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COMPANIES COMPANIES Owens Corning & Vetrotex: situation after the acquisition Owens Corning completed the acquisition of Saint-Gobain's Reinforcements and Composite Fabrics businesses for $640 million on November 1, 2007. T he acquisition has accelerated Owens Corning's global growth strategy and strengthened its position as a market leader in glass reinforcements and composites. Here are some new applications and a review of the situation a year on. Rovings provide better solutions for architectural and construction applications Alkali-resistant (AR) Cem-FIL® rovings recently enabled the Austria-based prefabricated concrete manufacturer Rieder Smart Elements GmbH to design and manufacture an innovative, game-changing composite material for architectural and construction applications. AR glass fibres make it possible to produce thin-walled, lightweight and fire-resistant concrete panels, while promoting sustainability by increasing the durability of concrete structures. Innovative vacuum bag-moulded thermoplastic composite canoe The Twintex® technical fabric from Owens Corning was chosen by the German sports and leisure boat builder, Mega Sports Vertriebs, to make its new innovative Robson Brook-16 composite canoe. The boat builder used this material to replace rotomoulding with lowinvestment vacuum bag moulding to achieve a lightweight, stiff, abrasiveand impact-resistant structure that was not subject to part shrinkage during DURING AN INTERVIEW AT THE JEC SHOW PARIS 2008, CHUCK DANA (PRESIDENT COMPOSITE SOLUTIONS BUSINESS) AND ARNAUD GENIS (VP AND MD EUROPE OCV REINFORCEMENTS) ANSWERED A FEW QUESTIONS FOR JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE. JEC Composites Magazine: Almost six months on, how is team integration going? Without question integration is big job, however the two companies were already global players, with scalable global resources such as R&D and HR, etc and the process is progressing quite smoothly because we share the same basic culture regarding glass fibre. We’ve also noticed that the regional teams are sharing information all around the world and that our local operations are highly appreciated by our customers as both companies were very much focused on serving customers locally. It seems we underestimated the synergy between Owens Corning and Vetrotex at the beginning – and our customers are telling us that process is moving along very well. So far, it has been a very exciting start. JCM: How are you positioned on the world market? As we move forward we are upgrading facilities in the US, Latin America and we already announced expansion in Russia and Asia – particularly with the former Vetrotex plant in China. OCV is more of a global company than the two former entities as practically all of Vetrotex’s facilities were based outside the US. JCM: What are OCV’s main strengths and weaknesses, if any? Composite parts or applications have become more cost-competitive with traditional materials such as steel, aluminium and wood. Moreover, the high cost of energy is an opportunity for us. Given the energy intensity to produce aluminium and steel, as well as the durability of composites which far outlasts wood, composites have never been more relevant or essential to meeting today’s material needs. The prices of platinum and rhodium − precious metals used in bushings for drawing glass fibres − are really high today. The price of platinum was about US$ 700 per ounce in March 2003 before reaching US$ 2,200 in March 2008, while rhodium was worth US$ 300 per ounce at the same time in 2003 and rose to US$ 9,100 in 2008 and as a result it is more difficult to invest now. We are very careful when it comes to choosing where to produce even though the price of glass fibre is quite stable compared with competitive materials. Capital/energy efficient furnaces allow us to get more out of less equipment – helping us to better JEC Composites Magazine / No41 June 2008

JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008

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Companies | Owens Corning & Vetrotex: situation after the acquisition
Sale of Owens Corning plants in Belgium and Norway
Capacity expansion in Texas for Owens Corning
Gurit’s results and future prospects
New LM Glasfiber factory in Poland
Hexcel opens first carbon fibre plant in Spain
Teijin invests in carbon and aramid fibre
Agenda of events
JEC Show Paris 2008 report
Carbon fibre: sustained increase in production capacities
Market survey: Asia Technology-linked business opportunities for composites in India
Mechemco: a strategy that is paying off
Permali Wallace: sustained development
LESCO Technology: riding the environmental wave
Niche market All-carbon micro-aerial vehicle
Human Capital Accomplishing the project objectives
Market | A fast-changing market
Development | Compressing composite part development cycle and improving quality
Simulation | An industrial solution to analyse delamination
Micromechanics of failure: a new approach to modelling composite failure and life
An end-to-end simulation solution for autoclave manufacturing
Process | Fully automated RTM production line
Manufacturing | SLCA: expert in composite aerostructures
There’s a fine line between marine and aeronautics!
Opinion | The fear of change: some thoughts on aeronautical construction
USERS’ PLATFORM KNOW-HOW | Composites in the world Bamboo bike
Between car and motorbike
Bird man over the Alps
Applications | CFRP shafts and axles
High-performance COPV systems for large satellite platforms
Pressure bulkhead of the Boeing 787
Landing gear hubcaps for the Boeing 777
An out-of-autoclave composite solution
Control | Visiovis: monitoring nanofiller dispersion/distribution in molten polymers
Design | Non-thermal anti-icing/de-icing system for rotor blade leading edges
Special : JEC Composite Asia
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Sale of Owens Corning plants in Belgium and Norway
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Teijin invests in carbon and aramid fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - JEC Show Paris 2008 report
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Carbon fibre: sustained increase in production capacities
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Market survey: Asia Technology-linked business opportunities for composites in India
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Mechemco: a strategy that is paying off
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Permali Wallace: sustained development
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - LESCO Technology: riding the environmental wave
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Niche market All-carbon micro-aerial vehicle
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Human Capital Accomplishing the project objectives
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Market | A fast-changing market
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Development | Compressing composite part development cycle and improving quality
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Simulation | An industrial solution to analyse delamination
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Micromechanics of failure: a new approach to modelling composite failure and life
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - An end-to-end simulation solution for autoclave manufacturing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Process | Fully automated RTM production line
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Manufacturing | SLCA: expert in composite aerostructures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - There’s a fine line between marine and aeronautics!
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Opinion | The fear of change: some thoughts on aeronautical construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Between car and motorbike
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Bird man over the Alps
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - High-performance COPV systems for large satellite platforms
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Landing gear hubcaps for the Boeing 777
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - An out-of-autoclave composite solution
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Control | Visiovis: monitoring nanofiller dispersion/distribution in molten polymers
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #41 - June 2008 - Design | Non-thermal anti-icing/de-icing system for rotor blade leading edges
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