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July 18, 2014

Production begins for new glass-fiber material targeted at wind industry

Mary Page Bailey

AGY (Aiken, S.C.; www.agy.com), a global producer of glass-fiber yarns and glass-fiber reinforcements, has announced the start of production of S-1 HM glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.  The material was developed by AGY and will be produced by CTG/Taishan Fiberglass to fill the cost and performance gap between traditional E-Glass products and higher performance glasses such as AGY’s S-2 Glass products. 
 
CTG/Taishan Fiberglass is one of the world’s largest glass fiber manufacturers. “We are looking forward to working with AGY and producing S-1 HM glass,” said Mr. Zhiyao Tang, Chairman and President of CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.
 
S-1 HM glass was developed primarily for the wind energy market with input from blade and turbine manufacturers. While AGY and CTG/Taishan Fiberglass are targeting the wind energy market with S-1 HM, they both believe the material has potential for many other industrial applications. “Since S-1 HM glass is mechanically superior to E-Glass, but much less expensive than the extremely high-end glasses, we feel that S-1 HM will be an excellent fit for composite manufacturers in a wide variety of markets,” said Drew Walker, CEO of AGY.

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