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Johns Manville (JM) plans to expand current fibre production capacities in its Trnava, Slovakia facility.
In 2004 Johns Manville invested in a European Greenfield project to produce glass fibres and they say the expansion plan announcement for its European production in Slovakia demonstrates clearly its commitment to the European composites business.
Enno Henze, Vice President and General Manager for Engineered Products Europe/Asia stated, “”We feel confident that this major investment will continue to support our customers’ plans for growth and underscores JM’s commitment to growing the composites industry. Additionally, it highlights our drive to enhance customer relationships, product innovation and service excellence.””
JM say trends in light-weight materials to improve fuel efficiency will further support composites growth and require investments in both thermoplastic and thermoset materials. They say their emphasis on product and application development innovation in the past decade has clearly delivered growth for its offerings in ThermoFlow chopped strands and StarRov LFT Roving for thermoplastic compounds. In the thermoset segments, they will continue to support growth with StarRov Roving for continuous glass reinforcement and MultiStar Roving for choppable glass strands used in selected market segments.
The expanded furnace, due to start up in the fourth quarter of 2012, is expected to add production flexibility within JM’s product families and expand the production of selected products by as much as 40 percent. “With our commitment to innovative growth and the financial stability provided by being a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses, our Fibres business is set to make its mark while supporting the growth agenda of our customers,”” said Henze.
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