2012 Nonwovens Sales: $118 million
Key Personnel: W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; David Williams, president, performance materials
Plants: Rochester, NH; Saint Rivalain, France; Green Island, NY; Heerlen, The Netherlands
Brands: AppLY Mat, Arioso, Biotherm, CRS Wrap, Cryo-Lite, LydAir MG, LydAir MB, LydAir SC, LyPore Defender, LyPore MB, LyPore SC, LyPore XL, Lytherm, ManniGlas, Solupor
Major Markets: Specialty insulation, high-efficiency air and liquid filtration media
Sales in the performance materials segment of Lydall Inc. decreased $16 million, or 12%, to $118 million in 2012 due to lower volumes and the negative impact of foreign currency translation. Part of the reduction in sales was attributed to the sale of an electrical papers product line in 2010 as well as decreased demand in certain commercial building products markets.
Industrial filtration products decreased 6.2%, or $4.5 million, due to a reduction in demand for the materials in Europe and Asia. Sales of life science filtration products decreased due to decreased demand for products used in water and life protection application products.
Opportunities for Lydall are mainly driven by markets engaged in product and technology development that are demanding higher levels of filtration performance. Additionally, opportunities exist for geographic expansion in filtration and insulation in regions including Eastern Europe, South America, India and China. These regions continue to invest in infrastructure improvements and demand more from their filtration and insulation applications.
In new product news, Lydall’s Arioso high performance air filtration composite media was chosen as the premium filter media in a range of high efficiency fume extraction filters being produced by a prominent filter manufacturer in the U.K. Fume extraction filters are used to remove fi ne particulate matter that is contained in smoke and fumes generated by laser/plasma cutting and welding operations. The filters engineered with Arioso are designed to remove even the finest particles to provide cleaner air discharge in the workplace and the environment.
New product development has always been a priority for Lydall performance materials across all of its market segments. In filtration and separation, the company offers LyPore and LyPore Defender microglass media and LyPore Unity, a microglass series that is optimized for coalescing. More specifically, in air and industrial filtration, LydAir microglass media and Arioso high performance composite filtration media are both critical components of clean-air systems in a number of areas.
Meanwhile, Lydall’s filter media for the biopharmaceutical, medical, food and beverage, specialty process and drinking water industries include microglass, meltblown and synthetic grades for removing particles ranging from bacteria to large sediment.
Lydall recently expanded its Solupor membrane series, based on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. These new grades perform at high flow rates in venting and air/gas line filters. Within specialty insulation, Lydall products include Manniglas fiberglass papers, appLY Mat needled fiberglass mats, Biotherm biosoluble ceramin paper and Lytherm ceramic paper for a variety of cavity, gasket, sealing and surface protection applications in the home appliance, industrial HVAC, energy and petrochemical markets.