AIKEN, SC USA – (March 11, 2014) – AGY, a leading 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 has scheduled the completion of a new furnace for the end of the second quarter of 2014 with commercial availability of S-1 HM glass fiber rovings beginning the third quarter of 2014.
CTG/Taishan Fiberglass is one of the world’s largest glass fiber manufacturers whose main focus is supplying the highest quality glass fiber to its customers at the best price and with the best service. “We are looking forward to partnering with AGY,” said Mr. Zhiyao Tang, Chairman and President of CTG/Taishan Fiberglass. “We have worked closely together on deciding the optimum timing and business conditions for bringing the S-1 HM product to market. We believe that time is now.”
S-1 HM glass was developed primarily for the wind energy market with input from blade and turbine manufactures. “The excellent balance of performance and cost of S-1 HM glass will enable manufacturers to optimize the design of wind blades, generating a lower weight solution, or additional length to a blade with no additional weight” said Drew Walker, CEO of AGY. “The ability to add length to a wind turbine blade allows the turbine to operate at 100% efficiency over a wider range of wind speeds, which in turn can reduce the cost of electricity generated.” AGY’s S-1HM glass has been tested in an array of epoxy and vinyl ester systems in today’s wind turbine blades.
While AGY and CGT/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 Walker.