Nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc is to install a new spunmelt line at its Mooresville, North Carolina facility to meet customer demand for its products in North America.

The company will install a Reifenhauser Reico IV spunmelt line targeted primarily at serving the hygiene and industrial markets of North America. The company expects construction to begin at the existing site by the end of April 2005 and commercial production is planned for the second quarter of 2006.

The new line - which will give PGI the top hygiene market share in the region - will supply customers with fine denier materials that are softer and lighter than products available from conventional technology and have improved barrier qualities.

Additionally, the line will be capable of proprietary processes and will offer advanced treating systems.

PGI's chief executive officer, James Schaeffer, said that the company was impleneting strategies to expand in ever major world region and that its plan included "both developing and mature regions as opportunities present themselves".

Polymer Group Inc is a global technology-driven developer, producer and marketer of engineered materials. PGI supplies nonwovens to leading consumer and industrial product manufacturers and operates 21 manufacturing facilities throughout the world.