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US glass reinforcement capability expanded as composites centre opens in Shanghai

Owens Corning : 16 September, 2012  (Company News)
Owens Corning's new furnace in its glass reinforcements facility in Tlaxcala (Mexico) is now operational. This is the latest step the company has taken to increase its global capacity to produce composite material.
US glass reinforcement capability expanded as composites centre opens in Shanghai

The Tlaxcala plant expansion will support increased manufacturing of Owens Corning's corrosion-resistant Advantex glass and will initially produce assembled roving and dry-use chopped strands. The new furnace more than doubles production capacity at the facility.

"Last year we announced the decision to increase production capacity in our Tlaxcala facility to support the steady increase in global demand," said Marcio Sandri, vice president and managing director for the company's global glass reinforcements business. "This is aligned with our business strategy to reposition our assets to reduce manufacturing cost."

Meanwhile, the company has announced the opening of its new China Composites Center in Shanghai. Featuring a state-of-the-art research and development facility, the 6,000-square-meter centere will provide a full array of technical capabilities to offer advanced composite material expertise and solutions for the China market. The China Composites Center will also partner with local universities and institutes specialising in material science, chemistry, characterization and processing, while composites training for industry will also be conducted.
 
“China has a huge market of composite materials with great potential in performance material solutions,” said Paul Wei, managing director of China Glass Reinforcements, Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business.

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