Our History

Our History

1545: Origins in France

SWM’s history dates back to the Renaissance, when Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s first paper mill (Papeteries de Malaucene) began operations in the south of France, until 2009. With origins during this time, it is no surprise that SWM's innovative spirit and technical curiousity have propelled the company for centuries.

1545 – 1994: Foundations of Success

In the early years, and through the next several centuries, the foundations of SWM were established and prospered in the US and in France, with operations focused on fine writing papers and papers for the tobacco market, as well as the addition of SWM’s reconstitution capabilities.

1995: New Beginnings

On November 2, 1995, SWM announced it would become an independent public company after a spin-off from Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The company also became public, trading on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol SWM, which remains the company’s trading symbol to this day.

1998-2012: Global Expansion

SWM expanded its paper operations around the world with key acquisitions and openings in North and South America, as well as in Europe, including SWM’s European flagship LIP operation in Poland. During this time, SWM formed two joint ventures in China: China Tobacco Mauduit (paper) and China Tobacco Schweitzer (recon).

2013 – 2017: Diversification

Focused on expanding its reach beyond paper with organic growth strategies and acquisitions, SWM established and grew its Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) platform. During this time, SWM acquired and integrated Argotec (2015), Conwed Plastics (2017) and DelStar Technologies (2013), specializing in market-leading netting and specialty TPU films. The company also created its in-house LeafLAB, focused on botanical materials for beverage, packaging and cosmetic applications.

Today: One Company Success

With an expanded portfolio of fiber and resin-based products, SWM is a world-wide leader in advanced materials across a range of industries. Our single brand, comprehensive offerings, and united global team position us stronger than ever for long-term success. While our business is transforming, our commitment to our stakeholders remains rooted in providing solutions and service that add meaningful value. Built on a successful history, SWM is looking ahead. Always, engineered for tomorrow.

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