Vetrotex increases capacity of its Czech facility

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex will expand one of its two furnaces at the Litomysl plant in Czech Republic to increase its textile glass fiber capacity by 8,000 tons per year.

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Saint-Gobain Vetrotex (Aachen, Germany), a manufacturer of textile glass fiber in Europe and the Americas, reported on Dec. 20 that it is planning to increase its production capacities in 2014.

Given its rising sales in 2013, the company decided to carry out a major expansion of one of its two furnaces at the Litomysl plant in Czech Republic. The furnace will be adapted for the higher-performing Vetrotex technology, which will allow a capacity increase of 8,000 tons per year. In recent years, Vetrotex has taken advantage of each scheduled overhaul of its furnaces to bring the technology up to the highest level, standardize it between the different plants, and increase furnace output.

The Litomysl furnace, which was initially built based on a different licensed technology, will be modernized using the latest Vetrotex technology. "This investment allows us to fulfill our clients’ wish to obtain textile glass fiber locally from a partner that has an in-depth understanding of the industry. It is essential to show our flexibility and responsiveness in the face ever-more-volatile demand,” says Raimund Heinl, president of the activity. “By reinforcing our own presence and competiveness, we contribute to our clients’ growth.”

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex manufactures textole glass fiber, such as twisted yarns, texturized yarns and Zerotwist products in Europe and the Americas. The company mainly serves construction, industrial and automotive customers.