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14101 Capital Boulevard

Youngsville, NC 27596

United States

Phone: 919-556-7235

Fax: 919-556-1063

Xerium Technologies, Inc. operates as a manufacturer and supplier of consumable products used primarily in the production of paper—machine clothing and roll covers worldwide. The company markets its products through various brands, such as Huyck Wangner, Weavexx, Stowe Woodward, Mount Hope, Robec, and Xibe. The company markets its products, primarily using its direct sales force, to the paper industry’s major producers. Segments The company operates through two principal segments, Machine Clothing and Roll Covers. Machine Clothing The Machine Clothing segment’s products include various types of industrial textiles used on paper-making machines and other industrial applications. This segment’s products are synthetic textile belts that transport paper as it is processed in a paper-making machine from paper stock into finished paper. The company manufactures three general types of machine clothing products used on paper-making machines—forming fabrics, press felts and dryer fabrics—each of which is located in a different section of a paper machine. Forming Fabrics: Forming fabrics are used at the beginning of paper-making machines, where diluted paper stock is deposited on the forming fabric. Forming fabrics allow water to drain from the paper stock, creating an initial wet sheet. Forming fabrics are custom-manufactured in single, double, and triple layer designs in various meshes to suit particular machines and paper grades. Press Felts: Press felts are used to carry the paper sheet through a series of press rolls that mechanically press water from the sheet under high pressure. Press felts are designed to improve water removal, which reduces the amount of water that must be removed during the expensive energy-intensive drying section of the production process. Press felts differ from forming fabrics and dryer fabrics due to the addition of various layers of staple fiber that are needled into the fabric base. The staple fiber provides a smooth surface to meet the wet sheet of paper and creates a wicking effect to remove water from the paper sheet as it is pressed under high pressure between press rolls. Press felts are manufactured in various designs, including lightweight single layer felts, multi-layer laminated endless felts and seamed felts that allow for reduced installation times. Dryer Fabrics: Dryer fabrics are used to transport the paper sheet through the drying section of paper-making machines, where high temperatures from large, steam-heated dryer cylinders evaporate the remaining moisture from the paper sheet. Dryer fabrics, which are less technically advanced than forming fabrics or press felts, are woven from heat-resistant yarns with a coarser mesh than forming fabrics. Industrials and Other: The company manufactures other fabrics used in other industrial applications, such as pulp, non-woven textiles, fiber cement, tannery sludge dewatering and textiles manufacturing. The company also manufactures auto-joining equipment used in machine clothing production. New Machine Clothing Products: The company focuses its research and development efforts on value-added products, such as forming fabrics and press felts. Roll Covers In the Roll Covers segment, the majority of the company’s sales are generated through the replacement and refurbishment of roll covers and spreader rolls, the manufacturing of new spreader rolls, and general mechanical maintenance and repair services for the internal mechanisms of rolls. Roll Covers: The company manufactures, refurbishes, and replaces covers of all types of roll applications used in paper-making machines, such as press section rolls, including suction rolls, lump breaker rolls, coater rolls, sizing rolls, calendar rolls, and all-purpose conveying rolls. There could be approximately 200 such rolls in a typical paper-making machine. These metal rolls, which could be approximately 39 feet long, 6 feet in diameter and weigh 500 to 140,000 pounds, are covered with an exterior layer of rubber, polyurethane, composite or ceramic, each of which is designed for use in a particular phase of the paper-making process. Roll covers operate in temperatures approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit, under pressures approximately 12,000 pounds per square inch and at speeds approximately 10,000 feet per minute. Roll covers are typically replaced every two to five years. Services: The company offers a range of mechanical maintenance and repair services for the internal mechanisms of rolls. As of December 31, 2015, the company provides major mechanical services at 10 locations worldwide. Spreader Rolls: The company manufactures and repairs spreader rolls, which are small-diameter curved rolls used throughout a paper-making machine to stretch, smooth and remove wrinkles from the paper and machine clothing. New Roll Products: The company has introduced various innovations to its roll cover and spreader roll products, including composite calendar roll covers that use nanoparticle technology to improve roll cover durability and paper gloss, as well as covers that use an improved polyurethane to increase abrasion and moisture resistance, as well as responsiveness and stability. Business Strategy The company’s business strategy includes expanding commercial presence in growing areas and emerging markets; and competing with a product line that would win technical run-offs in targeted areas. Customers and Markets The company supplies major paper producers worldwide. Intellectual Property As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 455 issued patents and approximately 93 pending patent applications. Its patents and patent applications cover approximately 68 different inventions. The company licenses certain of its patents and technologies to some of its competitors, which helps further demonstrate its technological leadership in the industry. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenses totaled $7.4 million in 2015. History Xerium Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999.


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