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Owens Corning builds $130M glass nonwovens facility

Owens Corning, a global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials, has announced 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 and include future expansion options.

20th June 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Toledo, OH

Construction, Industrial

“There is a limited supply of glass nonwoven 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 fibre and glass non-woven 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,”  commented Owens Corning Group President Arnaud Genis.

The North American facility will use Owens Corning glass fibres 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 favourable business environment. Final site selection is expected to be completed in the near future.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, Owens Corning had sales of $5.2 billion in 2012 and employs 15,000 employees in 27 countries on five continents. The Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business delivers a broad range of reinforcement products that provide lightweight alternatives to steel, wood and aluminium, thereby reducing weight and improving energy efficiency.

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