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Auriga Polymers, Inc. expanding Upstate operations

Company investing more than $35 million to expand Spartanburg County operations

Published Monday, November 2, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Auriga Polymers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, one of the world’s largest suppliers of polyester, is expanding its existing operations’ capabilities in Spartanburg County with an investment of more than $35 million.

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.

QUOTES

“I am excited that Indorama Ventures is confident in our company and continues to invest in the operations and the people of South Carolina. This investment further enhances our ability to support our customers and markets with high value added products while continuing to provide employment for 450 families.” –Auriga Polymers Inc. VP of Operations Mark Holden

“Indorama Ventures is constantly evolving its portfolio and technologies to help our customers grow. 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.” –Auriga Polymers Inc. VP of Polymers and Fibers Tom Brekovsky

“Auriga Polymers’ decision to expand in Spartanburg County is another great example of how South Carolinians continue to benefit from the thriving manufacturing industry in our state. This $35 million investment speaks to Auriga’s tremendous commitment to our state and its people, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow here.”– Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is proudly leading the manufacturing renaissance, and Auriga Polymers’ expansion is yet another win for the burgeoning manufacturing industry in our state. This new investment only strengthens the reputation that the Palmetto State and its highly-skilled workforce have earned for making quality products.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Spartanburg County is pleased to work with Auriga Polymers on this latest expansion as it ensures they remain a global leader in the advanced materials industry.  This investment of $35 million will not only increase their production capacity it also represents an investment in new state of the art machinery and equipment.  We are pleased Auriga Polymers has chosen Spartanburg for this investment and we thank the over 400 existing associates for their dedication and hard work.” – David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Auriga Polymers Inc. is expanding its operations in Spartanburg County.
  • $35 million investment.
  • The Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. was acquired by Indorama Ventures in March 2011.
  • This expansion will add 15,000 tons of extrusion-based fiber spinning capacity to the Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Those looking to join the Auriga Polymers, Inc. team should visit SCworks.org.

About Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, which operates more than 60 locations in 19 countries, employing approximately 12,000 workers across the globe, is one of the world’s leading petrochemical producers and a leading manufacturer of PET resins, fibers, filaments and wool yarns. Indorama Venture’s products serve major players in diversified end-use markets, including food, beverages, personal and home care, health care, automotive, textile and industrial. The Auriga Polymers manufacturing site in Spartanburg, S.C. was acquired by Indorama Ventures in March 2011.

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