Aiken, SC - AGY, a leading global producer of fiberglass yarns and high-strength fiberglass reinforcements for composites, announced recently that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Owens Corning's North American continuous filament mat (CFM) business. Under the agreement, AGY will acquire Owens Corning's Huntingdon, Pennsylvania CFM facility and its Marbles Furnace located in Anderson, South Carolina, which supplies the Huntingdon facility with glass fiber marbles used in the production of CFM.
CFM is a unique glass fiber reinforcement product used as an input in the production of non-electrical laminate, marine parts and accessories, and other products where its strength and durability make it the most cost-effective material to use. CFM increases the mechanical performance, such as stiffness and strength, of products, as well as their resistance to chemicals.
The acquisition of Owens Corning's CFM business will deliver considerable top line synergies for AGY driven by the worldwide growth in the demand for CFM reinforcement products. It represents a significant step in AGY's strategy to accelerate the growth of its specialty composites business.
"The completion of this acquisition marks another important milestone in our drive to expand and enhance our product portfolio," said AGY President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Mattscheck. "We are squarely focused on quickly seizing the attractive opportunities this transaction has created in terms of global market potential and significant cost synergies. It will make us a stronger company with increased opportunities for growth and better technologies to offer our global customers."