JOHNS Manville, a US-based manufacturer of glass fibre products, announced plans in mid July to expand fibre production capacities at its facility in Trnava in western Slovakia. Johns Manville (JM) first invested in Europe in 2004 and its announcement of the production expansion plan in Slovakia shows its commitment to the European composites business, the company wrote on its website.
“We feel confident that this major investment will continue to support our customers' plans for growth and underscores JM’s commitment to growing the composites industry,” stated Enno Henze, vice president and general manager for Engineered Products Europe/Asia. “Additionally, it highlights our drive to enhance customer relationships, product innovation and service excellence.”
The company added that it believes that trends in using lightweight materials to improve fuel efficiency will further support growth in the composites field and require investments in both thermoplastic and thermosetting materials.
Expansion of the furnace at the Trnava facility, scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2012, will add production flexibility to the company’s product lines and expand production capability for certain products by as much as 40 percent.
Johns Manville, owned by Berkshire Hathaway since 2001, manufactures products such as building and mechanical insulation, roofing materials and insulation, and other speciality materials for commercial, industrial and residential uses.
3. Oct 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff