PPG Industries was founded in 1883 as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and was the first commercially successful plate glass factory in the USA.
Today, PPG Industries is the world-leading supplier of coatings and specialty materials. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA (USA) and operates in more than 70 countries around the world.
In 1952, PPG recognized the potential of another type of glass product and established its fiberglass manufacturing business with the opening of the facility in Shelby, NC (USA).
Plant operations in Hoogezand, the Netherlands began in 1963 with PPG as a partial owner with Silenka. PPG assumed full ownership in 1990 and currently produces various thermoplastic chopped strand products sold under the CHOPVANTAGE® chopped fiber glass brand name at the facility.
The Lexington, NC (USA) plant opened in 1967 and is comprised of more than 1.3 million square feet of area under one roof. Both reinforcement and specialty yarns are manufactured at this facility.
Fiberglass production in Wigan, UK, began in 1978 when it was opened as a manufacturing facility of Turner & Newell (T-Glass Fibres, Ltd.). PPG later purchased the facility and currently produces HYBON® direct draw rovings and TUFROV® LFT thermoplastic rovings in the facility.
Many of the operations within the Chester, SC (USA) facility are automated with robots moving product from place to place within the facility. This facility was opened in 1996.
PPG Fiber Glass operates two facilities in the Asia Pacific region in joint partnerships with Nan Ya Plastics, one of the largest electronic yarn producers in Asia. The Nan Ya joint venture locations opening in 1991 in ChiaYi, Taiwan and Kunshan, China in 2003.
PPG operates four research and development centers around the world. The facility in Shelby, NC is A2LA-certified.
TUFROV® long fiber thermoplastics
Using long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) reinforcements in thermoplastic composite processes enables molders to produce structural or semi-structural parts, compounding the fiberglass in-line with injection or compression molding techniques. For more information click here.