Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte, has opened a facility in Suzhou, China, for the manufacture of
medical fabrics. The company reports it now is the largest spunmelt fabric producer in China and
the only vertical medical fabrics manufacturer in the country.
The new facility is located in the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park near Shanghai and
now is PGI’s Asian headquarters, employing 145 people in all functions at the site including
administrative, finance, information technology, sales and marketing, as well as manufacturing.
The manufacturing plant is equipped with a multi-beam Reifenhäuser spunmelt line and a
finishing line. Markets served include not only medical, but also industrial protective and
hygiene. Products include ultra-high-performance spunmelt medical barrier fabrics including the
company’s MediSoft™ line and spunlace medical fabrics including Provia™, which is finished using
proprietary processes and advanced treating systems.
“As more of our customers move to this growing area, we are committed to delivering the
highest-quality product from this new state-of-the-art facility,” said Jay Cheng, vice president
and general manager, PGI Asia. “The strategic location and combination of our manufacturing and
back-office functions at the same location will enable us to better serve our customers in this
region. We would like to thank the members of the Suzhou Industrial Park Administration Committee
for their support in making this a successful venture for PGI.”
Although the new facility now is open, the company will officially celebrate its opening in
early November, when it will invite elected officials and customers to participate.