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Low and Bonar opens £26m production facility in China

April 19, 2016

British company opens £26M production facility in China
- £26 million investment brings advanced technology to region
- Changzhou facility will eventually employ around 100 people

London, 19 April 2016: A proprietary technical textile is to be produced in China for the first time by a British company to supply the building and automotive industries.

It has taken high performance materials business, Low and Bonar, just two years from the decision to build and operate its own manufacturing plant for Colback®, a proprietary nonwoven premium brand fabric, in the Yangtze River Delta, to being fully operational and officially opened today by Fei Gao Yun, Mayor of Changzhou City.

The £26 million (€32 million) site will supply various applications to the flooring markets, building and automotive industries in both domestic and Asian regional markets. In addition, as demand escalates for cleaner air and water, the plant will supply a range of technical and textile solutions for air and water filtration usage.

 Brett Simpson, CEO commented, “It is our strategy to have production close to our core markets in order to secure short lead-times and provide world class service to our customers. China – and the rest of Asia Pacific – is a future core market for Low and Bonar Group. Having full control of the production process is essential to deliver products of a consistent high quality and performance.

With our local and global customer focused teams and strong service network, we can optimize our processes in production, logistics and administration which brings benefits to our customers. This will also help to decrease our environmental impact by reducing the need to transport products from Europe or the USA to be sold in Asia.”

With majority of sales likely to come from Chinese domestic markets and the rest from APAC, the plant is also expected to meet global capacity requirements for Colback® for the next five years. Covering an area of 29,600 sq metres, the facility is based in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, China’s economic development area with a history in textiles.
In the flooring industry, Colback® is widely used as a primary backing in carpet tiles, high-grade patterned wall to wall carpeting and walk-off mats. The dimensional and thermal stability of Colback® prevents carpets from bowing and skewing during processing and makes installation, especially pattern repeat, easier.

Alex Xu, Country Manager, China said: “Colback® is unique in the world of nonwovens in that it uses a 2-step manufacturing process that is not easy to replicate; this gives us a great advantage to enable our customers to make unique products and helps us to gain market share. Our team located in Shanghai will provide sales and technical support to our customers in China and international customers moving into the Asia Pacific region.”


About Low and Bonar PLC:
Low and Bonar is a global leader in high performance materials selling in more than 60 countries worldwide and manufacturing in Europe, North America, the Middle East and China. We design and manufacture components which add value to, and improve the performance of, our customers’ products by engineering a wide range of polymers using our own manufacturing technologies to create yarn, fibres, industrial and coated fabrics and composite materials. Our materials can help to make people safer, save billions of gallons of water, promote cleaner air and water, support higher crop production and create beautiful working and leisure spaces.
Low and Bonar is listed on the London Stock Exchange: LWB

About Colback®:
Colback® is a non-woven premium brand fabric produced by a unique, proprietary, 2-step manufacturing process involving the spinning of bi-component yarns and a special laydown and bonding technique to form the finished fabric. This high performance material is used in modular carpet floorings, car carpets and dust mats and, various filtration and decorative applications.



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