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Founded as Sole Traders, Bury, Lancashire
The founding members of Andrew Industries started out by supplying the UK laundry sector with a range of woven ironer cloths and bags and traded from a market stall in the north Lancashire town of Bury
Officially Registered at Companies House, Edward W Andrew Ltd, Walshaw Road, Bury
The second generation took the step up to manufacturing and established the factory on Walshaw Road, Bury. The principle activities were weaving and felt making for the laundry industry, carpet underlay, blanket and bomb packing felts.
Founding of the Textile Division as it stands today
The current Chairman of the group, Ted Andrew was the inspiration behind the introduction of Synthetic man-made fibers / needle punch felt technology for Industrial Filtration Applications which helped to provide the first real foundation on which the group has been built. Having studied to become a textile technologist at Leeds University, Ted was able to see where the future lay and began investing in new equipment and started processing the new high tech fibers of the day to manufacture highly engineered technical needle punch felts for the growing pollution control filtration market.
Severnside Fabrics Ltd
Specialists in the manufacture of Ironer Clothing (cutting and fitting) and Sewn Products (Laundry Bags - Net Bags - Trolley Liners), Severnside also offer a Supply and Fit service to existing and future clients.
Founding of the BMP Division
The founding of the BMP (Business Machine Parts) Division dates back to 1974. At that time Edward Andrew Ltd started the development and production of business machine parts for selective customers in the European market. The operations were located within the Edward Andrew Ltd facility in Bury, north Manchester and were treated as a division of this organization. As the business grew the need to expand allowed us to set up individual locations around the world.
1982 Founded BMP America Inc
Manufacturer of engineered textile components for the Ofice Automation industry. The company has diversified into many new technologies and now offers components and light assemblies to a wide variety of market sectors such as Appliance, Aluminium Extrusion, Offset Printing and the metals industry.
Founded US Felt Co
Andrew Industries first nonwoven needle puch manufacturing operation on American soil was a joint venture company eventually to become our 100% owned and managed business now called Southern Felt Company Inc, the world's largets producer of highly engineered needle puch felts for the filtration industry.
Founded American Laundry Products Ltd
Part of the expanding Laundry Division, ALP is a specialist in the manufacture of Ironer Clothing (cutting and fitting) and Sewn Products (Laundry Bags - Net Bags - Trolley Liners) serving the North and South American markets.
Founded Filterfab Canada
A specialist filter bag manufacturer serving the North American dust pollution market sector.
Founded Filterflow Australia
A specialist filter bag manufacturer serving the Australian and New Zealand dust pollution market sector.
Founded Filterflow South Africa
A specialist filter bag manufacturer serving the South African dust pollution market sector.
Founded BMP Europe Ltd
Manufacturer of engineered polyurethane elastomer and niche textile materials and components for the Office Automation industry. The company has diversified into many new technologies and now offers components and light assemblies to a wide variety of market sectors such as Appliance, Renewable Energy, Silk Screen Printing, Ceramics and specialist Construction applications.
Founded Techline Products Ltd
Suppliers of Business Machine Components to the Photocopier Distributor and Laser Cartridge Re-manufacturing Industries
Founded Southern Felt Company Inc
Now the world's largest producer of nonwoven needle punch felts sold primarily to the dry filtration industry in North and South America, the office automation, industrial laundry and pleated filter markets globally.
Founded European Laundry Products Ltd
A new member of the expanding Laundry Division, ELP is specialists in the manufacture of Ironer Clothing (cutting and fitting) and Sewn Products (Laundry Bags - Net Bags - Trolley Liners) serving the continental European market, specifically France.
Founded Bondex Inc
A manufacturer of Thermally Bonded Carded Nonwovens for the Office Automation, Electrical Insulation, Pipe Wrap and Filtration markets.
Founded CMB France Srl
CMB France specializes in the remanufacturing of laser printer, fax and copier cartridges and also the distribution of inkjet cartridges and toner kits. Due to a change in strategic direction the Group decided to exit the laser cartridge remanufacturing business and sold CMB France in 2011.
Founded Griffin Industries
Andrew Industries first step into China was led by BMP Europe Ltd in this 50/50 JV company based in Shenzhen and was a contract manufacturing business assembling Polyurethane cleaning and charge blades for the Office Automation industry. Griffin Industries JV terminated in 2004 following the establishment of BMP Asia Shenzhen Company Ltd.
Acquired Eastern Felt Company Inc
A North American nonwoven needlepunch manufacturing business which was subsequently transferred into Southern Felt Company.
Acquired Webron Products Ltd
A UK based nonwoven needle punch manufacturing business which was subsequently merged with Andrew Textiles Ltd to form Andrew Webron Ltd.
Acquired Slater Felt Inc
A US based nonwoven needle punch manufacturing business which was subsequently transferred into Southern Felt Company Inc.
Acquired Marling Ltd
A UK based nonwoven needle punch manufacturing business which was subsequently transferred into Andrew Webron Ltd
Founded BMP Asia Shenzhen Company Ltd
Andrew Industries BMP Division establishes the first 100% owned and managed business in China. BMP Asia Shenzhen has now grown into the largest BMP location and offers both low cost manufacturing support to BMP Europe Ltd and BMP America Inc, as well as opening up new growth opportunity for the division in the Asia Pacific region
Founded BMP Singapore Branch Office
In order to fully service our expanding Asia Pacific customer base the BMP Division opens a sales and administrative support office in Singapore.
Founded BMP Asia Shanghai Company Ltd
To continue the BMP Division's expansion plans into mainland China a small branch factory is opened in Quingpu close to Shanghai to better serve it's North China customer requirements.
Founded China Industrial Felt Company Shanghai Ltd
The Andrew Industries Textile Division follows in the footsteps of the BMP Division and sets up it's first nonwoven needle punch manufacturing operation in Quingpu, close to Shanghai, to take advantage of the growing industrial fitration market in China and the Asia Pacific region
Founded China Laundry Products Shanghai Company Ltd
The latest member of the ever expanding Laundry Division, CLP is specialists in the manufacture of Ironer Clothing and Sewn Products (Laundry Bags - Net Bags - Trolley Liners) serving the developing mainland Chiese and wider Asia Pacific region
Founded China Filter Bag Shanghai Company Ltd
A filter bag manufacturing operation serving the growing mainland Chinese and Asia Pacific regions.
Established BMP Mexico a branch factory of BMP America Inc
BMP America opens a low cost manufacturing base in Juarez, Mexico to assist in developing the growing demand from it's OEM customer base across the now diversified market sectors served by the BMP Division.
Acquired PPC Solutions Ltd
A subsiduary of BMP Europe Ltd, PPC is a leading European Distributor of value added consumables and service parts for use in laser printers, photocopiers, fax machines and multi-function printers.
Acquired Tyne Tees Filtration Ltd
TTF is a filter bag manufacturing business servicing the UK industrial filtration market.
Divestment of Filterfab Canada
Founded Andrew Industries (India) Private Ltd
The groups first foray onto the Indian continent will initially involve the Textile Division however in time we anticipate both the BMP and Laundry Division's will also play a significant role by expanding their global reach to this growing region.
Acquisition of Ahlstrom's Dust Filtration Felt and Automotive Transmission Felt material businesses
Andrew Industries acquired the Ahlstrom Wuxi plant in China and three production lines in their Bethune, South Carolina USA facility. The Wuxi plant in China will be managed by our China Felt management team and the Bethune production lines by our Southern Felt Company management team. The automotive transmission felts converting process (die stamping) will be relocated to the BMP Division's converting operation located in Juarez Mexico.
Expansion of BMP Mexico in Juarez
Following the start-up of our BMP Mexico facility in 2006, we have now completed a 40,00ft2 expansion of this facility to increase capacity of both current products and new developments to support our customers in the NAFTA region. This expansion takes the total factory footprint to 107,000ft². Market sectors supported from this facility include business machine parts, appliance and automotive.
2011 Divestment of CMB France
Establishment of Andrew India completed
Following the purchase of 9 acres of land on the Sri City Technology Park (50kms north of Chennai), we completed the construction of our purpose built factory for the manufacture of textile filter media. This represents Phase I of our campus development. Phase II for our BMP Engineering Division and Phase III for our Laundry Division will follow in the near future.
Establishment of BMP Malaysia
In line with our policy of supporting and servicing our key OEM customers globally, our BMP Engineering Division has established a new manufacturing facility in Senai, located in the southern part of Malaysia and close to the Singapore border. This plant will initially manufacture high complexity sub-assemblies for use in photocopier/printers. In the future we envisage this plant will also support some of our renewables business in Asia.
Bondex Begins the Manufacture of Flexible Electrical Insulation Laminates
Our Bondex facility has recently invested $6m in state-of-art equipment to manufacture flexible electrical insulation laminates used in transformers, electric motors and other related products. Bondex will be developing a new range of materials which will fulfil the more stringent products now required for the electrical insulation industry.
Tyne Tees Filtration Merge with Heath Filtration
Heath Filtration, based in Stoke-on-Trent, has been a long standing customer for Andrew Webron. Tyne Tees Filtration and Heath Filtration are fabricators of textile filter products and through this merger will now be the largest UK filter bag fabricator. The merged business will be known as Andrew Webron Filtration and will continue to operate on both the Stockton-On-Tees and Stoke-on-Trent sites.
Andrew Industries Sells its Filtration Division
Andrew Industries Limited sells 6 businesses within its Textile Division to Lydall Inc a US listed business. Lydall Inc is a New York Stock Exchange listed company, headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut. The transaction strengthens Lydall’s position as a global provider of filtration and engineered material products.
The deal involved subsidiaries operating in the UK, USA and China, employing some 450 people in total and generating revenues of USD$127m. The products are sold under the brands Andrew Webron in Europe, Southern Felt in the US and China Felt Company in China.
By way of this sale Andrew Industries has taken the strategic decision to exit the supply of non-woven felt filtration media and filter bags used primarily in industrial air filtration applications. Ongoing, Andrew Industries Group will concentrate future investment into its Engineering and Industrial Laundry Textile businesses as well as developing business in the Electrical Insulation market following its recent investment in its USA subsidiary Bondex Inc.