A new solution will help food processing equipment manufacturers comply with impending European regulations on glass fiber used in materials for food and drinking water contact, says Owens Corning, producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, at the JEC Composites Show.
Its FoodContact glass fiber solution for reinforced plastic is meant for use in food manufacturing products such as ingredient holding tanks and in drinking water systems. The company says it is the first market-ready glass fiber reinforcement to meet the upcoming regulations. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning had sales of $5.3 billion in 2011 and about 15,000 employees on five continents.
”Developing an understanding of the markets and regulations early has positioned us to help our customers reduce risk of disruption as they work to comply,” Owens Corning composite solutions business director of global thermoplastics, Steve Zirkel, says.
The reinforcements were developed to perform optimally in high-temperature resins like PPS and LCP as well as PPO, PA and polyester-based resins PBT and PET. It is available as glass fiber reinforcement in the form of a chopped strand for use in thermoplastic resins. It meets the upcoming 2016 European Commission regulations for glass fiber sizing, chemical make-up and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Owens Corning says.
Owens Corning collaborated with its thermoplastics customers, custom molders, design firms and product OEMs by “sharing our knowledge about the regulation and expertise in material science with our customers and supplying a quality product provides a competitive advantage for them,” Zirkel says.