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REINFORCEMENT | ADDITIVES


Reinforcing options for compounders


Glass reinforcement makers are improving products and enhancing their supply positions to cater for increasingly global customers.Peter Mapleston finds out more


Glass fibre reinforcements are a pretty mature product. While there may be opportunity to further improve performance in thermoplastics applica- tions, judging from some of the most recent announcements and conversations with fibre manufacturers it seems we may be nearing the limits. Even so, potential surprises remain, as one major has recently demonstrated and we will discuss later. For the most part, however, industry focus has turned to ensuring compounders can count on continuity and consistency of supply wherever they are in the world. Outside the world of glass, meanwhile, interesting work is going on to provide reinforcement with alternative materials – and in one case at least not using fibres at all. Japan’s Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) is certainly


on a growth path in glass fibre. Last year, it ac- quired PPG’s manufacturing facilities, R&D and administrative operations in the US, adding them to the European PPG glass fibre operations it ac- quired in 2016. The move means it now has production locations in the three main market


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regions. PPG also divested its ownership interests in two Asian glass joint ventures co-owned with Nan Ya Plastics in 2016 as well. NEG has a 42-year history in production of glass


fibres and has been building up its presence in the sector for several years. Its operation in Malaysia is the largest chopped strand production site in the world and its global glass fibre capacity is over one million tonnes. Co den Besten, Marketing and R&D Director


EMEA at NEG, says that the company has invested more than €100m in the European and US loca- tions to support the growth of the business. In Lexington in North Carolina in the US, for example, a furnace has been switched from production of yarns to chopped strands as of July this year. And at its Wigan location in the UK, a furnace has been rebuilt to give the company the chance to intro- duce improved technology that den Besten says will result in improved efficiency and increased capacity. In Hoogezand in the Netherlands, a large investment is underway in a new furnace that is projected to start up early next year. In addition, an


Main image: Owens Corning says almost all of its chopped strand products are now boron-free Advantex glass, which offers environ- mental gains over standard E-glass


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