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PPG Introduces Continuous Strand Fibre Glass Reinforcement Mat

03 September 2004

PPG Industries has introduced MatVantage II binder-free, continuous strand fibre glass mat, a stitched product offering high tensile strength and improved capabilities for the forming of complex parts.

MatVantage II mat uses stitch bonding technology to lock fibre glass strands in place, eliminating the use of insoluble binders, which make traditional mats stiff and susceptible to breaks.

As a result, PPG's binder-free product is soft and conformable for complex pultruded shapes. Furthermore, the strength of MatVantage II mat is designed to reduce tears and downtime in customer processes, said Vicki Holt, PPG's vice president of fibre glass.

""There's no need to accept the shortcoming of traditional continuous strand mats anymore,"" Holt said. ""Our researchers and engineers have designed MatVantage II mat to have a positive impact on our customers' fabrication processes.""

Holt added MatVantage II mat has a consistent white colour in all densities and is compatible with pultruders' slitting, splicing and creeling techniques. The sizing on the strands is compatible for most resin systems, including polyester, epoxy and vinyl ester reinforcements.

""MatVantage II continuous strand mat is a welcome new reinforcement that has the potential of solving processing problems in complex pultruded shapes,"" said Ron Carrico, purchasing manager for Strongwell, the world's largest pultruder. ""Strongwell values the solutions PPG brings to the reinforcements market and its focus on fibre glass innovation.""