Our History

AstenJohnson has an enduring history in the paper industry that dates from 1790, when the Johnson family opened the Manchester Wire Works in Manchester, England. Nearly 100 years later, the Asten family launched the Asten Manufacturing company in Belgium, producing felts for paper makers in Europe. Their successful operation expanded to Philadelphia in 1931, thirty years after Johnson Wire opened operations in Montreal.

In 1999, Asten Manufacturing and the Johnson Wire Company merged and acquired Asten AG in Eupen, Belgium the following year. Additional changes and acquisitions quickly followed — a sales and marketing office was opened in Singapore in 2003, a new PMC manufacturing facility was opened in Suzhou, China in 2004 and Sitos was acquired in the Czech Republic in 2005.

In 2011, AstenJohnson acquired Paperchine and has begun to merge the company’s operations with Johnson Foils, providing equipment and engineering services for the paper industry.

Today, AstenJohnson products are at work in mills throughout the world. Our products help create many kinds of paper — from fine writing paper and brown paper bags to cardboard boxes and newsprint. Paper makers in 56 countries profit from our ability to provide a headbox-to-reel understanding of papermaking through our total machine clothing and equipment capabilities, innovative products that are engineered to make the grade, a highly technical approach to service and sales and dedicated AstenJohnson professionals to help meet our customers’ operational goals. AstenJohnson also produces monofilaments used in making paper machine clothing; specialty fabrics for pulp mills and manufacturers in non-paper industries; and equipment for paper machines.

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