2 June 2005  Bekaert acquires Southwest Screens & Filters, a leading player in filter applications
for the polymer industry

Today, Bekaert acquired Southwest Screens & Filters SA for an enterprise value of € 6 million. With production facilities in Sprimont (Belgium) and just outside Jakarta (Indonesia), Southwest realises annual sales of € 10 million. The company employs 125 people and is one of the world players in metal fibre based industrial process filters. These filters are used mainly in the polymer industry for filtering possible impurities out of the molten raw material during the production process, to ensure the good quality of the synthetic fibre or film.

In its fibre technologies, Bekaert is market leader for the production of ultra-thin metal fibres. The company also produces solutions based on metal fibre media for gas filtration in the chemical industry.

Georges Brys, Group Executive Vice President, explains: “With this acquisition, Bekaert is reinforcing its growth in fibre technologies. We want to achieve sustainable profitable growth in selected applications of metal fibre based filtration processes. By gaining additional technological skills in new filtration applications, we will acquire a better insight into the needs of the end customer.  This will enable us to gain access to new market segments with high added value.”

better together

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    Situation

    Alcan and Bekaert joined forces to install 210 miles of transmission cable

    Solution

    Bekaert seamlessly adjusted the lengths of the reels to help Alcan’s trucks drive through mountainous terrain

    Result

    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • ski

    Situation

    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain

    Solution

    In close cooperation Bekaert developed superior quality wires that meet the technical customer requirements of ropeway constructors

    Result

    The customer handles the production of the cables, but also on-site weaving (or splicing) and installation. The cables have a life expectancy up to 40 years

  • Bezinal-2000

    Situation

    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process

    Solution

    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating

    Result

    Bezinal® 2000 increases corrosion resistance with up to 500% compared to traditional galvanization

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