Johns Manville's Slovakia plant.
Johns Manville's Slovakia plant.

JM says the expanded furnace, scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2012, will expand the production of selected products by as much as 40%.

"We feel confident that this major investment will continue to support our customers' plans for growth and underscores JM's commitment to growing the composites industry," states Enno Henze, vice president and general manager for Engineered Products Europe/Asia, Johns Manville.

JM's products include ThermoFlow® chopped strands and StarRov® LFT Roving for thermoplastic compounds and, for thermosets, StarRov® Roving for continuous glass reinforcement and MultiStar® Roving for choppable glass strands.

US headquartered Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a manufacturer products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibres and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications.