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in partnership with JEC Composites E-letter 3B: a high-quality fibreglass supplier The glass fibre production configuration has changed enormously these past few months due to mergers, buy-outs and production relocation, not to mention the arrival of new Asian competitors on the market. It is not always easy for glass fibre users to understand all these changes. our company as a leader in the composites industry, expanding our footprint and product range to service the needs of our customers globally. JCM: Advantex™ and HiPer-tex™ glass produced by 3B differ from generic E-glass by their mechanical behaviour and corrosion resistance. Is 3B the only company that produces these types of glass? H. J.: All 3B products, factories and operations in general did of course come from Owens Corning in May 2008 and include all of the products, processes and technologies that have been developed in these facilities over the last 40 years. It is true that we are not alone in manufacturing and marketing Advantex™ glass. The licensing of the Advantex™ glass fibre technology from Owens Corning established us as a leader in the market with a formulation that offers significant value to our customers. In the future, we will both manufacture and market this formulation. Today we are the only company whose entire assets are based on producing this boron-free E-CR and E-glass, a globallyrecognized benchmark in the fibreglass industry for eco-responsible and clean manufacturing technology. Consequently, this leading-edge glass formulation ensures that 3B delivers on its eco-responsibilities as the environmental footprint is considerably lower than that for generic E-glass, which clearly highlights our commitment to sustainability and our environmental impact. All our customers benefit from these characteristics, not to mention the finer properties that Advantex™ glass offers such as superior resistance to the sustained corrosive effects of acidic environments and long-term exposure to all aqueous environments including water and alkaline solutions. With regards to HiPer-tex™, 3B has been licensed to manufacture this formulation at its Birkeland facility, or any other facility it chooses in the future, as well as being the exclusive owner of its trademark. 3B is currently marketing and selling this new formulation and will continue to enhance its product portfolio in the field of high-performance glass to meet the needs of our customers globally. JCM: What are your main types of products for the composite market? H. J.: 3B offers a wide range of highquality fibreglass products for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets. These products are tailormade to meet both process and end-use requirements. We manufacture and offer both Advantex™ boron-free E-glass and high-performance HiPer-tex™ glass fibre. Our Advantex™ glass fibre product portfolio consists of chopped strands, continuous filament mat (CFM), milled fibres, wet chopped strands and direct rovings. These products are utilised across multiple industrial sectors such as AN INTERVIEW WITH HUGUES JACQUEMIN, CEO, 3B JEC Composites Magazine: 3B was only created on November 1, 2007, and still lacks some visibility on the market. Can you explain the origins of the company and how the name came about? HUGUES JACQUEMIN: 3B was formed from the divestiture by Owens Corning of two of its facilities – one in Battice, Belgium, which included its European R&D Centre, and the other in Birkeland, Norway. This was done to meet regulatory requirements under competition rules imposed by the EU Commission at the time Owens Corning acquired the Reinforcements business of Saint Gobain. The choice of the name for our company is quite simple. All three site locations happened to begin with the letter ‘B’ – Battice, Birkeland and Brussels – so we decided upon 3B The Fibreglass Company. In May 2008, 3B was acquired by Platinum Equity, which is a very successful private equity firm based in Los Angeles and London. The whole transaction was executed extremely smoothly and we are now successfully operating as a totally independent company with its own strategy and focus. Over the last twelve months, we have continued to invest in the business and our objective is to continue developing No49 June 2009 / jec composites magazine 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009

Cover
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Contents
- NEWS WORLDWIDE -
CompaniesMergers and acquisitions /Opening/Development /Partnership
3B: a high-quality fibreglass supplier
DK Composites: a player that has made a name for itself
Agenda of events
Equipment Innovative robotic solutions for fibre placement
- BUSINESS -
Market survey Indian distributors of raw materials for composites
Trends Subcontracting in aviation: a rapidly changing sector
Niche market Composites conform to creation
Human capital NCC: a global source for commercialization, manufacturing acceleration and incubation
- FEATURE -
Market 2009-2013: no slow-down in global wind developments
Design Composite wind turbine blade design: leveraging aerospace advances
Reinforcement New composite hybrid reinforcements for the wind turbine industry
Resins Advanced epoxy technology for wind turbine blades
Foam Breakthrough in structural PET foam core materials
Adhesive Turbine blade bonding
Production Automated blade production for wind energy plants
UT scans to ensure blade quality
Application An innovative composite wind turbine: for homeowners and professionals
- USERS’ PLATFORM -
Composites in the world - An astonishing chair
 - “Light car - Open Source”
The Greenbirdproject: 203 km/h just using wind
Lightweight hand-launched glider
Successful partners Innovative architectural cladding
Application GRP pipe system for Cancéropôle stormwater network
Composite system has capital solution for park odours
Composite drives team in first zero-emission race
- KNOW-HOW -
Materials Fibre-reinforced cores
Release agents Mould release system for the marine industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - CompaniesMergers and acquisitions /Opening/Development /Partnership
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - 3B: a high-quality fibreglass supplier
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - DK Composites: a player that has made a name for itself
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Equipment Innovative robotic solutions for fibre placement
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - BUSINESS -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Market survey Indian distributors of raw materials for composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Trends Subcontracting in aviation: a rapidly changing sector
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Niche market Composites conform to creation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Human capital NCC: a global source for commercialization, manufacturing acceleration and incubation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - FEATURE -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Market 2009-2013: no slow-down in global wind developments
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Design Composite wind turbine blade design: leveraging aerospace advances
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Reinforcement New composite hybrid reinforcements for the wind turbine industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Resins Advanced epoxy technology for wind turbine blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Foam Breakthrough in structural PET foam core materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Adhesive Turbine blade bonding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Production Automated blade production for wind energy plants
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - UT scans to ensure blade quality
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Application An innovative composite wind turbine: for homeowners and professionals
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - USERS’ PLATFORM -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 -  - “Light car - Open Source”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Lightweight hand-launched glider
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Successful partners Innovative architectural cladding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Application GRP pipe system for Cancéropôle stormwater network
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Composite system has capital solution for park odours
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Composite drives team in first zero-emission race
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - KNOW-HOW -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Materials Fibre-reinforced cores
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Release agents Mould release system for the marine industry
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