BBA Acquires AQF Nonwovens Group Reorganizes

BBA Group PLC., London., has completed the acquisition of AQF Technologies LLC, Charlotte, N.C. BBA
previously owned 15 percent of AFQ and has now acquired the other 85-percent interest held by AQF
Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Germany-based Hoechst AG.In other company news, BBA Nonwovens Group
Americas has consolidated into two divisions.The MedicalandIndustrial Division includes the
filtration, construction and agricultural products, industrial products, medical and consumer care,
and packaged and specialty products businesses, supported by BBAs facilities in Old Hickory, Tenn.;
Lewisburg, Penn; and Bethune, S.C.The Hygiene Division, comprised of the baby care, adult
incontinence, FemCare and natural fibers businesses, is supported by BBAs plants in Simpsonville,
S.C.; Washougal, Wash.; Green Bay, Wis.; Griswoldville, Mass; Toronto, and Mexico.

December 2000