Glass fibre products produced at the JM Slovakia plant are used to reinforce both thermoset and thermoplastic polymers.
Glass fibre products produced at the JM Slovakia plant are used to reinforce both thermoset and thermoplastic polymers.

JM says the investment involves replacing and expanding a furnace at its Trnava, Slovakia, plant, which is expected to be operational by the end of September 2012. Products from this manufacturing process are used to reinforce both thermoset and thermoplastic polymers, in addition to supplying internal demand.

This new melting capacity follows JM’s 2004 investment in direct roving and chopped strands capacity at Trnava.

“Over the last couple of years we have focused our research and development activities on enhancing our product portfolio of chopped strands for the reinforcement of thermoplastic polymers," states Enno Henze, vice president and general manager for JM Engineered Products Europe/Asia. "And the efforts are truly paying off as our products are recognised for their leading performance, resetting industry standards in specific applications and driving strong demand for our products.”

"We are committed to supporting our customers’ innovative growth in preparation for an improved economy in the second half of this year," he adds.

Denver, USA, headquartered Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, supplies premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing and roof insulation, as well as fibres and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications.