AGY takes E-Glass fiber yarn to European market

Low production costs at new Shanghai facility allow AGY to be competitive in Europe with E-Glass fiber yarn for concrete reinforcement and other applications.

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AGY (Aiken, S.C., USA), a global producer of glass fiber yarns and high-strength glass fiber reinforcements, announced on April 19 that it has entered the European market with E-Glass fiber yarn manufactured in its Shanghai, China, plant.

Up until now, AGY has not participated in the high-tensile glass fiber yarn market in Europe due primarily to the high duties associated with servicing these markets from the United States. The recent expansion of its yarn manufacturing footprint to Shanghai, where production costs are lower, means that AGY can now be competitive in the European market. "With the addition of AGY Shanghai to our manufacturing infrastructure," said Drew Walker, AGY vice president of sales and marketing. "We can now match low-cost manufacturing with our high-tensile sizing technology and local service warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium."

High tensile E-Glass yarns are needed for woven and scrim applications where fabric tear strength and fabric tensile retention are key product attributes. "High-tensile E-Glass yarns have been used for many years for products like cement board and roofing membranes," explained Walker. "They not only increase the tear strength of the fabric, they also offer fabric stability and fire resistance. And, when used in contact with concrete, these fabrics also provide excellent cracking resistance, long-lasting mechanical strength and high impact strength. Ensuring our customers are getting the best possible price is equally as important as ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery."

While E-Glass is the most common form of reinforcing yarn and has been around for many years, it is continually being discovered by design engineers and fabricators looking for more high-tech solutions to age old problems such as how to extend the life of a concrete structure or how to solve certain structural issues in historic buildings. "We believe that as the technology becomes better understood, we will see double-digit growth in this market for years to come," added Walker.