PPG Joint Venture Starts Fourth Furnace in China

PPG Industries have announced that its joint venture in China with Nan Ya Plastics Corp. has started a fourth furnace to serve the expanding Asian electronics industries.

With 38,000 metric tons of annual capacity, the new furnace will feature innovative, state of the art technology advancing the manufacturing operation and maximising process efficiency whilst saving energy and reducing emissions.

The printed circuit board industry continues to grow in Asia and Nan Ya built a vertically integrated production campus in Kunshan that included resin, copper foil, glass fabrics, copper-clad laminates and printed circuit boards.

Tom Kerr, PPG vice president for fibreglass said;

Through our collaboration with Nan Ya, we have enabled PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co. Ltd. to maintain its position as the leader in the manufacture of fiber glass yarns for the electronics industry, we remain committed to our partners in Asia and to supporting the global fiber glass industry, its markets and its customers.

PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co. Ltd. was founded back in 2001 as an evenly shared joint venture between PPG Industries and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. With four furnaces, annual capacity of the operation in Kunshan is 144,000 metric tons of electronic-grade glass yarn and reinforcement-grade glass fibre. The companies also jointly own PFG Fiber Glass Corp. in Taiwan, which has three furnaces with approximate production capacity of 90,000 metric tons of mostly electronic-grade glass yarn.

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