Schweitzer-mauduit International, Inc.  (SWM)
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Schweitzer-mauduit International, Inc.

Business Description

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. is a multinational producer of specialty papers and resin-based products headquartered in the United States of America.

The Company was incorporated in Delaware in 1995 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark Corporation ("Kimberly-Clark"). On November 30, 1995, Kimberly-Clark transferred its tobacco-related paper and other specialty paper products businesses conducted in the United States, France and Canada to the Company and distributed all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company to its stockholders (the "spin-off"). As a result, the Company became an independent public company.

We conduct business in over 90 countries and operate 18 production locations worldwide, with facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, China and Poland. We also have a 50% equity interest in two joint ventures in China: China Tobacco Mauduit (Jiangmen) Paper Industry Ltd. ("CTM"), which produces cigarette papers, and China Tobacco Schweitzer (Yunnan) Reconstituted Tobacco Co. Ltd. ("CTS"), which produces reconstituted tobacco leaf products. Effective October 2015, the Company operates under two reportable segments: Engineered Papers ("EP"), which produces cigarette papers, reconstituted tobacco leaf, and wrapper and binder products for sale to cigarette and cigar manufacturers, as well as other non-tobacco specialized commercial and industrial paper products, and Advanced Materials & Structures ("AMS", formerly known as the Filtration segment), which manufactures resin-based products for filtration, surface protection, medical, and industrial applications.

We operate and manage two reportable segments based on our product lines: Engineered Papers and Advanced Materials & Structures. In October 2015, the Company consolidated its former Paper and Reconstituted Tobacco segments into one reportable segment, Engineered Papers, conforming to the new organizational structure and strategic management of the former Paper and Reconstituted Tobacco segments, which largely supply the tobacco industry. The other reportable segment is Advanced Materials & Structures, which manufactures resin-based products for filtration, surface protection, medical, and industrial applications. This segment is comprised of the four businesses we acquired since 2013: DelStar, the Pronamic and SNN acquisitions, and Argotec.

Our EP segment produces both tobacco-related papers and non-tobacco-related papers. Our tobacco-related papers, which comprise a large majority of EP's sales, include various porous papers used to wrap parts of a cigarette (i.e, tobacco column, filter) and reconstituted tobacco leaf ("RTL"), which is often blended with virgin tobacco in a cigarette.

We manufacture and sell a variety of highly engineered resin-based, rolled goods such as films, nets, foams and other non-wovens. These products are used in high-performance filtration, surface protection, medical, and other industrial applications. Most of our production technologies. including those used to produce resin-based plastic netting, are extrusion-based, meaning resin pellets are heated, softened, and forced through a metal die to form continuous sheets or strands. We also produce certain meltblown products, machined plastic core tubes, and resin-based rolled products. We have significant technological expertise in proprietary die construction, which our competitors often outsource, and we consider this an advantage in protecting our technology and competitive position. However, unlike the EP segment which relies primarily on patent protection for key innovation protection, AMS relies more heavily on trade secrets and manufacturing "know-how".

We employ approximately 70 research and development employees in research and laboratory facilities in France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Poland, and the U.S. We are dedicated to developing product innovations and improvements to meet the needs of individual customers. We believe that our research and product development capabilities have played an important role in establishing our reputation for high quality, superior products in both our EP and AMS segments. Within EP, our research and development has enabled us to establish and sustain leading shares in various cigarette paper products, specifically LIP paper. We also are working with customers to meet potential future demand for reduced-harm tobacco products. Within AMS, we have a history of finding innovative design solutions, including developing products that improve the performance of customers' products and manufacturing operations. We believe that our commitment to research and development, coupled with our investment in new technology and equipment, has positioned us to take advantage of growth opportunities in many places around the world.


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