about us

Nonwovenn is a privately owned group of pioneering technical fabric manufacturers, complemented by a logistics and warehousing partner. Catering to a range of different industries, each with their own requirements, the group specialises in creating innovative and often bespoke solutions to the challenges faced by customers.

Founded from an audacious management buyout of a loss-making business in 2003, it’s been quite a journey to where we are today. A journey that has seen us grow from a turnover of £6.5 million and 49 people to a team now 180 strong and a turnover of more than £21 million. In that time we’ve completed the turnaround of two failed businesses, added scale to our operations and set up two more companies along the way. The result is a specialist group of five profitable companies with stable trading and a view to further organic and acquisitive growth on a worldwide scale.

Our success and aspirations for expansion haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2016 we attracted the interest of the Business Growth Fund (BGF), securing a multi-million pound investment package to fulfil growth ambitions in the UK and overseas.

This investment will see Nonwovenn add scale to its operations through further organic and acquisitive growth in years to come, as the group looks to establish a worldwide presence and a global manufacturing network.

We welcome investment opportunities within nonwoven manufacturing as we look to add increased capability and further value to the group and the companies within it. For more information please Contact Us.

Group Ethos

We make no secret of the fact our group ethos is simple…

We work with our clients, not for our clients, and all of our companies adopt the same principles for care, collaboration and personal service in order to achieve ultimate customer satisfaction and a reputation for high standards of manufacturing.

We also understand that today’s fabrics will never provide tomorrow’s solutions, so we’re committed to the design and development of smarter, lighter, technically superior fabrics. It’s this approach that keeps us at the forefront in our industry and how we maintain a reputation outstanding quality and innovative solutions.

There you go. It really is that simple.


  • 1952

    BFF was established as a division of Cortaulds the global textile brand.

  • 1971

    BFF become one of 29 founding members of EDANA.
    1 of 7 remaining today!

  • 2003

    The current owners bought BFF in a management buyout.
    Where it all began.

  • 2004

    Sterling Nonwovens created as a partner company to BFF.

  • 2006

    Square Foot set-up as the group's logistics and warehousing partner.

  • 2012

    Lantor (UK) acquired as the group move into medical nonwovens. 2nd major turnaround!

  • 2013

    Sterling move North and form the groups industrial nonwovens division.

  • 2015

    Lesterdale acquired as the group expands converting capability.

  • 2016

    The group was merged with ambitious plans for future growth.
    Nonwovenn was born!

  • 2016

    Nonwovenn secures a multi-million pound investment from the Business Growth Fund.

  • We're ready for
    the next chapter!