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.

March/April 2007