FIBERMARK INC

FIBERMARK INC

Previous company name
SPECIALTY PAPERBOARD INC
Name change date
5/27/1994
Company Overview
FiberMark Inc. is a leading manufacturer and converter of specialty fiber-based materials. The company traces its history to 1861, when two young brothers, Alfred Wells Case and Albert Willard Case, began making paper as Case Brothers, Inc. in South Manchester, Connecticut. It adopted its present name in 1997. The company was incorporated in 1989 as Specialty Paper, Inc. It has its headquarters located in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States of America.
FiberMark’s manufactured materials are group into four product categories: filter media, tape base and label material, technical specialties, and cover materials for home, school, and office use. Some of the company’s wide variety of products include fuel filters in automobiles or air filters in airplane passenger cabins; vacuum cleaner bags; backing materials for masking tapes or tapes used for checkbook and memo pads; self-adhesive and garment labels; base materials for sandpaper, photographic, printing and graphic arts, wallpaper, and flooring overlay; electrical/electronic applications, such as printed circuit boards; and disposable medical drapes, garments and linens. Its trademarks include Acadia Pressboard, Adirondack Cover, Alloy, Arcoflex, Balmoral, Barcel DLX, Beluga by Skivertex, Carbon-X by Corvon, Care Label, Cheshire Linen Cover, Cleanroom,Corvon, Cover-Cut 17, Covertex II by Pajco, Data-Guard, DesignXpress, Dimensions Cover, Docu-Cover, Dorset, Durango, DuraPress, Endura, Expanlin, Evora by Corvon, Fiori by Corvon, Fortesse, Genuine Pressboard, Grafton Cover, Granada Cover, Guidex Type II Pressboard, Hillcrest, Hyflex, IBL DLX, IMAGEase, Iridescents by Corvon, Jersey Cover, Kensington by Skivertex, Kivar, Kivar 7 Now, KIVARFlex, Kivar Sutton, Lexide (stylized letter), Lexotone 17, Metal-X by Corvon, Metallics by Skivertex, and Montana Cover.
The company serves industrial and consumer needs worldwide and has production facilities in the United States and Germany.
Business Summary
FiberMark, Inc. is a producer of specialty fiber-based materials that meets industrial and consumer needs worldwide with facilities in the United States and Europe. The Company manufactures products, such as filter media; base materials for specialty tapes, electrical and graphic arts applications, wallcovering and sandpaper, and covering materials for office and school supplies, book production/publishing, printing and premium packaging. FiberMark’s operations in Germany manufacture and market technical specialties, a product family that includes filter media, tape substrates, non-woven, wall-covering base and printing substrates. Materials produced or sold by FiberMark’s operations in North America fit within three product families: publishing and packaging, office products and technical specialties. On March 22, 2005, FiberMark withdrew the Plan of Reorganization, dated December 17, 2004, on file in the chapter 11 case it had commenced on March 30, 2004.
Description and history
FiberMark, Inc., incorporated in 1989, is a producer of specialty fiber-based materials that meets industrial and consumer needs worldwide with facilities in the United States and Europe. The Company manufactures products, such as filter media; base materials for specialty tapes, electrical and graphic arts applications, wallcovering and sandpaper, and covering materials for office and school supplies, book production/publishing, printing and premium packaging. FiberMark’s operations in Germany manufacture and market technical specialties, a product family that includes filter media, tape substrates, non-woven, wall-covering base and printing substrates. Materials produced or sold by FiberMark’s operations in North America fit within three product families: publishing and packaging, office products and technical specialties.

On March 22, 2005, FiberMark and its two wholly owned subsidiaries, FiberMark North America, Inc. and FiberMark International Holdings LLC (the Debtors), withdrew the Plan of Reorganization, dated December 17, 2004, on file in the chapter 11 case it had commenced on March 30, 2004. Also on March 22, 2005, FiberMark filed motions with the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Vermont, to resolve certain issues and to reinstate the exclusivity period so the Company can formulate a Plan of Reorganization.

German Operations

FiberMark’s operations consist of FiberMark Gessner, located in Bavaria, Germany, and FiberMark Lahnstein, located northwest of Frankfurt in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The operations in Germany accounted for 48% of the Company’s consolidated revenue during the year ended December 31, 2004. All of operations are reported in the technical specialties product family. Filter media, primarily for automotive/transportation and vacuum bag filtration, accounts for a portion of the Company’s operations in Germany through FiberMark Gessner. Although FiberMark markets these products, the majority is sold within Europe, with business in Asia Pacific, the United States and Latin America.

FiberMark competes with Ahlstrom Corp. (FiberComposites), Hollingsworth & Vose/Binzer, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., MB Papeleras Especiales S.A., Neenah Paper, Inc., Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corp., Paper Line S.p.A., Ahlstrom Corp., MeadWestvaco Corp., WORMS & Cie. (Arjo Wiggins) and Neu Kaliss Spezialpapier GmbH.

North American Operations

FiberMark’s operations in North America accounted for 52% of its consolidated revenue during 2004. Publishing and packaging was the largest product family within the operations of FiberMark in North America, representing 42% of net sales during 2004. This product group was derived from the Company’s April 2001 acquisition of Rexam DSI. FiberMark adds multiple coatings and embossing patterns to impart a range of decorative treatments to its latex-saturated decorative covering materials. FiberMark’s colored saturated products are sold under a variety of trade names, including Kivar, Skivertex and Lexotone.

In graphic white saturated grades, FiberMark operates in the higher end segments of the book cover and photo/scrapbook album markets. The Company’s Kivar Performa Type 2 is used in textbook covers and is specified by state governments in the United States. The FiberMark Red Bridge, England, converting operation markets a line of coated cloth materials, specialty papers, non-woven materials and ancillary products to the bookbinding/book publishing, packaging and security markets. These products are marketed under the umbrella of the FiberMark Red Bridge name, and include products, such as Arbelave Library Buckram and Balmoral. The Company has developed niche markets for its latex-saturated products in applications, such as wallpaper.

Technical specialties represented 23% of the net sales from the Company’s operations in North America during 2004. The technical specialties product family serves range of markets with an array of products. FiberMark’s products are base materials used in saturated masking tapes, graphic arts, printable specialties and electrical transformers.

Office products represented 35% of net sales from FiberMark’s operations during 2004. The Company’s office products include pressboards, other cover materials and binding tapes used by its customers in the manufacturing of paper-based supplies used in the office, home or school. A portion of the Company’s cover materials is also marketed to the graphic design community for a variety of promotional applications.

FiberMark competes with WORMS & Cie., International Paper Co., Brownville Specialty Paper Products Inc., Crocker Technical Papers, Inc., Ahlstrom Corp. (FiberComposites), Neenah Paper, Inc., MeadWestvaco Corp., Smurfit Munksjo AB., Fox River Paper Co., Merrimac Paper Co., Inc., Southern Label Company, Northeast Paper Converting Company, Industrial Coatings Group, Inc., Ecological Fibers, Inc., Coverluxe Inc., BN International B.V. and Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.

The company was established when two young brothers, Alfred Wells Case and Albert Willard Case, began making paper as Case Brothers, Inc. in South Manchester, Connecticut

Business Line
Manufacturer and converter of specialty fiber-based materials
Subsidiary

Advisor
KPMG LLP
IPO date
3/1993
US SIC Code
7336
Company Address
P.O. Box 498
161, Wellington Road
City province or state postal code
05302, BRATTLEBORO, VT
Phone: +1 802 257 0365
Fax: +1 802 257 5900
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.fibermark.com