Owens Corning readies glass fiber solution
Paris, March 28, 2012
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, has pioneered the first market-ready glass fiber reinforcement to meet the upcoming European commission regulations.
Announcing this at the JEC Composites Show on Wednesday, the company said the new solution will help kitchen appliance and food processing equipment manufacturers comply with impending European regulations on glass fiber used in materials for food and drinking water contact.
Owens Corning’s FoodContact glass fiber solution for reinforced plastic is designed for use in consumer appliance and food manufacturing products such as kitchen utensils and kitchenware; coffee machines; food preparation equipment; ingredient holding tanks; and drinking water systems.
'Developing an understanding of the markets and regulations early has positioned us to help our customers reduce risk of disruption as they work to comply,' said Owens Corning composite solutions business director of Global Thermoplastics, Steve Zirkel.
The reinforcements were developed to perform optimally in high-temperature resins like PPS and LCP as well as PPO, PA and polyester-based resins PBT and PET.
It is available as glass fiber reinforcement in the form of a chopped strand for use in thermoplastic resins. It is the first product to market that meets the upcoming 2016 European Commission regulations for glass fiber sizing, chemical make-up and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), said Zirkel.
“The GMP requirements will hold companies to a greater level of accountability across their entire supply chain,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service