Johns Manville (JM, Denver, CO, US) announced on Feb. 27 that it will expand its glass fiber operations plant in Etowah, TN, US, to service the increasing needs of the engineered thermoplastics industry.
“The composites industry is growing steadily and we are convinced that current and future industry trends will continue to drive increasing demand for glass fiber products,” says Brian Sapp, global fibers business director for JM Engineered Products. “We are making this investment to support our customers’ plans for growth, and we will continue with innovations in technology and product development in fibers to support our customers.”
The planned expansion in Etowah includes a new furnace to support the launch of the next generation of global products for reinforced thermoplastic composites. The new furnace, due to start up in mid-2016, will allow for production growth and flexibility within JM’s product families for polyamides, polyesters and polypropylenes that are used in automotive, electrical and consumer applications.
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