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point of view: looking to the future
“We have worked hard to
optimize our global assets”
Composite Solutions Business,
It is now two-and-a-half years since Arnaud Genis, Group
President, Composite Solutions Business, Owens Corning, last
expressed himself in our pages (JEC Composites Magazine No. 65
May-June 2011). This is quite a long time, considering what is going
on in the business – new products, partnerships, alliances – and in
the composites sector: slowdown in the wind energy sector,
growing interest from the car industry, stiff competition between
the various players and with other materials.
have and our focus is now on our
product leadership agenda.
Arnaud Genis: Actually, it’s
a little bit of both. Clearly, there is
a trend toward accelerated industrial production in emerging
markets, and we are leveraging
our manufacturing resources in
Russia and Mexico to meet both
domestic and regional demand.
Over the past several years, we
have worked hard to optimize
our global assets. We are pleased
with the network of plants we
JCM: Your alliance with Taishan
Fiberglass has generated a great
deal of interest. Could you tell
us a little more about the scope,
duration, objectives and, indeed,
the reasons for choosing Taishan
A. G. : Our strategic alliance
with Taishan Fiberglass enhances
our ability to grow the use of
alkali-resistant specialty glass
products globally. These are our
concrete and cement products
served under the Cem-FIL®,
Anti-CRAK®, and Slurry-FIL™
brands. We believe that in certain
applications, replacing traditional reinforcements such as steel
JEC Composites Magazine: You
recently increased your production
capacities in Russia and Mexico.
Is this in order to meet strong
domestic demand or to serve the
mesh and rebar with glass fibre
will provide customers with very
attractive advantages. Similar to
reinforced plastics, reinforcing
cement with glass fibre allows
for the reduction of weight in
finished products and provides
greater design flexibility.
There are times to
“go it alone” and
times to partner.
As for the rationale behind the
alliance, Taishan possesses strong
manufacturing experience in
China and its parent company,
Sinoma, is one of the largest
cement companies in the world.
Together, we see real opportunity in combining our collective
product, manufacturing, and
engineering expertise in the
cement materials market. So, this
alliance positions us nicely to
Their reinforcement glass strands are used in technical
fabrics and in plastic parts manufactured in short or
long production runs, with multiples sizes and shapes,
and light, insulating, corrosion-, impact- and heat-resistant properties, to replace steel, aluminum, wood,
plastic, cardboard, etc. in high-performance applicaOwens Corning has been supplying consistently glass tions such as wind turbines, building façades, bridges,
optical cables, car and truck body panels ...
fiber products for the reinforcement of high-performance composites and their background is strong with Their specialty products and brands add value for customers.
more than 70 years of experience.
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