Owens corning opens new glass fiber manufacturing facility in Hangzhou, China

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 28 June 2011

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(2011), "Owens corning opens new glass fiber manufacturing facility in Hangzhou, China", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 58 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/acmm.2011.12858daa.005

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Owens corning opens new glass fiber manufacturing facility in Hangzhou, China

Article Type: Industrial news From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 58, Issue 4

Owens Corning, the global producer of glass fiber reinforcements, held in March 2011 the official opening ceremony of its new production facility in the Yuhang Economic and Development Zone, Hangzhou, China. Nearly 300 customers, suppliers, local government representatives and global corporate leaders joined the celebration.

The plant significantly expands the company’s capacity in China and represents a major milestone in the 73-year history of Owens Corning.

“Building a new facility in China is part of our global business strategy to supply our customers locally in growing regions of the world,” said Owens Corning Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Thaman. “The new Yuhang plant represents Owens Corning’s commitment to serve our customers and the fast-growing China market.”

Capacity from the new Yuhang plant, currently in its first phase of operation, will augment output from an existing facility nearby, and will supply rovings to the Asia Pacific market which are currently being imported from Europe and the Americas. The new facility employs approximately 280 people and brings the number of composite production sites in Asia to eight.

The new plant is designed for world-class energy efficiency, combining Owens Corning’s patented Advantex® glass formulation together with its advanced glass melting technology. A proven product introduced to the global market in the late 1990s, Owens Corning’s proprietary Advantex® glass is both an E-glass and a boron-free corrosion resistant E-CR glass and possesses superior corrosion resistance in acidic, water and alkaline environments. Advantex® glass also offers high mechanical properties, high fatigue resistance and strength-to-weight ratio ideal for a wide variety of fiber-reinforced plastic applications such as wind turbine blades, pipe and pressured vessels.

“We are very excited to bring our best-in-class technology here to China,” said Vice President and Managing Director, Owens Corning China, Jean-Marc Sinkora. “This investment enables us to serve our Asia Pacific customers with local supply, allowing them to bring products to market more quickly and more cost effectively.”

More information is available from: www.owenscorning.com

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