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AGY has entered the highly competitive European market with E-Glass fiber yarn manufactured in its Shanghai, China plant, produced specifically for the European construction and industrial markets.
Up until now, AGY has not participated in the high tensile glass fiber yarn market in Europe due primarily to the high duties associated with servicing these markets from the United States. The recent expansion of its yarn manufacturing footprint to Shanghai where production costs are lower means that AGY can now be competitive in the European market. “With the addition of AGY Shanghai to our manufacturing infrastructure,” said Drew Walker, AGY Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We can now match low-cost manufacturing with our high-tensile sizing technology and local service warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium.”
High tensile E-Glass yarns are needed for woven and scrim applications where fabric tear strength and fabric tensile retention are key product attributes. “High tensile E-Glass yarns have been used for many years for products like cement board and roofing membranes,” explained Walker. “They not only increase the tear strength of the fabric, they also offer fabric stability and fire resistance. And, when used in contact with concrete, these fabrics also provide excellent cracking resistance, long-lasting mechanical strength and high impact strength. Ensuring our customers are getting the best possible price is equally as important as ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.”
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