Profile: Lydall Inc (LDL.N)
16 Sep 2014
Lydall, Inc. (Lydall), incorporated on August 26, 1987, along with its subsidiaries, design and manufacture specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers, medical filtration media and devices and biopharmaceutical processing components for thermal/acoustical, filtration/separation and bio/medical applications. The Company operates in three segments: Performance Materials, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment reports the results of the Industrial Filtration, Industrial Thermal Insulation and Life Sciences Filtration businesses. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment reports the results of Lydall’s automotive business, which includes metal parts and related tooling. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment reports the results of Lydall’s automotive business, which includes fiber parts and related tooling. Other Products and Services (OPS) include Life Sciences Vital Fluids. In February 2014, Lydall Inc acquired industrial filtration businesses (ndrew Filtration) of Andrew Industries Limited (Andrew).
Performance Materials Segment
The Performance Materials segment includes filtration media solutions for air, fluid power, and industrial applications (Industrial Filtration), air and liquid life science applications (Life Sciences Filtration), and industrial thermal insulation solutions for building products, appliances, and energy and industrial markets (Industrial Thermal Insulation). Industrial Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media, LydAir SC (Synthetic Composite) Air Filtration Media, and Arioso Membrane Composite Media. These products constitute the critical media component of clean-air systems for applications in clean-space, co mmercial, industrial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), power generation, and industrial processes. The LyPore Liquid Filtration Media and activated carbon containing ActiPure Filtration Media series address a variety of application needs in fluid power including hydraulic filters, air-water and air-oil coalescing, industrial fluid processes, diesel filtration and fuel filtration.
Life Sciences Filtration products include the LyPore and ActiPure Filtration Media developed to meet the requirements of life science applications including biopharmaceutical pre-filtration and clarification, diagnostic and analytical testing, respiratory protection, life protection, medical air filtration, drinking water filtration and high purity process filtration such as that found in food and beverage and medical applications. Lydall also offers Solupor Membrane specialty microporous membranes that are utilized in various markets and applications including air and liquid filtration and transdermal drug delivery.
Thermal/Acoustical Metals Segment
The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment offers a full range of engineered products to assist in noise and heat abatement within the transportation sector. Lydall products are found in underbody (tunnel, fuel tank, exhaust, rear muffler and spare tire) and under hood (engine compartment, turbo charger, and manifolds) of cars, trucks, SUVs, heavy duty trucks and recreational vehicles.
Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment products are stamped metal combinations which provide thermal and acoustical shielding solutions for the global automotive and truck markets. Thermal/Acoustical Metals products include AMS, which is an all metal shield designed to be used in various vehicle applications, and Direct Exhaust Mount Heat shields, which are mounted to high temperature surfaces like exhaust down-pipes or engine manifolds using aluminized and stainless steel with high performance heat absorbing materials. A recently developed and patented CLD (constraint layer damped) material is a lightweight material with characteristics to reduce vibration and parasitic noise on powertrain mounted heat shields.
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers Segment
The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment offers a full line of engineered products to assist in noise and heat abatement within the transportation sector. Lydall products are found in the interior (dash insulators), underbody (wheel well, fuel tank, exhaust) and under hood (engine compartment) of cars, trucks, SUVs, heavy duty trucks and recreational vehicles.
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment products offer thermal and acoustical insulating solutions comprised of organic and inorganic fiber composites for the automotive and truck markets primarily in North America. Lydall’s dBCore is a lightweight acoustical composite that emphasizes absorption principles over heavy-mass type systems. Lydall’s dBLyte is a high-performance acoustical barrier with sound absorption and blocking properties and can be used throughout a vehicle’s interior to minimize intrusive noise from an engine compartment and road. Lydall’s ZeroClearance is an thermal solution that utilizes an adhesive backing for attachment and is ideal for protecting floor sheet metal from excessive exhaust heat. Lydall’s specially engineered wheel wells provide a solution with weight reduction and superior noise suppression capabilities over conventional designs.
Other Products and Services
The Life Sciences Vital Fluids business offers specialty products for blood filtration devices, blood transfusion single-use containers and bioprocessing single-use containers and products for containment of media, buffers and bulk intermediates used in biotech, pharmaceutical and diagnostic reagent manufacturing processes. OPS net sales were 4.4% of the Company’s net sales in 2012.
ONE COLONIAL RD,
P O Box 151
MANCHESTER CT 06045-0151