Owens Corning to expand European glass capacity

The $50 million investment will rebuild a glass melter and expand production capacity by 25% at the company’s Chambéry, France, facility.

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Owens Corning (Toledo, OH, US) reported on Sept. 29 that it plans to invest US$50 million to rebuild a glass melter and expand production capacity by approximately 25% at its Chambéry, France, composites manufacturing facility. The investment will support the growing demand for thermoplastics in Europe. The melter is expected to be operational by mid-2018.

After the rebuild, all thermoplastic chopped strand products from the Chambéry facility will be based on boron-free Advantex glass. Advantex glass, says Owens Corning, contributes to decreased emissions and reduces the environmental impact of manufacturing fiberglass, compared to standard E-glass. Advantex also reportedly provides superior performance in composites-facing corrosive environments when compared to E-glass.

“This investment will support our customers’ growth in the thermoplastic chopped strand market by ensuring that we continue providing consistent, high-quality products,” says Umberto Rigamonti, Owens Corning vice president and managing director of Glass Reinforcements Europe and Global Thermoplastic Products. “Our Composites business benefits from a strong global footprint, R&D centers in five countries and assets available and committed to support the increasing adoption of composites. The strategic investment in Chambéry strengthens our value proposition to thermoplastic customers, supporting our respective growth agendas.”

In recent years, Owens Corning has invested in facilities and alliances to grow with and support the global and regional thermoplastics markets. In addition, the company has leveraged its innovation resources to steadily launch products that are driving the adoption of thermoplastic polymers and technologies.