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PGI Canada Expands With Fabrene, Teams Difco With Colorama

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) Canada’s Fabrene Group, Canada, has completed the first of two installations that are part of an $8 million investment in new technology to expand its printing and coating capacity.

Fabrene will use a new wide-width extrusion coating and laminating line in the production of multilayered nonwovens, film, foils and paper. The line also will be used to coat products with specialty resins for a range of technical end-uses. The company also is installing a flexographic printing line that will enable printing on materials greater than 144 inches in width, thereby improving Fabrene’s flexibility and ability to quickly provide customized printed materials.

In other news, PGI Canada’s Difco business — a provider of high-performance woven automotive, filtration and industrial products; and flame-resistant (FR) apparel and turnout gear — has signed a strategic agreement with Canada-based Colorama Dyeing and Finishing Inc.

According to PGI Canada, the partnership allows PGI Difco to continue providing high-quality FR products, and woven cotton and polyester/cotton products; as well as to bring new products into its portfolio. It already has introduced knitted sheared fleece FR fabrics for clothing designed to meet National Fire Protection Association 70E regulations regarding protection against electrical arcs.

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