Owens Corning to invest in glass nonwovens

Owens Corning will invest $130 million in North America to expand its global glass nonwovens business.

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Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio, USA), a global producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials, announced on June 19 a $130 million investment in North America to expand its global glass nonwovens business. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating capability and research and development activities, with future expansion options.

The North American facility will use Owens Corning glass fibers supplied from existing facilities and will specialize in high-quality glass nonwoven applications including wall covering, ceiling and flooring, specialty insulation, gypsum, and automotive products.  The location of the new facility has been narrowed to several states, with the final determination based on the proximity to customers, availability of talent, infrastructure and natural resources, and a favorable business environment. Final site selection is expected to be completed in the near future.

According to Owens Corning group president Arnaud Genis, “There is a limited supply of glass non-woven products serving the global building materials market today. As projections for long-term growth are optimistic, our customers have been eagerly waiting for Owens Corning to offer more of our unique products and solutions to support and accelerate their growth. This new investment further leverages our integrated position as a glass fiber and glass nonwoven supplier, and will complement existing non-woven facilities in North America and Europe to ensure we remain the global leader in glass non-woven technology.”