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Renewed Manufacturing Plant for Hangzhou Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, China

22 September 2003

Hangzhou Saint-Gobain Vetrotex Fiber Glass Co. Ltd, (HSGV), near Shanghai, will soon start supplying a competitive range of premium products in large quantities, thanks to the start-up of a new fiberglass furnace inaugurated last July 26th.

With this second and modern furnace, HSGV is implementing Saint-Gobain Reinforcements latest technological developments on the Chinese market and quadrupling its production capacity.

“This important investment is a cornerstone of our Asian development strategy. Hangzhou will become the Asian production platform for Saint-Gobain Vetrotex main references: assembled rovings (for SMC, spray up and GMT applications) and chopped strand mats. Yarns for the textile industry and industrial applications will also be produced in the same location. Finally, the Hangzhou plant is helping to develop our range of converted products: Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics fabrics for abrasives, drywall joint tapes, etc”, said Jean-Philippe Buisson (Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, Reinforcements Asia Pacific).

80% of the Hangzhou production is designed for export. “The combined efforts of our teams in Hangzhou, our Asian experts and our R&D centre in Tsu (Japan) have resulted in quality improvements to our products and services. This means that we now offer an even better response to the specific requirements of all our Asian customers” concludes Jean-Philippe Buisson.