Nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc is increasing the price of nonwoven roll goods in North America by up to 12 per cent, blaming rapid increases in raw material and energy costs.

The increases, effective 1 October, will primarily apply to products with petroleum-based raw materials including polyester, polypropylene and polyethylene the North Charleston, SC-based company said on Monday.

Additionally, price increases of up to 15 per cent will be implemented for certain oriented polyolefin products.

Outside of North America, the company will implement price increases on polypropylene-based products, with the amount of price impact dependent on local market factors.

James Schaeffer, PGI chief executive officer, said in a statement: "Hurricane Katrina's impact on the US Gulf Coast has resulted in dramatic increases in raw material ingredients and energy costs for PGI's suppliers. In response, our suppliers are increasing prices to PGI."

He added that the petroleum-based supply chain is being impacted around the world.