Owens Corning opens Chinese composites facility

To open in early 2012, Owens Corning’s China Composites Center in Shanghai will focus on prototyping, testing, tech support and solutions development.

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Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio, USA), a producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, announced on Sept. 6 that it will open its China Composites Center in Shanghai, China, in early 2012.

The center will have a staff of scientists and engineers using state-of-the-art facilities to focus on customer activities including composites prototyping, materials testing, designing with composites, technical support and developing new solutions, particularly in applications for renewable energy, residential and commercial building and vehicle components.

"Our new China Composites Center in Shanghai demonstrates our commitment to provide customers locally with customized solutions," said Owens Corning vice president of Innovations for the Composite Solutions Business, Dr. Ashish Diwanji. "We will partner with our customers in the region to grow the use of composites materials in existing and new applications."

The team will be part of an integrated global network of scientists and engineers connected to the company's innovation sites around the world in Granville, USA; Chambery, France; Zele, Belgium; Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Ibaraki, Japan. The team will also partner with local universities and institutes specializing in material science, chemistry, characterization and processing.