Daramic, LLC Announces Capacity Expansion of Thailand Operations

March 21st, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC – March 21, 2011– Daramic, LLC, a division of Polypore International, Inc., recently announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Prachinburi, Thailand, which is already the largest polyethylene battery separator manufacturing site in Asia. The project is estimated for completion in early 2012 and includes the addition of a full production line.

"Growing Daramic’s presence in Asia-Pacific is a top priority for our company,” said Pierre Hauswald, vice president and general manager, Daramic. “Our continued investment in Prachinburi furthers our commitment to provide customers with a local source of high-performance products and innovative solutions.”
Daramic, a global leader in the lead-acid battery separator market, manufactures a full range of high-performance polyethylene battery separators at its Prachinburi plant. The previous expansion, completed in late 2008, significantly increased the site’s capacity.


Polypore International, Inc. is a global high technology filtration company specializing in microporous membranes. Polypore’s flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes are used in specialized applications that require the removal or separation of various materials from liquids, primarily in the ultrafiltration and microfiltration markets. Based in Charlotte, NC, Polypore International, Inc. is a market leader with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in nine countries serving six continents. See www.polypore.net.


Daramic, LLC – part of Polypore’s Energy Storage business segment – produces polyethylene battery separator membranes used primarily in transportation and industrial applications. Daramic has ten manufacturing plants and three technical centers that serve a global customer base. See www.daramic.com
Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions or that include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results and performance to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include the following: the highly competitive nature of the markets in which we sell our products; the failure to continue to develop innovative products; the loss of our customers; the vertical integration by our customers of the production of our products into their own manufacturing process; increases in prices for raw materials or the loss of key supplier contracts; our substantial indebtedness; interest rate risk related to our variable rate indebtedness; our inability to generate cash; restrictions related to the senior secured credit facility; employee slowdowns, strikes or similar actions; product liability claims exposure; risks in connection with our operations outside the United States; the incurrence of substantial costs to comply with, or as a result of violations of, or liabilities under, environmental laws; the failure to protect our intellectual property; the failure to replace lost senior management; the incurrence of additional debt, contingent liabilities and expenses in connection with future acquisitions; the adverse impact on our financial condition from past restructuring activities; the failure to effectively integrate newly acquired operations; the absence of expected returns from the amount of intangible assets we have recorded; and natural disasters, epidemics, terrorist acts and other events beyond our control. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of our most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Polypore expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Polypore's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Accept All Necessary Only