02 April 2001
02 April 2001
The Composites Systems Business of Owens Corning displayed innovative composites solutions for the composites industry and end-use markets at JEC Composites 2001.
A range of state-of-the-art composites applications were displayed. The largest single item was a General Motors 2001 Silverado pickup truck box, which is the first high-volume commercial application of a new preform technology pioneered by Owens Corning - the OC Preformable System. This technology combines a proprietary glass fiber with unique binder technology to enable efficient manufacturing of reinforcement preforms. For the Chevrolet Silverado, the molded parts reduce the total weight of the vehicle by more than 22.7 kg; the tailgate itself is 6.8 kg lighter than a current steel tailgate, which makes it easier to open and close.
Other composites parts on display included a snowboard; an I-beam section; a boat deck cross-section; an engine cover seat for a 3-wheel vehicle; a steering wheel handle and cover; and a windmill model. ""These are exciting times for Owens Corning as we continue to meet the ever-increasing demand for new composites applications,"" said Heinz Otto, president, Owens Corning's Composites Systems Business. ""As the composites industry leader, we believe that any application in which steel, wood and aluminum are used today has the potential to be composed of composites materials tomorrow. We are committed to providing our customers with complete composites solutions that ensure sustainable growth.""
Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials systems and composites systems. The company has sales of about $5 billion and employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit Owens Corning's web site