Please can you start by introducing yourself, telling us about your background, and that of Owens Corning?

I am Bryan Minges, Global Product Manager, Pipe, at Owens Corning. I joined Owens Corning in 2011 and have served in a variety of Strategic Marketing roles with increasing responsibility spanning Injection Molding, Open Molding, Panel Lamination, Pultrusion, Wind and, most recently, Pipe.

Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company's market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 15,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years. You can find more information on our website, http://www.owenscorning.com.

At JEC this year you’re launching a new range of products for high- and low-pressure filament winding applications. But before we get into the details, can you remind us of what filament winding application is?

Filament winding is the process of creating a cylinder, or vessel, by winding fiberglass and resin (polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy or polyurethane) around a mandrel, then curing and extracting the mandrel. Filament winding applications compose the largest glass reinforcements market in the world with 655,000 tons of roving sold per year. Applications include power and energy (refineries, power plants, off-shore platforms, liquid propane gas, etc.); petrochemicals; marine; and water distribution (desalination, treatment, sewage, etc.).

Owens Corning defines ‘high-pressure’ as those applications using epoxy resin, and ‘low-pressure’ as applications that use polyester, vinyl ester or polyurethane. This range of solutions ensures the compatibility of our products with the resins used in the application.

This article appeared in the May/June issue of Reinforced Plastics.

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