Angus Provost Helen Oswald visited the long established Forfar premises of technical textile company Don & Low last Tuesday.
Renowned for its manufacture of woven and nonwoven polyolefin textiles, Don & Low’s diverse range is internationally sought after, with exports now accounting for over a third of its sales.
The technically advanced membranes, carpet backings, geosynthetics, horticultural textiles, medical drapes and sports protection now produced by the company are a long way from the linens woven in local cottages when William Don & Co first established a presence in Forfar in 1792.
The company has had many incarnations over the years, growing its business and its Forfar operation where it employs over 400 people and reported a turnover of £60 million in 2012. Since 1999 it has been part of the Thrace Group, a global consortium of which Don & Low is a key part of the Technical Fabrics Division.
The company’s executive chairman Stephen Duffy joined Forfar based managing director Stephen Bennie to give Provost Oswald a guided tour of the state of the art manufacturing facilities. Commenting on the visit the Provost said: “Don & Low has been a constant and successful presence in Angus for over 200 years, which is testament to the quality of its products and its commitment to the county.” The visit coincided with the launch of the company’s new website www.donlow.co.uk which showcases Don & Low’s diverse product range.