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1995 - 1995

Automation Brings New Industry Exposure

In 1995, Eastman acquired North Technology Systems from the North Sails Group, the world’s largest sail maker. North developed this subsidiary to build computer controlled cutting machines for use in North’s sail lofts. The cutters and software were integral components in establishing North’s world leadership position in sail making. Because North pioneered the use of Kevlar® and Mylar® in marine applications and found niche markets in aerospace, automotive, carpet, insulation, and vinyl cutting applications, this acquisition enabled Eastman to expand into new industries such as the composite and industrial fabric markets where materials like the following are cut:

  • pre-preg composites
  • carbon fiber
  • upholstery
  • fiber-fill and foam
  • vinyl
  • fiberglass
  • kevlar
  • safety materials
  • mesh
  • canvas

Eastman created proprietary software for the industrial markets that includes system control software, design and nesting software and industry specific application software.