Polymer Group Plans China Expansion
U.S.-based Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) recently announced its expansion plans in China.The company said it will construct a new spunmelt manufacturing plant in Suzhou and add advanced chemical bonding technology at its facility in Nanhai.According to PGI, the Suzhou plant will be the largest spunmelt producer in China and the country’s only vertically integrated producer of medical fabrics. The plant will house a state-ofthe- art, multi-beam Reifenhauser spunmelt line targeted primarily at serving the medical and hygiene markets. It also will house a finishing line capable of providing customers with treated medical fabrics. Commercial production is planned for mid-2006.
Polymer Group Inc. is adding an advanced chemical bonding line to serve the hygiene and medical markets at its plant in Nanhai, China.PGI will also expand its technology base at its current facility in Nanhai with the addition of an advanced chemical bonding line targeted to serve the hygiene and medical markets.PGI said the new line will enable it to broaden its product offering to include sublayer products for the hygiene market and other medical and hygiene products previously available only from PGI’s U.S. and European operations.“Due to capacity limitations, our existing China operations have not been able to keep up with the growing demand for PGI products,”said CEO James L. Schaeffer.“The new location in Suzhou will add capacity right where our customers need it; and the technology expansion at Nanhai will enhance our ability to provide the region with a broader base of products.”