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Owens Corning Grows Asia Capacity To Supply Technical Fabrics For Wind Blades

Toledo, Ohio-based glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials producer Owens Corning has expanded its capacity in Asia to produce technical fabrics used to fabricate wind blades. Knitting capacity at two manufacturing plants in China and one in India will be increased by approximately one-third, enabling the company to provide more locally-made materials to its wind blade customers in the region. The expansion is expected to be complete during the third quarter of this year.

According to Denmark-based renewable energy consulting firm BTM Consult ApS, Asian wind energy capacity is expected to increase by nearly 45 percent to some 32,000 megawatts (mW) in 2009, compared with 2008 capacity of some 22,000 mW. In addition, the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council projects China will realize the highest growth in wind-generating capacity in 2009, and will exceed the United States in that category.

"Composites have many benefits in wind energy applications, and Owens Corning has developed a number of products specifically customized and designed for increased productivity and improved laminate performance in a blade," said Chuck Dana, president, Owens Corning Composites Group. "This work is continuing to help make wind energy more competitive with traditional sources of electrical power."

July 14, 2009