Owens Corning restarts glass fiber manufacturing in Italy

The Vado, Italy, facility has been converted to Owens Corning’s patented boron and fluorine-free Advantex technology platform.

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Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio) announced on Sept. 11 that the company will restart its glass fiber reinforcement manufacturing facility in Vado, Italy, during the fourth quarter. The facility has been converted to the company’s patented boron and fluorine-free Advantex technology platform. The platform is said to offer a higher performing glass fiber and a significantly smaller environmental footprint compared with standard E-glass processes.

The Advantex glass fiber process is more energy efficient, resulting in less demand for fossil fuel and emissions reductions of up to 40 percent carbon dioxide, 75 percent nitrogen oxides, 40 percent sulfur oxide, 90 percent particulates.

The Vado conversion is part of a previously announced plan to install Advantex glass technology in composites facilities acquired from Saint-Gobain in 2007. The Vado plant produces chopped glass fiber strands primarily used to reinforce thermoplastics in a variety of applications for the transportation, consumer and electronics markets.

“As business activity regains strength in the region and globally, we’re excited to not only be restarting capacity to meet customer demand, but also to be bringing technology online that’s great for our customers, great for our company, and great for the planet,” said Arnaud Genis, vice president and managing director, Europe, OCV Reinforcements.

Owens Corning chief sustaility officer Frank O’Brien Bernini added, “Reducing the environmental footprint and energy intensity of our manufacturing facilities underscores our commitment to sustainability while providing products that benefit our customers.”