January 30, 2014

Polypore Announces Long-Term Lithium Separator Supply Agreement With Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO) today announced that its Celgard subsidiary and Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") have entered into a long-term supply agreement under which Samsung will purchase Celgard® brand separator to be used in its electric drive vehicle and energy storage system lithium-ion batteries. This long-term agreement includes guaranteed purchase and supply volume requirements and an initial four-year term with a two-year extension provision.

"We are pleased to partner with an industry leader like Samsung, and we believe this agreement underscores the value of our capacity investments and our proven industry-leading products and technology, while providing certainty of supply to meet our customers' needs in this growing application space," said Robert B. Toth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Polypore. "We are impressed with Samsung's market position and the opportunities they have on both current and future vehicle models, as well as their demonstrated commitment to supplying global customer growth."

Polypore expects to announce its fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results on February 24, 2014 after market close and will take questions regarding current business matters at that time.

About Polypore International, Inc.

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.

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CONTACT: Polypore International, Inc.

         Investor Relations

         Paul Clegg

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         investorrelations@polypore.net


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