AstenJohnson’s history in the paper industry dates back to 1790, when the Johnson family opened Manchester Wire Works in Manchester, England. Nearly 100 years later, the Asten family launched V. Asten and Company in Belgium, producing felts for European papermakers. The family then started a separate company Asten-Hill Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia in 1931, thirty years after the Johnsons began operations in Montreal.
In 1999, Asten, Inc. and the JWI Group merged; they acquired Asten AG in Eupen, Belgium the following year. Additional changes and acquisitions quickly followed, including the 2003 addition of a sales and marketing office in Singapore, the 2004 opening of a new PMC manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, and the 2005 acquisition of Czech Republic-based PMC manufacturer, Sitos.
Today, AstenJohnson products are at work in mills throughout the world. Our products help create all types of paper, including tissue, communications and packaging. Papermakers in 56 countries trust in and profit from our headbox-to-reel understanding of their operations.
JWI founded in England as Manchester Wire Works
Johnson Family purchases Manchester Wire Works
Manchester Wire Works becomes C.H. Johnson & Sons Limited
Charles Johnson opens first North American operations in Montreal, Canada
Enters Dryer Market
Enters drainage equipment business
Opens Extrusion Facility in Williston, VT
Enters Press Felt Market
Oscar von Asten cofounds first Belgian-Austrian felt company in Vienna.
Oscar von Asten becomes sole owner of Asten & Co.
Eduard von Asten and Harold Hill open first U.S. dryer felt company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Enters press felt market
Asten-Hill Mfg. Co. acquires Wisconsin Wires, Inc. and becomes total length clothing company
Opens specialty fabrics
Opens extrusion facility in Summerville, SC
Asten and JWI Group merge to become AstenJohnson
Acquires Asten AG in Eupen, Belgium
Opens Sales and Marketing office in Singapore
Opens Dryer Facility in Suzhou, China
Acquires Sitos a.s. in Strakonice, Czech Republic
Opens Forming Facility in Suzhou, China
Opens Press Facility in Suzhou, China
Acquires Eagle Nonwovens in St. Louis, Missouri
Acquires Foss Manufacturing (Northern Division) in Hampton, New Hampshire
Foss & Eagle unite under the name AJ Nonwovens
Opens AJ Nonwovens Facility in Waco, Texas