Owens Corning says that it plans to invest US$50 million to rebuild a glass melter and expand production capacity by approximately 25% at its composites manufacturing facility in Chambéry, France. The melter is expected to be operational by mid-2018.

‘This investment will support our customers’ growth in the thermoplastic chopped strand market by ensuring that we continue providing consistent, high-quality products,’ said Umberto Rigamonti, Owens Corning’s VP. ‘The strategic investment in Chambéry strengthens our value proposition to thermoplastic customers, supporting our respective growth agendas.’

After the rebuild, all thermoplastic chopped strand products from the Chambéry facility will be based on boron-free Advantex glass, which helps decrease emissions and reduces the environmental impact of manufacturing glass fiber when compared to standard E-glass, the company said.

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