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PGI Introduces Nonwovens Fabrics

North Charleston, S.C.-based Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) recently introduced a number of new products.

MediSoft is a line of fabrics that offers a 50-percent increase in softness compared to standard spunmelt fabrics used in medical applications, according to the company. Commercially available, MediSoft fabrics are made in a PGI facility in China.

Comfortlace is a line of high-performance fabrics for feminine hygiene products. The fabrics are made with PGI's proprietary Laminar Air Controlled Embossing (LACE) technology, a new manufacturing process that adds a soft, 3-D image or bulky surface layer to a reticulated film. PGI said features of the fabrics include customizable appearance, and improved absorbency and comfort.

PGI will use its Apex® technology to manufacture new fabrics for the consumer wipes market. The technology is a hydroentanglement-based manufacturing process that allows the incorporation of unique 3-D imaging directly into the fabric. PGI said it has committed more than 40,000 metric tons of capacity to produce these new fabrics.

Targeting the bedding industry, PGI is certifying functional and economic flame-retardant (FR) solutions that meet California's new open-flame mattress standard and is introducing a new family of fabrics. The company said mattresses constructed using its FR fabrics will pass the test protocol specified in the standard. In addition, PGI said fabrics made using its spunlace technology will not grin through facing fabrics, enabling them to appear white.

June 2004