PARIS, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the annual JEC Composites Show, Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), a leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, announced two new grades of short glass fiber (GF) reinforcements for polypropylene (PP) specifically engineered for automotive applications. They are available worldwide and provide alternatives to short GF reinforced polyamide (PA) and long glass fiber reinforced PP in automotive applications.
"Thermoplastics are the material of choice in a broad range of demanding automotive applications because it provides outstanding design freedom, functional integration and processing efficiencies," said Global Product Leader for dry use chopped strand thermoplastics Ludovic Chichignoud.
Owens Corning's new grades, 248A and PerforMax® 249A short fibers, provide an exceptional balance of high-performance mechanical properties, tensile strength and impact resistance to meet increasingly tough automotive application requirements while reducing overall systems costs. Both new grades offer a more cost-effective alternative to short GF PA and long fiber thermoplastic (LFTP) PP.
Chichignoud continued, "Global automotive OEMs, tiers and molders expect increased strength and fatigue resistance, higher quality and greater efficiency. Both 248A and PerforMax® 249A meet these requirements for producing high-performing PP components including door modules, front ends and air intake manifolds."
The new 248A and PerforMax®249A short fibers offer improved processing with low fuzz and fines generation providing easy dispersion in the extruder and less downtime.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 Company for 56 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5 billion in 2010 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.
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