Owens Corning, a world leader in glass fiber reinforcements and residential and commercial building materials, announced that it has licensed its award-winning Twintex® reinforcement technology to Fiber Glass Industries, Inc., Amsterdam, N.Y.
Twintex® technology will be used by Fiber Glass Industries to produce GLASS POLYPRO™ roving and fabrics that combine glass fibers and polypropylene filaments. The proprietary and ready-to-use thermoplastic and glass fiber technology is designed to produce reinforcements with high mechanical properties such as excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio and superior impact resistance. Twintex® technology also provides freedom of design and easily recyclable products.
“We are delighted to establish another source of products made with Twintex® technology,” said Marcio Sandri, vice president and managing director, Americas, for Owens Corning’s Composites Group. “The additional availability of reinforcement products made with this innovative technology will extend its use in a variety of processes and markets.”
“We are proud to manufacture a new line of co-mingled glass and thermoplastic fibers using industry-leading technology,” said Tom Bruce, director of sales and marketing at Fiber Glass Industries. “This will allow for continuity of supply in the U.S. for co-mingled glass and thermoplastic roving products, and also allow us to work with our customers to develop new applications for the products.”
Bruce said production of GLASS POLYPRO™ roving and fabrics by Fiber Glass Industries will begin in September. Until then, material needs will be provided by Owens Corning.
Earlier this year, an application of Twintex® technology received one of the composites industry’s highest awards. The honor, awarded at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, the world’s largest exhibition for composites materials, was for the products and technology used to make window lineals. The breakthrough technology, using Twintex® co-mingled glass fiber and polymer reinforcements, eliminated the need for steel inserts to strengthen the parts, which allowed the manufacturer to eliminate a separate insertion step from the process.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning is a leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials. A Fortune 500 company for 55 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning had sales of $6 billion in 2008 and about 16,500 employees. OCV™ Reinforcements, OCV™ Technical Fabrics and OCV™ Non-Woven Technologies are the three main business units that comprise the Owens Corning’s Composites Group. The business delivers a broad range of reinforcement products that provide lightweight alternatives to steel, wood and aluminum, thereby reducing weight and improving energy efficiency.
About Fiber Glass Industries
Fiber Glass Industries, Inc. (FGI) of Amsterdam, NY has been a supplier to fiberglass composites manufacturers for more than 50 years. The company started with a full line of woven fiberglass and combination products. From there it installed and continues to operate its own furnace and is now one of the top producers of specialty fiberglass mat and cloth products for closed mold/RTM fiberglass composites manufacturers. FGI also produces high-strength stitch-bonded fiberglass fabrics for a variety of industries.