Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has announced long-term strategic growth plans to invest in new state-of-the-art spunmelt manufacturing operations in South America and China to solidify the company’s leadership position in these high-growth markets:
- an immediate follow-up installation of a state-of-the art, custom-designed spunmelt machine and a pilot line at its current facility in Suzhou, China, expected to result in commercially available material in mid-2012;
- a greenfield installation in Southern China by late 2012 with multi-line expansion capability;
- a greenfield installation in Central Brazil by early 2013. Site selection for this facility is currently underway.
Longer-term investment plans include a third spunmelt line at its plant in Cali, Colombia. PGI’s new capacity will employ industry-leading equipment and technologies, combined with proprietary technological developments, to deliver differentiated materials to customers for use in applications such as baby diapers, adult incontinence, and medical gowns and drapes.