Owens Corning (OC, Toledo, Ohio) revealed on Oct. 30 that a new furnace in its Gous-Khroustalny, Russia, glass reinforcements facility is operational, doubling plant capacity. The latest step to increase OC’s global production capacity, the furnace will serve markets in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), made up of former Soviet republics.
“Two years ago, we decided to increase production capacity in our Gous-Khroustalny facility to support the growing needs of our CIS customers,” said Umberto Rigamonti, VP and managing director for the glass reinforcements business in Europe. “This is aligned with our business strategy to support growth in emerging markets with local assets,” he continued.
The Gous-Khroustalny plant will manufacture OC’s trademarked corrosion-resistant Advantex glass locally.
The furnace start-up followed the opening, in Shanghai, China, of OC’s new China Composites Center, reportedly equipped with a state-of-the-art 6,000m2 (64,584 ft2) R&D facility.
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