Fulltech Fiber Glass (FFG, Taipei, Taiwan) and its North American partner, B&W Fiber Glass (Shelby, N.C.), have successfully opened and started up their newest glass fiber yarn production facility in Hu Wei, Taiwan. The plant is equipped with what is said to be not only the most advanced but also the single largest glass fiber furnace in the world. The annual output capacity of the new facility is reportedly 48,000 metric tonnes (105.8 million lb), and its fiber output is targeted to industrial and electronic applications. The new furnace brings the company’s total yarn production capacity to nearly 84,000 metric tonnes (185.2 million lb). With the new facility in full production, FFG/B&W claims it will be the world’s second-largest producer of glass fiber yarn.