HDK Commissions Erko Trützschler Carding Line

HDK Industries, Inc., a Rogersville, Tenn.-based supplier of nonwovens and laminates, has
commissioned a manufacturing line including fiber-opening, blending and carding equipment provided
by Germany-based Trützschler Group’s Erko Trützschler and Charlotte-based American Truetzschler
Inc. subsidiaries, represented by Greenville-based distributor Batson Group Inc.

According to HDK, the new line, which includes three 3.5-meter cards and provides flexibility
to process multliple fibers, will significantly expand the company’s production capacity as well as
enable it to increase the range of basis weights processed for an expanded product offering.

“This new technology offers the means to advance our product performance while maintaining
competitive product costs,” said Dave Lunceford, president, HDK Industries. “HDK’s goal is to
supply our customers with the products that allow them to lead their respective segments. To
accomplish, we felt that we had to install production technology that surpassed existing industry

May/June 2009