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Owens Corning, a global producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, is building a new advanced technology facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, that will help meet demand for bio-based products.
The new, state-of-the-art equipment will add manufacturing flexibility to produce different widths of the company's new Sustaina non-woven glass fiber fabric. This will enable more customers to use the product in their applications.Sustaina surfacing and reinforcing glass non-wovens were introduced to the European market in June 2013. This solution uses a bio-based binder system with high tensile strength performance and does not contain any formaldehyde. The new plant will be able to run four-meter widths of Sustaina fabric, rather than the narrower width currently produced on existing assets.Sustaina fabric, is designed for use in residential and commercial building applications, like cushion vinyl flooring, ceiling backings, and insulation facers. For carpet tiles, Sustainanon-wovens' high hot tensile strength is an advantage over non-wovens with acrylic binders. Sustaina non-wovens also offer significant cost savings over conventional non-urea-formaldehyde non-wovens.More information: www.owenscorning.com