netting can be incorporated with other substrates to create truly exceptional composites. We have customers creating composites through extrusion coating, extrusion lamination, thermal lamination, ultrasonic welding, wet and dry adhesive lamination, and diverse in-line nonwoven processes,” said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed and SWM International at ICE USA 2017, visit www.conwedplastics.com/ice17

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. 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 www.swmintl.com

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Conwed joins SWM International at INDEX 17

Mar 14, 2017

With the acquisitions of Conwed, DelStar, and Argotec, SWM provides advanced materials for a world of nonwoven applications.

Minneapolis, MN (March 14, 2017) – Conwed, acquired by Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE: SWM) earlier this year, will join SWM at INDEX 17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland (SWM Booth # 1459 - April 4-7, 2017). Organized every three years, the last INDEX Show in 2014 gathered approximately 580 exhibitors from 41 countries, and 12,500 trade visitors from more than 100 countries.

Nonwoven applications can be found everywhere; from hygiene, cleaning, medical, filtration, and packaging, to automotive, apparel, construction and disposable consumer products, the global nonwovens market is expected to reach $50.8 billion in 2020.

SWM is a global leader manufacturer of fiber-based materials, such as its pioneering specialty papers, with applications across a variety of industries. Recent acquisitions of DelStar Technologies, acquired in 2013, Argotec, acquired in late 2015, and Conwed Plastics, acquired in 2017, have broaden SWM’s portfolio to include an expanded range of fiber and resin-based offerings, such as netting, fibers, yarn, films, tubes, nonwovens, and engineered composites. “Conwed is delighted to join SWM International. We are in the process of integration and this allows SWM to offer a distinctive advanced materials portfolio for the nonwovens industry. Our joint R&D and engineering capabilities will allow us to closely collaborate with our customers on their next product innovations,” said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

SWM manufactures the leading elastomeric netting in the world. Uniquely designed for hygiene and apparel applications, Flat Rebound is an elastomeric netting with flat joints to create smooth and highly breathable nonwoven composites. “Flat Rebound is used in composite form with nonwovens and other substrates acting as the stretch engine alternative to spandex, films, and stretchable nonwovens. In hygiene products, it is used in waistbands and side panels in adult incontinence briefs and underwear, and in baby training pants,” said Soltero.

SWM will also showcase co-extrusion netting at INDEX 17. 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 SWM has the ability to build netting with A/B, A/B/A, and A/B/C layer combinations. “Netting is an ideal reinforcement and bonding element to create exceptional composites with film, paper, foil, foam, bubble wrap, nonwoven and other fabrics. It is lightweight yet very strong. It is an exceptional reinforcement material for a wide range of disposable applications,” said Soltero.

In addition to the full portfolio of netting acquired from Conwed and DelStar Technologies, SWM will showcase films developed by Argotec. From graphic, medical, automotive, and glass lamination, to industrial, textile, leading edge and surface protection, SWM offers now a robust portfolio of films for reinforcement, protection and lamination applications.

To know more about Conwed joining SWM International at INDEX 17, visit www.conwedplastics.com/index17

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. 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 www.swmintl.com

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SWM Announces Rebranding of Acquired Companies

Feb 17, 2017

(ALPHARETTA, GA) February 16, 2017 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM) announced today plans to rebrand all of its acquired company corporate brands in 2017, under the SWM umbrella to create a unified, global leader in the industries it serves.

With a history that dates back to the Renaissance as expert paper manufacturers, SWM has diversified its product portfolio and customer base in recent years, expanding its fiber-based manufacturing capabilities to include a variety of resin-based technologies and products. This expansion was done through a series of strategic acquisitions to establish and grow the company's Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) segment, with annual revenues well over $400 million. Key acquisitions have included DelStar Technologies (2013), Argotec (2015) and Conwed Plastics, which closed earlier this year.

Frédéric Villoutreix, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our plans to rebrand Argotec, DelStar and Conwed this year as SWM represents the next phase of our transformation and illustrates our One Company strategy to leverage our enterprise capabilities and international presence. By unifying our brands under the SWM banner, we not only build the value of our enterprise, but we ultimately position ourselves to more effectively serve our customers as a single-source provider of world-class films, nets and nonwovens, and of course papers."

"We are fortunate that the companies we have acquired have strong relationships with customers. These partnerships have been built over time through the innovative solutions, excellent product quality, and personal service our teams have consistently delivered," said Dano Lister, Executive Vice President, Advanced Materials & Structures. "These trusted partnerships are cornerstones of our business and will continue to be as we expand our enterprise and continue to evolve. While there may be some account realignment as we unify our commercial teams, overall we expect account service to continue with minimal adjustment. Going forward, we intend to continue our strategic investment in innovation initiatives, as well as maximizing our expanded global presence, to enhance the range and quality of solutions and services we bring to our customers."

The rebranding transition will include a go-to-market corporate name change from Argotec, DelStar and Conwed to SWM. The conversion will begin immediately for Argotec and DelStar, and is planned for Conwed in the second half of 2017. The product names of the legacy brands, as well as specific product codes and legal entity names, are expected to be retained.

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, please visit SWM's Web site at www.swmintl.com


Conwed and DelStar combine talents at Membrane Technology Conference 2017

Feb 1, 2017

With the acquisitions of Conwed and DelStar, SWM becomes the leading feed spacer developer in the world.

Minneapolis, MN (February 1, 2017)Conwed and DelStar Technologies, now both part of the Advanced Materials and Structures (AMS) division of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM), will exhibit their reverse osmosis (RO) feed spacers portfolio at the 2017 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, in Long Beach, CA (Booths #525 & #420 - February 13-17, 2017).

Organized by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) this event will showcase how membrane technology can enhance water reliability and water quality while revealing new directions in water treatment technologies and wastewater membrane bioreactor applications. With over 1,200 attendees, it is the premier event for membrane technology and its applications in water, wastewater and industrial treatments in North America.

Acquired by SWM in 2013, DelStar Technologies has a successful history as a market leader in feed spacers for RO wound elements. The recent acquisition of Conwed, the next-generation feed spacer developer in the world, by SWM, combines the talents of both companies to offer the undisputable, leading portfolio in feed spacers worldwide. “DelStar and Conwed have been competitors for decades, always aiming at developing the most advanced filtration products for an increasingly demanding industry. We are thrilled to join our talents and technologies to lead the feed spacer development across the globe”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. 

Frequently known as spacer, scrim, mesh, net, or netting, feed spacers act as one of the layers of wound materials in RO filters and provide vital separation between the membranes to achieve superior filter performance. “As part of SWM’s enterprise, we will continue to address the top three challenges in every RO system: membrane damage, pressure drop and biofouling. Our combined expertise creates a distinctive hub of R&D, engineering and commercialization capabilities that truly make us the leading feed spacer developer in the world”, said Soltero.

Reverse osmosis is a critical part of the world's water supply. The International Water Management Institute, a non-profit scientific research organization that focuses on sustainable water use in developing countries, estimates that by 2025 nearly 1 billion people will lack access to fresh, drinkable water. It's clear that Reverse Osmosis (RO) will play a major role in alleviating water scarcity, but there will be a strong push for greater efficiency and cutting energy costs while boosting product water output.

“Water scarcity is a global challenge driving technology companies to improve existing and develop new materials and systems. We believe the next wave of innovation will come from the feed spacer”, said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed in reverse osmosis applications, visit www.conwedplastics.com/ro

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. www.conwedplastics.com 

About DelStar Technologies 

DelStar Technologies is the world’s leading manufacturer of thermoplastic nets, nonwovens, laminates and extruded components. Founded in 1946, DelStar has manufacturing, sales and distribution centers in the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. www.delstarinc.com

About SWM 

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. – SWM, is a leading global provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials for a variety of industries. SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,100 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland and China, including two joint ventures. www.swmintl.com

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Conwed wins Gold AVA Digital Award 2017

Jan 30, 2017

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50th anniversary video wins Gold Award in the Company Overview Category

Minneapolis, MN (January 30, 2017) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, won a Gold AVA Digital Award 2017 given by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) for its 50th anniversary video. AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. Work ranges from digital engagement campaigns – to audio and video production – to website development – to social media interaction – to mobile marketing. 

Conwed participated in the Motion Graphics Company Overview category, with a 3 minute video that takes the viewer through the history of the company, its highlights and innovation footprint. Launched in January 2016 and distributed through different media, the video titled “Celebrating our Past, Engineering our Future” portrayed netting innovation at Conwed with a lighthearted, amusing feel. “We wanted to share our netting history since 1966 and showcase our company’s achievements through the last five decades, but in an upbeat, entertaining way”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. “Could you have predicted an entire world of netting? That’s how our 50th anniversary video takes us on a unique journey”. 

AVA Digital Awards were designed to pay tribute to the history of the audio-visual and web industries. Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. This year there were 2,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 16 other countries.

The strategic marketing team at Conwed had a clear idea of what the new video needed to communicate, but required an audio visual partner to make it a reality.  Hellman, based in Waterloo, Iowa, collaborated with Conwed in this distinctive campaign. “We have worked with Hellman in other audio visual projects and just like their slogan, they excel at powering complex brands. Making plastic netting fun and memorable is not an easy task, and the Hellman team helped us build this unique history video”, said Soltero.

Recently acquired by Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. – SWM, Conwed brings 50 years of netting innovation to the SWM Advanced Materials and Structures (AMS) division. “Just like our winning anniversary campaign, we celebrate our past and engineer our future with this recent acquisition by SWM. We are thrilled to make an impact in this new phase of our history and are glad to share the latest recognition we received from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals”.

To watch the full video “Celebrating our Past, Engineering our Future” visit

www.conwedplastics.com/history

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. 

About SWM

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. – SWM, is a leading global provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials for a variety of industries.SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,100 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland and China, including two joint ventures. www.swmintl.com 

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Conwed displays erosion control netting at 2017 Environmental Connection

Jan 16, 2017

Conwed netting provides flexible containment and protection for diverse erosion control applications.

Minneapolis, MN (January 16, 2017) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, will exhibit its erosion control netting portfolio at the 2017 Environmental Connection Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA (Booth # 311B - February 21-24, 2017). Organized by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), this annual conference gathers engineers, consultants, construction, government, and industry professionals to explore the latest trends and practices in erosion control, sediment control and stormwater management.

Conwed netting plays an essential function in rolled erosion control products (RECPs). Erosion control manufacturers use Conwed netting as the containment element in their Erosion Control Blankets (ECBs), Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs) and Sediment Retention Fiber Rolls (SRFRs) — commonly known as wattles. Conwed also manufactures an entire portfolio of Prostran® fibers which are used as a filler in TRMs and high-tenacity polypropylene (PP) yarn used to stitch-bond the layers of rolled erosion control products.

Erosion control blankets are typically used for temporary applications. “Conwed manufactures two ECB components, the netting used to contain the matrix and the yarn used to mechanically stitch the layers together. Our engineering teams are able to customize netting and yarn configurations to meet specific performance requirements”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

Turf reinforcement mats are usually permanent RECPs typically used in hydraulic applications, such as high flow ditches and channels, steep slopes, stream banks, and shorelines, where erosive forces may exceed the limits of natural, unreinforced vegetation. Conwed manufactures three TRM components: the Prostran fibers used as a matrix, the netting containing them, and the yarn used to mechanically stitch the layers together.

Sediment retention fiber rolls, or wattles, are 3-dimensional devices of a specified filler matrix encapsulated within a flexible containment material utilized in sediment and flow control applications. Conwed manufactures the netting containing the matrix materials and can modify the netting configurations for diverse erosion control applications.

Considered the largest soil and water event in the world, Environmental Connection expects 2,000 professionals representing 25 different countries. “We provide the highest quality netting, fibers and yarn the erosion control industry requires to build distinctive erosion control products and Environmental Connection is the ideal venue to showcase our portfolio”, said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed and its erosion control netting portfolio, visit www.conwedplastics.com/erosioncontrol

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.

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Conwed launches new 2017 IDEA Book

Jan 10, 2017

Conwed netting is used in hundreds of industrial and consumer products worldwide. 

Minneapolis, MN (January 10, 2017) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, launched its new 2017 IDEA Book, a digital step-by-step guide that outlines the company’s manufacturing capabilities, core products and technologies. This new version includes a comprehensive description of how netting is manufactured, an introduction to the company’s netting lingo and the netting characteristics that impact performance in the final product or application.

Conwed manufactures extruded, oriented, knitted and multilayer netting for diverse industries.  From automotive, filtration, medical, hygiene and disposable products to agriculture, apparel, packaging, and building and construction applications, plastic netting helps improve product performance and functionality. “Conwed netting is an extremely versatile material. Our customers usually play in different and very dissimilar industries, so we pride ourselves on collaborating and customizing each netting design to meet their desired performance targets”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. “The IDEA Book is an ideal medium to showcase and share what we do and how it can impact our customers’ products”.

The 2017 IDEA Book includes the first public manual that explains how plastic netting is made, how it can be customized and how it can be incorporated with other substrates through diverse lamination and bonding processes to create superior composites. What started as a manual of plastic netting effort for internal training a few years ago, became the go-to source for learning the foundations of plastic netting. “A key factor to our product development success — when collaborating with prospects and customers — is that we are not shy to share our netting lingo. We don’t assume our audience knows it all about our netting capabilities”, said Soltero.

Manufacturers, OEMs and converters can create netting composites through extrusion coating, extrusion lamination, thermal lamination, ultrasonic welding, wet and dry adhesive lamination and diverse nonwoven processes.  In many cases, incorporating netting helps reduce cost, weight, height, thickness and overall size of products and save energy, material, and production process time. “We consider ourselves a solutions-focused team. Customers bring a product development challenge and we do not rest until we find a netting configuration that can help solve it. So, before you assume it can’t be done, challenge us”, said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed and its new 2017 IDEA Book, visit

www.conwedplasticsideabook.com

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.

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SWM announces agreement to acquire Conwed Plastics LLC.

Dec 15, 2016

ALPHARETTA, GA, December 14, 2016 -- SWM (NYSE: SWM) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Conwed Plastics LLC (Conwed), a leading producer of engineered resin-based netting solutions with significant operating synergy opportunities with existing Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) segment operations. The purchase price is $295 million in cash (subject to certain customary closing adjustments). Given the transaction structure and tax basis step-up, SWM expects to realize tax benefits having an estimated net present value of approximately $75 million. Assuming realization of all tax benefits, the after-tax economic cost of the transaction is estimated to be approximately $220 million. The agreement also includes potential long-term earn-out payments. The transaction is expected to close once customary closing conditions are met, which is anticipated to occur during the first quarter of 2017. Conwed is currently a portfolio company of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK), a publicly traded diversified holding company.

Conwed Key Highlights

  • Leading producer of resin-based netting solutions with proprietary manufacturing processes and innovative technologies
  • Netting products used in highway infrastructure development, oil & gas exploration, filtration, and construction
  • Approximately $140 million of sales with annual growth projected in the 3% - 4% range, EBITDA margins are approximately 20%
  • Complementary operations offer unique and significant long-term synergy potential within the Company's AMS segment; $10 million run-rate synergy target by end of year two
  • Expected Adjusted EPS accretion in 2017 of approximately $0.30; expected 2017 GAAP EPS effect to be determined upon purchase accounting completion

Strategic Commentary

Frederic Villoutreix, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SWM, commented "We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Conwed, which adds complementary operations and products to fuel the expansion of our Advanced Materials and Structures growth platform. While Conwed is a solid standalone enterprise which we expect to deliver sustainable 3% to 4% sales growth, strong manufacturing synergies are likely to drive accelerated profit growth within our AMS segment over the next several years. By the end of year two, we expect run-rate synergies of approximately $10 million as Conwed's low-cost netting operations should create opportunities to optimize our manufacturing footprint."

"With Conwed's assets and technologies, which are similar to DelStar's, SWM will become the clear global leader in resin-based netting with best-in-class operations and products, and strong positions in several attractive niche applications. In addition to filtration applications, where we currently have a strong presence, Conwed's netting provides critical functionality in erosion and sediment control for highway infrastructure and oil and gas site development, as well as carpet and turf backings used in residential construction."

"The Conwed acquisition represents our fifth diversification transaction since 2013 and puts our AMS segment's annualized sales well over $400 million, demonstrating our patient and disciplined approach to building scale in this growth platform. The AMS segment continues to evolve as a portfolio of complementary businesses with proprietary technologies and leading positions in key product areas, which we believe will deliver GDP-plus sales growth and operating margin expansion into the high-teens. The technology and resource investments we are currently making to optimize our AMS operations into a more fully integrated segment support those expectations, and will provide an ideal foundation for the integration of Conwed. During this process, our priority will continue to be providing our customers with the same excellent products and service they have always received from both SWM and Conwed. We look forward to welcoming the talented individuals from the Conwed organization who will become part of SWM and our growing AMS segment. This strategic and synergistic transaction greatly enhances our long-term outlook as we continue diversifying the portfolio outside the tobacco market and reposition SWM for sustainable profit growth."

Chris Hatzenbuhler, CEO of Conwed, commented "Our success under Leucadia's ownership as a standalone business in their portfolio for more than 30 years demonstrates our commitment to our employees and customers to be a leader in technology, service, and manufacturing excellence. Now we enter a new chapter in our history, and combined with SWM, we see a future rich with opportunity."

Transaction & Financial Highlights

The transaction is expected to be accretive to Adjusted EPS by approximately $0.30 in 2017; this figure excludes restructuring expenses of $0.06 and purchase accounting expenses, which are expected to be finalized shortly after the transaction closes. Included in the 2017 Adjusted EPS accretion estimate are a $0.05 impact from integration costs and a $0.05 impact of incremental interest expense on pre-transaction debt. Expected GAAP EPS effect in 2017 will be influenced by purchase accounting expenses. This acquisition and transaction-related expenses were not contemplated in SWM's previously issued 2016 guidance for Adjusted EPS of $3.15, which equates to $2.76 of GAAP EPS (see non-GAAP reconciliation).

The transaction is expected to be funded through the Company's existing credit facility which will be slightly amended at the close of the acquisition. At close, pro forma net debt to EBITDA is expected to be approximately 3.4x, and is expected to return toward the mid-2x range during 2018. As part of the transaction, SWM expects to realize certain tax benefits representing more than $5 million of annual cash flow. The Company estimates the present value of these benefits to be approximately $75 million.

As part of the agreement, there are three potential earn-out payments with a maximum of $40 million in the aggregate. These payments are contingent upon the achievement of certain financial metrics in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Advisors

Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal counsel to SWM in connection with the transaction. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel for Leucadia.

Conference Call

SWM will hold a conference call to discuss this transaction with investors and analysts at 8:30 a.m. eastern time on Thursday, December 15th, 2016. You are invited to listen to the company's conference call that will be broadcast live over the Internet.

Where: http://www.swmintl.com

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Listen-only mode - Live over the Internet - Simply log on to the web at the address above and follow the instructions set out on the Home page or in the Investor Relations section.

To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the website shortly after the call.

About SWM

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, acquired in late 2015, and other recent acquisitions. These acquisitions expanded the Company's product portfolio and end segments served to include filtration, surface protection, medical and industrials. SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,100 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland and China, including two joint ventures. For further information, please visit SWM's website at www.swmintl.com.

About Conwed

Conwed is a world leading manufacturer of plastic netting, providing essential performance functionalities to its customers. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Conwed has five manufacturing locations on two continents and a global distribution network. Conwed has more than 45 years of experience developing netting solutions to help its customers improve their products in a wide range of industries, from agriculture, automotive, building & construction and consumer products to filtration, hygiene, medical and packaging applications. For further information, please refer to www.conwedplastics.com.

About Leucadia

Leucadia National Corporation is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long- term value creation to maximize shareholder value. Its businesses include financial services such as investment and commercial banking and asset management, as well as a diverse array of other businesses, including food processing, oil and gas exploration and development, automobile dealerships, communications, and materials. Additional information about Leucadia is available at www.leucadia.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws that are subject to the safe harbor created by such laws and other legal protections. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, those regarding 2017 guidance and future performance, future market and EPS trends, AMS EBITDA margins, sales and volume trends, Conwed financial results, growth prospects, capital spending, currency rates and trends and impact on EPS, 2017 momentum, future cash flows, effective tax rates, diversification efforts of our AMS segment, and other statements generally identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "potential," "anticipate," "project," "appear," "should," "could," "may," "typically," "will," and similar words. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations as of the date of this release. These risks include, among other things, those set forth in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as well as the following factors:

  • The integration of Conwed with SWM may not be successful or anticipated benefits from the transaction may not be realized;
  • Risks associated with the implementation of our strategic growth initiatives, including diversification, and the Company's understanding of, and entry into, new industries and technologies;
  • Changes in the source and intensity of competition in our market segments, including in Asia regarding our AMS business;
  • Increases in commodity prices and lack of availability of such commodities, including energy, wood pulp and resins, could impact the sales and profitability of our products;
  • Adverse changes in the oil, gas, and mining sectors impacting key AMS segment customers;
  • Changes in the discount rates, revenue growth, cash flow growth rates or other assumptions used by the Company in its assessment for impairment of assets and adverse economic conditions or other factors that would result in significant impairment charges;
  • The failure of one or more material suppliers, including energy, resin and pulp suppliers, to supply materials as needed to maintain our product plans and cost structure;
  • Risks associated with acquisitions or other strategic transactions, including acquired liabilities and restrictions, retaining customers from businesses acquired, achieving any expected results or synergies from acquired businesses, complying with new regulatory frameworks, difficulties in integrating acquired businesses or implementing strategic transactions generally and risks associated with international acquisition transactions, including in countries where we do not currently have a material presence; and
  • Other factors described elsewhere in this document and from time to time in documents that we file with the SEC.

All forward-looking statements made in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this document, and we do not undertake any obligation, other than as may be required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking or cautionary statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of events, unanticipated or otherwise, or changes in future operating results over time or otherwise.

Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data. For additional factors and further discussion of these factors, please see SWM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2015 and other reports we file from time to time. The financial results reported in this release are unaudited.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain financial measures, including Adjusted EPS, and comments contained in this press release exclude restructuring expenses, certain purchase accounting adjustments related to acquisitions, start-up expenses related to CTS, interest expense, income tax provision, capital spending, capitalized software, and depreciation and amortization. Financial measures which exclude these items have not been determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and are therefore "non-GAAP" financial measures. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely analogous measure determined in accordance with GAAP are included in the table below. "Adjusted EPS" excludes restructuring and impairment expenses, non-cash amortization of intangible assets and inventory step-up charges expenses related to purchase accounting, and expenses associated with potential acquisitions.

SWM believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by SWM's management in its financial and operational decision-making. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating SWM's financial and operational performance in the same way that management evaluates SWM's financial performance. Management believes that providing this information enables investors to better understand SWM's operating performance and financial condition. These non-GAAP financial measures are not calculated or presented in accordance with, and are not alternatives or substitutes for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should be read only in conjunction with SWM's financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

SOURCE SWM:

CONTACT
Frederic Villoutreix
+1-770-569-4283
Or
Mark Chekanow
+1-770-569-4229
1-800-514-0186

Web site: http://www.swmintl.com

SCHWEITZER-MAUDUIT INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

2016 GUIDANCE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
As Issued in February 2016 2016E
2016E Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations $ 2.76
Plus: Restructuring/Impairment expense, per share 0.20
Less: Tax impact of restructuring/impairment expense, per share (0.07 )
Plus: Purchase accounting intangible asset amortization, per share 0.41
Less: Tax impact of purchase accounting intangible asset amortization, per share (0.15 )
2016E Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations $ 3.15

* Excluded from the above reconciliation are potential transaction costs associated with future acquisitions. Adjusted EPS is used in this document to refer to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share From Continuing Operations


Leucadia Announces Sale of Conwed

Dec 15, 2016

New York, New York, December 14, 2016 – Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) (“Leucadia”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to sell 100% of Leucadia’s wholly owned subsidiary, Conwed Plastics (“Conwed”), to Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., (NYSE:SWM) (“SWM”). Under the terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in January 2017, Leucadia will receive $295 million in cash at closing plus potential earn-out payments over five years of up to $40 million in cash to the extent the results of Conwed’s subsidiary, Filtrexx International, exceed certain performance thresholds. As of September 30, 2016, Leucadia’s net investment in Conwed was $104 million, of which $46 million was tangible book value. Leucadia estimates it will recognize a pretax gain of approximately $175-185 million (excluding value associated with the earn-out) upon the closing of this sale.

Rich Handler, Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Friedman, President of Leucadia, stated: "Conwed has been a solid Leucadia business for over thirty years; however, SWM approached us as a compelling buyer and we agreed. We look forward to watching Conwed’s outstanding CEO, Chris Hatzenbuhler, help propel Conwed to even greater heights under its new partnership with SWM, and we want to take this opportunity to express our most sincere thanks to Chris and the entire Conwed team for their hard work and excellent performance.”

Headquartered in Minnesota, Conwed is the leading light-weight plastic netting manufacturer in the world with more than forty-five years of experience developing netting solutions to help its customers improve their products in a wide range of industries. From agriculture, automotive, building and construction and consumer products to filtration, hygiene, medical and packaging applications, Conwed’s netting portfolio provides essential performance functionalities.

About Leucadia

Leucadia National Corporation is a diversified holding company that invests in a broad array of businesses. The Company’s financial services businesses and investments include investment banking and capital markets (Jefferies), asset management (Leucadia Asset Management), foreign exchange trading services (FXCM), real estate (HomeFed), commercial mortgage banking and servicing (Berkadia), and vehicle finance (Foursight and Chrome). The Company’s merchant banking businesses and investments include beef processing (National Beef), a diversified holding company (HRG), oil and gas exploration and production (Vitesse Energy and Juneau Energy), automobile dealerships (Garcadia), manufacturing (Idaho Timber), telecommunication services in Italy (Linkem), and a gold and silver mine (Golden Queen).

Leucadia Contact: Laura Ulbrandt (212) 460-1900

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws that are subject to the safe harbor created by such laws and other legal protections. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because actual results may differ materially from the results suggested by these statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this presentation. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2015 and those described from time to time in our periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tangible book value is a non-GAAP financial measure used by Leucadia when reviewing each of our businesses and investments and may not be comparable to non-GAAP measures used by other companies. We believe that this information is useful to investors as it allows them to view our businesses and investments through the eyes of management while facilitating a comparison across historical periods. We define tangible book value as shareholders’ equity less intangible assets, net and goodwill. Our net investment (shareholders’ equity) in Conwed at September 30, 2016 was $104 million, intangible assets, net and goodwill totaled $58 million and tangible book value was $46 million.


Conwed featured in Nonwovens Industry Magazine's Hygiene Editorial

Dec 6, 2016

Rebound elastomeric netting is the ideal stretch engine used in adult incontinence briefs and underwear.

Minneapolis, MN (December 7, 2016) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, was featured in the December 2016 issue of the Nonwovens Industry Magazine as part of the editorial piece: Hygiene components, suppliers respond to change. For more than 30 years, the Nonwovens Industry Magazine has tracked the growth of the nonwovens industry through years of market, technology, and product development evolution. The worldwide nonwovens business—at the roll goods level—totals more than $14 billion, according to industry estimates and Conwed netting is used to reinforce, laminate and stretch diverse substrates in hygiene, medical, apparel, cleaning and other disposable products.

This hygiene components editorial covers how the hygiene industry continues to evolve and how suppliers such as Conwed are concentrating efforts in the growing adult incontinence category. “Listening to users complain about briefs and underwear that work, but are not comfortable or discreet has pushed suppliers, manufacturers and OEMs to include comfort as an imperative variable into their product design efforts”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. “Our elastomeric netting can help address this concern”.

Conwed manufactures Rebound elastomeric netting, the ultimate stretch engine for elastic nonwoven composites. Rebound functions as the stretchable component in waistbands and side panels used in disposable adult incontinence briefs and underwear and baby training pants. The latest development in elastomeric netting technology is Flat Rebound, a new configuration with flat joints that allows the creation of stretchable and smooth composites for superior comfort and feel. It addressed the demand for having lightweight and breathable composites with no joints to mimic a smooth apparel-type texture.

“In our nonwoven stretch laminates, the mesh configuration with multiple holes provides a highly breathable surface that improves air permeability, water vapor transmission and heat transfer performance of the final nonwoven composites which consequently impacts how comfortable the users feel”, said Soltero. 

To know more about Rebound elastomeric netting and its hygiene applications visit www.conwedplastics.com/hygiene

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.

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Conwed launches new Ultra High Porosity Feed Spacers

Dec 1, 2016

Ultra High Porosity Feed Spacers are designed for Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (BWRO) systems.

Minneapolis, MN (December 1, 2016) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, launched its new line of Ultra High Porosity™ (UHP) feed spacers for Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (BWRO) systems. Brackish water is generally defined as water containing between 1,000 and 5,000 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids (TDS) while highly brackish water can reach up to 15,000 ppm TDS. Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (BWRO) systems process water from a wide variety of sources with typical operating pressures between 150 and 400 pounds per square inch (psi).

Conwed Ultra High Porosity feed spacers help decrease the resistance to liquid flow in BWRO systems with an equivalent water flux rate – the rate at which water permeates a reverse osmosis membrane. “Our latest product development efforts focused on understanding how feed spacer porosity might impact pressure drop and biofouling in brackish water applications. Our new line of ultra high porosity feed spacers help reduce pressure drop at an equivalent flux rate and as a result, help lower energy consumption”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

These new feed spacers are designed for BWRO spiral wound elements. A BWRO spiral wound element is a filter comprised of different layers. It contains membrane, feed spacer and permeate sheets rolled up around a product collection tube. The feed spacer provides the necessary gap between other layers to promote turbulence of the feed stream. Depending on the chemical and design configuration, feed spacers can influence membrane damage, biofouling and pressure drop; the three main challenges in reverse osmosis systems.

The engineering team at Conwed focused on the spacers’ porosity ratio to improve water pressure drop. Porosity, also known as void fraction, is the ratio of open (empty) volume to solid volume of the feed spacer. “In simple terms, a high porosity feed spacer has more void or empty space volume, whereas a low porosity feed spacer has less void volume. High porosity also means a more open structure and low porosity describes a closed structure with regards to feed spacer design”, said Soltero.

Conwed believes that modifying the porosity of a feed spacer, just like other features, can have a number of benefits depending on the material and final product application. In BWRO applications, ultra high porosity feed spacers allow water to pass through with reduced pressure drop, which impacts energy consumption. Typical performance can deliver up to 15% reduction in pressure drop compared to other lower porosity feed spacers.

To know more about the new Ultra High Porosity™ (UHP) feed spacers visit www.conwedplastics.com/uhp

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.

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Conwed included in new characterization of feed channel spacer performance study

Nov 10, 2016

New feed spacer study utilizes X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans to obtain accurate three-dimensional (3D) geometry representations and simulate performance.

Minneapolis, MN (November 10, 2016) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, collaborated in a water research study that developed a method to obtain accurate three-dimensional (3D) geometry representations for any feed spacer design from X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans. The study titled “Characterization of feed channel spacer performance using geometries obtained by X-ray computed tomography” and published by Elsevier - Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 522, (2017), 124-139 – is an example of the reverse osmosis (RO) collaborative efforts Conwed pursues with industry and academic researchers and scientists to expand the knowledge about RO feed spacers and their impact on pressure drop, membrane damage and biofouling; the top three challenges in every RO system.

Conwed manufactures feed spacers for industrial, sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) and brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) systems.  In recent years, the technology and innovation team at Conwed has proactively looked for alternative technologies to help address pressure drop, membrane damage and biofouling from a feed spacer developer’s perspective.  Exploring feed spacer design and composition to impact performance has taken Conwed to utilize new technologies such as 3D printing, to shorten the development process between initial design and full production.

“Innovation in reverse osmosis has historically come from membrane manufacturers. However, we decided to proactively look into the spacer for alternative designs and technologies that could positively impact overall performance, but from the feed spacer standpoint. So, collaborating with industry and academic researchers to advance understanding of the role of feed spacers in RO has been and continue to be one of our main goals”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

Research into feed spacer design has concentrated on the effect of the feed spacer geometry on the hydrodynamics in the feed spacer channel.  Hydrodynamics, subsequently, can influence other performance indicators, provide potential flow patterns and estimate shear stress on filaments and membranes. This new study “Characterization of feed channel spacer performance using geometries obtained by X-ray computed tomography” shares the conclusions of using X-ray computed tomography (CT) to obtain accurate three dimensional (3D) geometry representations of feed spacers and to model impact on flow characteristics in the feed channel.

Alternating Strand Design™ (ASD) by Conwed, was one of the feed spacer geometries tested in this study, which was found to provide a lower pressure drop while being highly efficient in converting pumping power into membrane shear. “Our technology and innovation team is rapidly breaking paradigms in feed spacer design.  Our alternating strand design is an example of how we can explore new avenues to impact pressure drop, membrane damage and biofouling. We believe the next wave of innovation will come from the feed spacer”, said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed feed spacers in reverse osmosis applications visit www.conwedplastics.com/ro

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.

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Conwed opens new sales representation in Shanghai, China

Nov 2, 2016

New Conwed sales representation in China will help expand the company’s footprint in Asia.

Minneapolis, MN (November 2, 2016) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, recently opened its new sales representation in Shanghai, China. With over 50 years of history delivering netting solutions in a wide range of markets and applications, Conwed expects this new sales office will better serve existing customers and new prospects all around Asia. Conwed Shanghai Sales Representation contact information is available on their website www.conwedplastics.com/cn

Conwed manufactures an extensive netting portfolio for filtration applications. From extruded cylinder tubes, sleeves and reverse osmosis feed spacers to diamond and square extruded netting for core protection or pleat and media support, Conwed offers a wide range of customization options.  Netting can be found in diverse filtration segments such as beverages, compressed air and gas, food processing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), water and liquid filtration applications, “Filtration is an area of exponential growth and we have experienced increasing demand for our netting portfolio in Asia. Our new sales representation in China will help us have a foot on the ground, understand the needs of the market better and collaborate closely with prospects all over Asia”, said Frank Theunissen, sales director for Europe and Asia at Conwed.

In addition to filtration, Conwed netting is an essential component in hundreds of industrial and consumer products worldwide. Agriculture, crop protection, hay bale containment, turf harvesting, automotive, building and construction composites, apparel, medical, hygiene, resin infusion, pipeline protection, erosion control, soil stabilization, paver protection, bedding, carpet cushion, rug liners, produce, meat and parts packaging and disposable consumer products are some of the most common market applications that use Conwed netting.  “Our technical expertise consists in developing netting designs that help our customers improve their final products. Building a Conwed team in Asia will certainly help us be closer to our customer base and act more rapidly to new product development projects”, said Theunissen.

To know more about the Conwed Shanghai Sales Representation in Chinese visit www.conwedplastics.com/cn

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.

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Conwed shares the ultimate stretch engine at Hygienix 2016

Oct 17, 2016

Rebound® elastomeric netting is an ideal material to create highly breathable composites in adult incontinence applications.  

Minneapolis, MN (October 17, 2016) - Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, will display its elastomeric and co-extrusion netting portfolios at Hygienix 2016 Conference in Orlando, FL (October 24-27, 2016).  Organized by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Hygienix is the premier event devoted entirely to the hygiene and disposable consumer products. This event gathers key professionals from across the disposable consumer products value chain to deliver the best in strategic information and business networking.

Rebound® elastomeric netting is used in composite form with nonwovens and other substrates acting as an alternative to spandex, films and stretchable nonwovens. In hygiene products, it is used in waistbands and side panels in adult incontinence briefs and underwear and in baby training pants. Conwed has expanded its elastomeric netting portfolio in recent years, focusing on creating lighter configurations with a flat design. Flat Rebound®, an elastomeric netting with flat joints, allows the creation of stretchable and smooth composites for superior comfort and feel.  This flat design addresses the consumers’ demand for lightweight and breathable composites with no joints to mimic a smooth, apparel-type texture.

In addition to offering elastomeric netting by itself, Conwed also commercializes stretchable nonwoven composites powered by Flat Rebound. “A great number of hygiene manufacturers prefer receiving a stretchable composite already made instead of incorporating our Rebound netting themselves, so we have developed strategic partnerships to offer stretch laminate alternatives for waistband and side panel applications”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed.

Conwed has emphasized the importance of comfort, especially for adult incontinence applications, when developing new elastomeric netting iterations.  In comparison to other stretchable, solid or perforated film composites, Rebound offers superior breathability, moisture and heat management performance. “The breathable mesh configuration helps draw moisture away from user’s skin and disperse it over a determined area where it can evaporate; contributing to a higher level of comfort”, said Soltero.

At Hygienix, Conwed will also display its co-extrusion netting portfolio. 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. “Netting is an ideal reinforcement and bonding element to create exceptional composites with film, paper, foil, foam, bubble wrap, nonwoven and other fabrics. It is lightweight yet very strong. It is an exceptional reinforcement material for a wide range of disposable applications”, said Soltero.

To know more about Conwed netting in hygiene applications visit www.conwedplastics.com/hygiene

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.

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