11 February 2005
11 February 2005
Owens Corning and RheTech, Inc., have finalised licensing terms under which RheTech will manufacture and sell in North America a proprietary long-fibre glass/polyolefin thermoplastic (LFTP).
RheTech intends to market these new products developed by Owens Corning under the RHEMAX trade name.
To date, the Owens Corning product has only been available in North America as an import from production in Europe by licensee SABIC EuroPetrochemicals BV. RheTech will begin production of RHEMAX products in the third quarter of 2005 at a facility in Michigan using PerforMax roving developed specifically by Owens Corning for LFTP compounding.
First introduced in the 1990s, LFTP has grown in popularity for many semi-structural automotive applications in Europe, with international demand growing 15 percent in the last year alone, according to Owens Corning and Rhetech. Applications in the automotive industry include front-end modules, dashboard carriers, door modules and under-body shielding.
“We’re thrilled to align with RheTech for the production of our proprietary LFTP product in North America,” says Gary Nieman, vice president and general manager of OC Automotive. “The agreement allows Owens Corning to continue to drive the transformation of the North American composites market and deliver significant value to the automotive industry.”
Richard Gall, president of RheTech, says, “We are pleased to be furthering a 20-year plus relationship with Owens Corning in manufacturing and selling this product in North America for the automotive and other end-use industries. This agreement will serve to grow both RheTech’s and Owens Corning’s businesses, while creating real value for our customers by both broadening our product line and providing a solution which truly offers superior performance. Additionally, we are extremely bullish about the benefits to be reaped through cooperation with both Owens Corning and SABIC. This will enable a timely and ultimately seamless access to these unique products for customers who operate on a global scale. Customers will enjoy the benefits of consistent, standardized product quality and performance, and also the innovations made possible through these companies’ cooperative efforts.”
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