AGY ups S-2 Glass capacity to meet U.S. military armor demand

AGY will increase S-2 Glass capacity by 20 percent in an effort to meet increased demand for glass use in military armor applications.

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AGY (Aiken, S.C.), a producer of glass fiber yarns and high-strength glass fiber reinforcements, announced on Nov. 20 that it had increased the production capacity of its S-2 Glass fiber products by 20 percent in response to continued demand for composite armor systems in U.S. military vehicles.

“This is in addition to the 50 percent increase we announced earlier this year, following the completion of our new manufacturing facility in Aiken,” says Drew Walker, AGY’s VP of sales and marketing. “We have already shipped a record amount of S-2 Glass fiber products in 2008, far exceeding previous records set in 2005, 2006 and 2007.”

Fueling the demand for S-2 Glass fiber products are programs currently underway to provide U.S. forces in Iraq  and Afghanistan with armored vehicles that provide better protection against roadside explosives. Walker says that S-2 Glass composite armor systems, which have proven successful on the Humvee (High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle) and MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected), are now being directed into smaller, more agile versions of the MRAP.