One of the world’s largest suppliers of polyester is making a $35 million investment in Spartanburg County. Auriga Polymers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, is expanding its existing operations’ capabilities.
“Indorama Ventures is constantly evolving its portfolio and technologies to help our customers grow,” said Auriga Polymers Inc. VP of Polymers and Fibers Tom Brekovsky. “This added capacity increases Auriga’s position to support our customers who are seeing growing demand for specialty materials in all sectors of the nonwovens marketplace. Through the co-location of specialty PET polymers and staple fiber production at our Auriga Polymers Spartanburg site, we are uniquely positioned to tailor our fiber portfolio to our customers’ requirements. Auriga’s staple fibers have been setting a high standard in the US marketplace for many years, and we are very excited about the many possibilities we will be able to offer to our customers in the future.”
This investment will include the installation of an extruder system and other production efficiencies. It will add 15,000 tons of extrusion-based fiber spinning capacity to the Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. With this new expansion, Auriga Polymers will be able to produce fibers based on environmentally-friendly polymers such as PLA as well as specialty polyester and post-consumer recycled polymers.
The plant, which is located at 1550 Dewberry Road, produces polyester fibers, resins, and specialty polymers currently used in bottles, trays, sheets, film and textile applications. The site is also home to the Global Research and Development facilities for Indorama Ventures PLC. Bottles made from Auriga’s resins are used for carbonated soft drinks, water, beer, juice, wine and food.
For more information on Auriga Polymers and Indorama Ventures, visit www.indoramaventures.com.