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PGI to Invest in Nonwovens Technology in U.S. and Asia

December 22, 2009

New spunmelt materials with improved properties to be commercially available in mid-2011.

Polymer Group, Inc. will add state-of-the-art, custom-made spunmelt lines in the U.S. and China to serve the hygiene and healthcare marketplace. Already the largest spunmelt producer in the world, PGI will begin construction on the projects in early 2010, and material is expected to be commercially available in mid-2011.

With the expansion, PGI will employ industry-leading technologies, combined with recent proprietary technological developments, to deliver differentiated products to customers that will achieve improved barrier, softness and opacity versus current marketplace capabilities for use in such products as diapers, and surgical gowns and drapes.

“This expansion in product capability and capacity is part of PGI’s ongoing strategy to provide superior solutions to the marketplace and meet customers’ stated needs for higher performing products with an optimum combination of barrier and comfort,” said Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer of PGI.

The latest expansion is part of PGI’s continuing strategy to optimize its global footprint, following investments by the company in Mexico and Europe in 2009.

“PGI’s ongoing investment in global research and development has led to substantial product differentiation and innovation,” said Mike Hale, PGI’s chief operating officer. “Combined with our best-in-class converting performance, service, professional sales and technical support, PGI provides customers with the support they need to drive solutions for today, as well as for the long term.”

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