PBI Performance Products announces major capacity expansion, advanced polymer applications

PBI Performance Products, Inc. announced at its recent 25th Anniversary Open House that over the next five years it will invest 15 million dollars at its Rock Hill, South Carolina facility to support the growing demand for its top-rated fire-resistant fibers and will develop advanced polymer applications using its Celazole®PBI polymer. This will be the first major expansion since the original facility was started in 1983 and represents a 50% capacity increase that includes new state-of-the-art fiber spinning technology and newly developed processes for adapting Celazole®PBI polymers to applications in separations, coatings and films. This investment is expected to create 19 new jobs, with at least 10 new jobs in the first year. The engineering design phase will take approximately 15 months, with ground-breaking expected in 2010.

“The constantly growing number of applications where polybenzimidazole fibers and polymers have proven their value necessitates we invest in the future with expanded capacity and new process technology that will precede and surpass the expectations of the market,” said Grant Reeves, President of PBI Performance Products. “We will be proactive in this endeavor by continuing to maintain excess capacity for large programs, with direct support for research and development, global marketing to publicize PBI’s unmatched physical properties and collaboration with the world’s most respected designers and engineers. In its various forms and in sufficient quantities to support any program, PBI Performance Products will always be ready to supply PBI fibers and polymers.”

PBI Performance Products is the world’s only producer of polybenzimidazole (PBI) fiber and polymer. PBI fiber is the most inherently flame-resistant and thermally stable fiber in the world, and PBI polymer is the highest performance engineering thermoplastic. PBI fiber will not burn in air, does not melt or drip, and will retain its strength and flexibility after exposure to flame. PBI fibers form the backbone of various fabric blends, providing flame-resistance and thermal protection with the highest level of comfort, durability, and protection. PBI Performance Products works with end-users worldwide to develop and support the use of PBI in a wide spectrum of markets, including protective clothing for fire service, military and industrial workers; semiconductor and electronics; and aerospace, automotive, and various other high temperature applications.

PBI Performance Products is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates a dedicated manufacturing facility located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and global sales offices in England, Germany, Spain and Hong Kong.

More: www.PBIproducts.com

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