Jushi Group Co. Ltd. (Tongxiang, Zhejiang, China), the world’s largest manufacturer of glass fiber, announced at JEC Europe 2015 that it is expanding its production capacity in Egypt, and building a new facility in the United States.
Jushi’s Egyptian plant opened in 2013 with 80,000 metric tons capacity. That is being expanded with the addition of another 80,000 metric tons to come online in 2016, followed in 2017 by a new 40,000-metric-ton furnace for the manufacture of specialty glass fibers.
In Richland, SC, US, Jushi will erect a new facility that will copy the Egyptian plant in capacity and capability. Phase I of that plant (80,000 metric tons) is expected to open first quarter 2017, with the second 80,000 metric tons and 40,000 metric tons of specialty glass to follow. Company officials say the US plant will employ 600-700 people initially, with up to 1,000 eventually. Jushi also reported at JEC that the global glass fiber capacity is about 4.7 million tons, 32% of which is used with thermoplastic materials.