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Increased Twintex production capacity in Europe

01 March 2004

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex has increased its worldwide production capacity for Twintex in Europe by 50%, starting up a new line for (GFL) Twintex long-fibre pellets on its Chambéry (France) production facilities on the 1st January 2004.

This completely automated production line is in the very factory where the basic Twintex roving will be produced starting in April 2004. Twintex production is a new activity for the Chambéry factory.

Up to now, all the production (rovings and GFL) came from Saint-Gobain Vetrotex America (Wichita Falls, Texas). This new development ensures extra product availability: from now on both sites, Wichita Falls and Chambéry, offer identical products which are distributed worldwide.

The long-fibre injection and continuous thermoplastic reinforcement markets are targeted by this operation.

The bushing assemblies which will go into production in Chambéry in April 2004 will supply the granulation production line directly, together with the transformation capacity of the Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics factory in Belgium. According to Vetrotex, these investments in Europe are necessary in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Twintex applications all over the world.