Our journey

BECOMING A GLOBAL LEADER IN PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

overview

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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1903

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.

1912

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

Early 1900s

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

1940s

Diversification into manufacturing bags and tufted carpet backing.

1947

Low & Bonar is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

1950s

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

1960s

Begins a key move into the extrusion of polypropylene yarn.

1970s

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

1980s

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

2004

Acquires Adfil and enters the construction fibres market.

2006

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

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.

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.

2014

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

2016

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

2005

Sells plastics division.

2013

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

2000s

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

2015

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

2000

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

2017

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

Today

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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