Glass fiber specialist AGY (Aikin, SC, US) told CW at JEC Europe 2015 (March 10-12) that it is in the midst of aggressive expansion of its S-2 and L glass capacity. Iain Montgomery, global manager, new business development, says Phase 1 of its S-2 expansion came online in January 2015, to be followed by Phase 2 in mid-2015.
Montgomery says AGY doesn’t release exact capacity figures, but he did say the expansion increases S-2 production capability by 30%. AGY’s specialty L-glass product, for PCB boards and electronics applications, will expand by 200% by the end of 2015. Montgomery says that growth, from a relatively small capacity now, is fueled in part by the material’s low signal decay properties, which has made it highly attractive to electronics manufacturers.
Finally, in 2014 AGY acquired Owens Corning’s (Toledo, OH, US) S-glass product line and has been selling product from acquired stock; Montgomery says AGY will soon officially add the S-glass product to its portfolio and establish production plans.