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Owens Corning launches new, weight-saving solution for structural composites in automotive applications

 Owens Corning launches new, weight-saving solution for structural composites
                          in automotive applications

PR Newswire

PARIS, France, March 12, 2014

PARIS, France, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Owens Corning (NYSE:OC), a
leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials
for composite systems, today announced a new multi-end roving designed for
epoxy sheet molding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications.

In combination with epoxy sheet molding compound (SMC) systems, the new ME1510
glass reinforcement enables improved mechanical properties. ME1510 features
superior strength and flexural modulus, fast impregnation and excellent
process characteristics in SMC, allowing up to 63 percent glass fiber
content^1.

"Taking weight out of cars is required to enable meeting CO[2] emission
regulations and fuel economy standards. In combination with the epoxy resin
system, the ME1510 solution provides the opportunity for significant part
weight reduction compared to steel^2" said Hans Van Der Steen, Owens Corning
Business Development Leader for Structural Composites. "Furthermore, the SMC
process technology provides the right balance between molding cycle times,
design freedom (allowing for function integration), and high mechanical
properties."

The automotive market is expected to grow to 100 million new vehicles per year
by 2020^3. With increased regulatory constraints in Europe, North America, and
Asia, matching CO[2] emission regulations and fuel economy standards are key
drivers for weight reduction initiatives.

A 200 kg to 300 kg weight reduction will be required to meet the CO[2]
emission targets set for Europe in 2020, i.e., 95g CO2/km.

Along with engine and transmission improvements, the replacement of
traditional materials with lightweight and durable composite materials
represents one of the most significant opportunities for vehicle light
weighting. Composites allow for enhanced function integration compared to
metal and will lead to further weight reduction opportunities in the medium to
long term, in structural applications such as floor systems, pillars, roof and
door modules, bumper beams, and seat structures.

The announcement was made today at JEC Europe, the world's largest annual
composites trade show held in Paris, France, where Owens Corning is exhibiting
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 Fortune 500^® 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 

^1 Owens Corning lab, Besana, Italy, Nov. 2012, Epoxy material system|^2
Owens Corning SMC Technical Cost Modeling analysis, 2013| ^3 Owens Corning
SMC Technical Cost Modeling analysis, 2013

SOURCE Owens Corning

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