Owens Corning introduces Performax® SE4849 Type 30® Roving for Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Polypropylene (LFT-PP)

  Owens Corning introduces Performax® SE4849 Type 30® Roving for Long Fiber
               Reinforced Thermoplastic Polypropylene (LFT-PP)

Innovative roving enables faster compounding line speeds for improved cost
efficiency and increased glass loadings

PR Newswire

PARIS, March 12, 2014

PARIS, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), a leading
global producer of glass fiber products for composite systems, today announced
the launch of its new Performax^® SE4849 Type 30^® roving at the JEC Europe
2014 show and conferences. The Performax^® SE4849 roving is specially designed
and engineered for long fiber reinforced thermoplastic polypropylene (LFT-PP),
providing performance and productivity benefits to customers.

Initially considered a commodity, polypropylene (PP) is now considered one of
the most versatile resins in the marketplace, providing a compelling
alternative to engineered plastics and traditional materials such as steel and
aluminum in a variety of automotive applications. Among the key attributes of
polypropylene are weight reduction and cost savings.

"The new Performax^® SE4849 roving has been designed for hot-melt compounding,
pultrusion, and direct compounding (DLFT)," said Corey Melvin, Owens Corning
Product Manager, Long Fiber Thermoplastics. "Performax^® SE4849 is also
developed for pultrusion processes to manufacture unidirectional continuous
fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes. As a result, it provides
additional opportunities to replace traditional metals in complex and often
challenging structural and semi-structural automotive components."

Key product features include resistance to fuzz generation and outstanding
wet-out and dispersion. "These benefits enable compounders to run their lines
up to 40-percent faster, reducing manufacturing costs and thereby providing
increased capacity without adding capital," Melvin added. "These same
features also allow for higher glass loadings, opening the door to new
applications for Tier 1 and OEMs."

The new roving also features an optimized formulation for adhesion to
polypropylene, which enables it to meet stringent mechanical performance
requirements. Consequently, in addition to its applicability to the automotive
market, Performax^® SE4849 is also well-suited for a broad range of consumer
goods applications, such as appliances and power tools.

Performax^® SE4849 roving is manufactured with Owens Corning's patented
boron-free Advantex^® glass fiber, which combines the electrical and
mechanical properties of traditional E-glass with the corrosion resistance and
durability of E-CR glass.

Owens Corning is exhibiting at JEC Europe 2014 in Hall 7-2, Booth F22.

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 Fortune500^® company for 59 consecutive
years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering
solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. In business for more
than 75 years, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber
technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2013 and about 15,000 employees in 27
countries. Additional information is available at: www.owenscorning.com.

Advantex^®, Performax^®, and Type 30^® are registered trademarks of Owens
Corning.

SOURCE Owens Corning

Website: http://www.owenscorning.com
Contact: Nathalie Neyroz-Leonard, +33 6 67 79 86 05,
Nathalie.NeyrozLeonard@owenscorning.com; Todd M. Romain, +1 419 248 7826,
Todd.Romain@owenscorning.com
 
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