PPG Industries’ (Pittsburgh, Pa.) fiberglass business says it restarted a glass furnace, May 12, in Shelby, N.C., the second such announcement this year. The first, on Feb. 23, involved a furnace in Lexington, N.C. The furnaces, idled during the recession, restore about 38,000 metric tonnes (83.8 million lb) to PPG’s annual glass fiber capacity and will meet new demand in the automotive and wind energy sectors. “The market is demanding energy efficiency,” says Greg Terchick, PPG’s global marketing manager, direct draw, noting that glass composites are, thus, in greater demand.
Editor PickJEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.