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PGI To Invest In Technology For Wipes Production

Charlotte-based Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has announced it will invest in technology to produce a new family of cost-effective, high-performance engineered fabrics for consumer and industrial wipes and a variety of other products. The new fabrics — to be produced using a combination of technologies and processes including PGI’s Apex™ process — will be introduced under the Spinlace® brand at the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo (IDEA07), scheduled to take place April 24-26 in Miami Beach, Fla. (See “Engineered Fabrics On View,” TW, this issue).

The materials will be on the market later this year.

According to PGI, Spinlace nonwoven fabrics are stronger and more absorbent than traditionally produced wipe materials; and also are able to integrate 3-D images at lower weights and more cost-effectively than traditional materials.

PGI’s investment includes new capabilities as well as conversion of existing equipment at its plant in Benson, N.C. The company also will improve a pilot line used in research and development of wipes.

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