Johns Manville has announced it will expand its glass fibre operations plant in Etowah, Tennessee, to service the increasing needs of the engineered thermoplastics industry.
The company say that the North American composite market needs a strong and reliable supply of glass fibres to translate innovations into steady market growth. Johns Manville’s operations in North America are ideally located to serve customers across the growing compounding base in the Midwest and Southeast.
Brian Sapp, Global Fibres Business Director for JM Engineered Products said;
The composites industry is growing steadily and we are convinced that current and future industry trends will continue to drive increasing demand for glass fibre products. We are making this investment to support our customers’ plans for growth, and we will continue with innovations in technology and product development in fibres to support our customers.
The planned expansion in Etowah includes a new furnace which is due to start-up mid 2016. The new expansion will allow for production growth and flexibility within the company’s product families for polyamides, polyesters and polypropylenes that are used in automotive, electrical and consumer applications.