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Sans Technical Fibers To Expand Stoneville, NC, Plant

Gastonia, N.C.-based Sans Technical Fibers LLC -- a manufacturer of nylon filament and yarns, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of South Africa-based AECI Ltd. -- has announced plans to expand its Stoneville, N.C., plant. The company will invest more than $2.8 million to increase plant capacity to 8,000 metric tons per year. Production will concentrate on low-shrinkage, high-tenacity products from 60 to 630 deniers using a variety of specialized polymers. Primary end-uses for the filaments and yarns include sewing threads, automotive timing belts, cure wrapping tapes, and narrow and broad woven items for military applications. The new capacity is expected to be online by the end of third-quarter 2010. According to President Zach Zacharias, Sans Technical will use in-house technology as well as modern equipment transferred from a closed plant in South Africa for the expansion.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this expansion, which will ensure that we maintain our position as the premier supplier to the global nylon 6,6 sewing thread market," Zacharias said. "Most of the capacity from this cost-effective expansion will be exported into Europe, South America and Asia."

The investment will be aided by a One North Carolina Fund grant of $60,000. The fund offers financial assistance to businesses through local governments to draw business projects to the state to boost economic activity and create jobs.

December 8, 2009