The new furnace has 38,000 tonnes of annual capacity.
PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co Ltd was founded in 2001 as a 50/50 joint venture of PPG Industries and Nan Ya Plastics Corp, part of the Formosa Plastics Group. The operation has four furnaces and an annual capacity of 144,000 tonnes of electronic-grade glass yarn and reinforcement-grade glass fibre. The companies also jointly own PFG Fiber Glass Corp in Taiwan, which has three furnaces with approximate production capacity of 90,000 tonnes of mostly electronic-grade glass yarn.
“The printed circuit board industry continues to grow in Asia," says Mr. C.F. Lee, general manager of PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co Ltd.
"Nan Ya built a vertically integrated production campus in Kunshan that included resin, copper foil, glass fabrics, copper-clad laminates and printed circuit boards. With this expansion, we will continue to support the demands of our business at this location as well as the larger electronics industry.”
“Through our collaboration with Nan Ya, we have enabled PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co Ltd to maintain its position as the leader in the manufacture of fibre glass yarns for the electronics industry,” notes Tom Kerr, PPG vice president for fibre glass.