NCCM Global Roll Technology acquires AKK Armstrong
The vertical integration of two market leaders builds a strong bond for a joint future!
NCCM Company LLC – the expanding global leader in Nonwoven Roll Technology – is proud to announce today the acquisition of its longstanding roll service partner AKK Armstrong Kover Kwick, Inc., a leading premier solution provider of felt & carpet drag pads and nonwoven rolls in North America for over 95 years, operating out of McKees Rocks in Pittsburgh/PA, USA.
The Niccum family acquired the Premier Yellow nonwoven roll exclusivity and manufacturing proprietary from 3M back in 2009 and established NCCM. Built on the legacy and foundation of the world renown ‘3M Mill Roll’ NCCM developed since then a unique range of next level nonwoven roll technology solutions and expanded the business continuously in and outside the United States. 2017 NCCM Europe started servicing the old continent directly, 2019 we acquired and integrated Thomas Industrial Rolls, and 2020 we extended also our footprint and service capabilities in greater Asia with establishing NCCM China.
“NCCM keeps moving to the next level. We are today a fast growing and truly global family-owned business with a strong long-term vision and a healthy and sustainable company culture!” says Jewels Niccum, President and Owner. NCCM is operating now out of five business units on three continents, offering market leading high-performance nonwoven and roll technology solutions. As a multi-and cross channel business, we are servicing directly as well as through a comprehensive global network of OEM’s, Value-add Distributors and roll service centers more than 500 customers in the global Metals, Automotive and Industrial markets with advanced products.
The integration of the Armstrong Nonwoven Roll and industrial felt business into NCCM is now another milestone to strengthen our global leadership position creating further growth opportunities and extending our offering with several well complementing products.
We warmly welcome AKK Armstrong to the NCCM business family! Together we will form a unique and strong global team that will expand our product offering and strengthen our market position.
Fabricating Products for the Metal Processing Industry Since 1926
Armstrong Kover Kwick (AKK) was established in 1926 by brothers Alvin and Howard Lichtenstul in the town of Ford City. The company, at that time known as Armstrong Sanitary Wipers, moved to Braddock in 1932. After the floods of 1936, they relocated to the North Side of Pittsburgh. In the summer of 1981, fire destroyed the facility, and the company moved to its present 55,000-sq-ft manufacturing location in McKees Rocks. The company began as a supplier of wiping cloths to steel mills in the tri-state area, but has since grown in both product line and geographic scope.
Today, AKK is a fabricator of felt and carpet materials for use on high-speed slitting lines in the metals processing industry and holds several patents in this product line. In addition, AKK manufactures non-woven fabric rolls that are used in automotive stamping plants, steel mills, and metal processing facilities. AKK represents two fabric roll materials, NCCM (manufactured in the United States) and TOHO from Japan, and is therefore able to offer custom solutions to our customers. Over the years, AKK’s customer base has expanded across the United States as well as into Canada, Mexico, South America, and Israel. AKK prides itself on being the only full-service supplier of industrial wiping/tensioning materials in the country. AKK has the most respected and knowledgeable inside and outside sales force in the industry, which, along with our full-service product line, gives us a marked, competitive edge.