Polymer Group, Inc. will invest in technology for an entirely new category of high performance, cost-effective engineered materials for wipes and other uses. The company will debut its new family of Spinlace fabrics at IDEA07 in Miami in April. Initially targeting the consumer and industrial wipes markets, the materials will be available later this year.
By combining several technologies and processes, including the company's proprietary Apex process, PGI has developed a new type of nonwoven material that is stronger, more absorbent and able to incorporate three-dimensional images at lower weights and with a better value proposition than traditional manufacturing methods.
PGI is investing in new capabilities combined with initiatives to convert existing equipment at its Benson, NC plant to manufacture the high-quality Spinlace materials.
PGI will also upgrade a pilot line for wipes to further enhance its research and development efforts in this area to better serve customers.
“Our Spinlace products bridge the gap between performance and price, specifically in wipers applications. It answers a critical market need for high-performing engineered materials that provide a superior solution than the industry has been able to provide in the past," said Mike Hale, vice president and general manager U.S.