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AGY has launched its new S-Series high performance materials product line – S-1 Glass, an industrial grade product, and S-3 Glass a special grade product.
These new materials join AGY’s S-2 Glass high performance grade product to form the S-Series. According to Drew Walker, AGY Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “We developed these two new product lines to broaden our S-2 Glass product range in order to take advantage of a rapidly growing market. Our S-Series product portfolio is designed to capitalize on targeted high volume applications as well as niche markets that require highly specialized glass chemistry with ultra-high performance regarding specific product attributes.”
The new S-1 Glass product line is designed for high volume applications that require a performance glass where E-Glass performance does not deliver. S-1 Glass single-end rovings enable companies to maximize the benefits from high strength rovings. “High volume users in wind energy, CNG storage, long fibre thermoplastics, oil and gas, muffler fill and ballistics are demanding an economical, high quality and reliable source of high strength glass for their businesses,” explained Walker. “In this type of value-based market segment, S-1 Glass bridges the gap between E-Glass and higher performance glass such as our S-2 Glass fibres.”
The new S-3 Glass is a special grade product that can be customized for high performance applications. Walker explained, “Our ability to create new glass chemistries and utilize our unique variety of manufacturing platforms allows us to customize S-3 Glass products to individual customer demands for high performance applications in industries such as the aerospace market.”
To meet the increased demand for S-2 Glass across a broad range of markets including aerospace and defence, AGY has increased its manufacturing capacity by 50%. “As a result of our plant expansion, AGY has made an initial 5,000 MT of S-2 Glass available for the defence market for new business in vehicle armour with Humvee and MRAP, EFP applications,” added Walker.
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