Our journey

BECOMING A GLOBAL LEADER IN PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

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For more than 100 years we have pushed the boundaries of what our technical materials can achieve, and the solutions they make possible.

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dash1903

From our foundation in 1903 as a small textile company in Scotland, we have grown to become a global leader in advanced, technical materials of the highest performance.

dash 1912

John Low and George Bonar become partners in a jute business in Scotland. They establish their first weaving factory in 1912.

dashEarly 1900s

The group expands into overseas markets, including North America and Africa.

dash1940s

Diversification into manufacturing bags and tufted carpet backing.

dash1947

Low & Bonar is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

dash1950s

Expands further into plastic packaging and extends to territories such as Canada.

dash1960s

Begins a key move into the extrusion of polypropylene yarn.

dash1970s

Bids farewell to its original jute weaving business and continues to diversify into packaging and electrical and mechanical engineering.

dash1980s

Strong growth in Europe partnered by increasing success in the areas of plastics, packaging and high performance materials.

dash2000

Formation of Bonar TF, specialising in woven and nonwoven geotextiles.

dash2000s

A decade of a significant expansion, focusing on developing key areas of the business.

dash 2004

Acquires Adfil and enters the construction fibres market.

dash2005

Sells plastics division.

dash 2006

Acquires GeoTippex and also Colbond, a leading producer of high-quality synthetic nonwovens, strengthening position in automotive, construction, building and civil engineering markets.

dash 2008

Acquires Mehler Texnologies Gmbh, leading coated technical textiles producer. Disposes of Floors Division as part of a strategic objective to become a leading global performance materials business.

dash 2012

Colbond and fabrics organisations merged to become Bonar. Unit is regionalised into EMEA, North America and APAC. Acquires Xeroflor for its strong position in the green roofing market.

dash2013

Acquires Texiplast, Slovakian producer of high strength geosynthetic products for civil engineering.

dash2014

Extends global footprint, adding manufacturing facilities in the Middle East and China to those in Europe and North America.

dash2015

Low & Bonar reorganises into five global business units focusing on Building & Industrial, Civil Engineering, Coated Technical Textiles, Interiors & Transportation and Sports & Leisure.

dash2016

With Chinese production underway, Colback technology begins to serve fast growing carpet tile and automotive markets in Asia. Sells Bonar Yarns business.

dash2017

Acquires Walflor Industries to extend rainscreen and sound control product range. Sells Agro-textiles business.

dashToday

Our rapid response to customer demands, made possible by our technologies, innovations and advanced production techniques, have taken us to a leading position in niche industrial markets across the world.

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