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Owens Corning Launches OptiFlow Reinforcements for Gypsum Processes

19 February 2010

Owens Corning has introduced OptiFlow wet-use chopped strand reinforcements, which are designed to help improve productivity in higher-flow-rate gypsum processes.

The product was at this year’s ACMA Composites 2010 show, along with a range of products in the company's portfolio of specialty reinforcements.

Gypsum wallboard and sheathing products use glass fibre reinforcements to provide dimensional stability. According to Owens Corning, OptiFlow fibres are specifically designed to reduce feeding flow variation up to 50 percent compared with earlier product generations. They help reduce clumps and assist in improving production rates with a new technology that helps manage fibre forming, moisture and fuzz.

""For years, feeding flow variation, clumping and logging have been common challenges faced by the gypsum industry as reinforcements were added during processing, and this fibre changes the game,"" said Scott Flowers, Director, Global Product Management for the Owens Corning Composites Group, adding that the investment in this innovation and the necessary manufacturing platform to produce it underscore the company's renewed commitment to the gypsum industry.

OptiFlow fibres are made with Owens Corning proprietary Advantex glass. The boron- and fluorine-free Advantex glass production process is claimed to result in a higher performing fibre and a significantly smaller environmental footprint compared with standard E-glass processes.

In addition to OptiFlow fibres, other Owens Corning showcased a range of products, including Advantex, Cem-FIL, Silentex and Twintex.

""We couldn't be more excited about showcasing this portfolio of products at the leading composites trade show in the U.S.,"" said Flowers, adding that many of the products joined the company's specialty portfolio with the acquisition of Saint Gobain's reinforcements and fabrics businesses. ""With that acquisition and our expanded global presence, these products are available to a wider range of customers than ever. They are fast gaining a greater foothold worldwide, including in the Americas, as customers seek solutions to make products lighter, stronger, more durable and more energy efficient in ways that meet the increasing pressure in the eyes of the world for more sustainable solutions.""

""Specialty reinforcements are a key component of our strategy in composites to deliver differentiated value to our customers and our company,"" continued Flowers. ""We're helping our customers prosper by delivering innovations that can transform our businesses.""






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