PGI To Build New Manufacturing Facility In China

Jun 17, 2013, 08:00 ET from Polymer Group, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) announced today that it will invest in a strategic site in Nanhai, China that will enable the company to expand its manufacturing capacity for high quality nonwoven products for the global hygiene and healthcare markets it serves.

PGI's investment in a state-of-the-art facility in Nanhai will also increase its capacity to produce advanced chemical bond products for hygiene applications to meet the growing needs of key customers in the region. PGI has operated in Nanhai for over 15 years. This investment will enable the company to continue to support growth through this strategic location.

The new Nanhai facility will replace one the company has operated since the late 1990s.  PGI also operates a state-of-the-art plant in Suzhou, China that serves the healthcare and hygiene markets. Its most recent investment in the Suzhou facility was completed in mid 2013.

PGI has been instrumental in leading the growth of the nonwovens industry into China, both through early entry in the region and investment in a proprietary manufacturing platform. The company will continue to expand its manufacturing footprint as it serves the growth and innovation needs of its customers.

"PGI is committed to continued growth and market leadership in the hygiene and healthcare markets we serve globally," said PGI CEO, Veronica (Ronee) M. Hagen. "Market growth remains strong in Asia for our nonwoven materials and expanding our manufacturing capacity through the Nanhai facility is just one example of our plans to meet our customers' needs well into the future."

The company's Nanhai facility will combine the benefits of PGI's current and new manufacturing technologies and is expected to be complete by the first half of 2016, with no disruptions to customers.

PGI's investment will be supported by The Nanhai District People's Government, a key partner to PGI in its successful operation in the region.

PGI is a global, technology-driven developer, producer and marketer of engineered materials, and one of the world's leading producers of nonwovens. With the broadest range of process technologies in the nonwovens industry, PGI is a global supplier to leading consumer and industrial product manufacturers. The company operates 13 manufacturing and converting facilities in 9 countries throughout the world.

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