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Unifi and Palmetto Synthetics announce agreement

Industry News | July 29, 2013 | By:

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has announced its first manufacturing and distribution relationship, to be held with Palmetto Synthetics LLC. Under this relationship, Unifi’s REPREVE® chip, produced at the REPREVE Recycling Center, will be purchased and processed by Palmetto into staple fiber and will be sold under the REPREVE brand name. This will provide the textile industry with a U.S.-made REPREVE staple fiber product option.

Available as either natural or solution-dyed polyester staple fiber, REPREVE products produced by Palmetto will be NAFTA and Berry Amendment compliant. REPREVE staple fiber is suitable in a range of applications, including apparel, military, denim, upholstery, industrial, medical, automotive and nonwoven products.

The products produced out of the REPREVE Recycled Center are third-party certified for recycled content claims through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Additionally, Unifi recently received the SCS Responsible Source certification, confirming that REPREVE products are responsibly produced and in compliance with environmental and social regulations. Palmetto’s NatureSpun™ product will be replaced with REPREVE and any existing NatureSpun adoptions will be converted over to REPREVE.

South Carolina-based Palmetto Synthetics LLC is a privately held company in the staple fiber industry providing quality, specialty thermoplastic fibers that add value to the products of their global customer base. The company produces specialty synthetics fibers, including solution dyed and specialty polymers and additives for automotive, military, apparel and industrial applications.

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) is a diversified producer and processor of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials.

Source Unifi, Inc.

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