Densified Chopped Strands suit thermoplastic compounds.

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Available in 4 mm fiber lengths for thermoplastics such as PA, PP, PBT, and SMA, ThermoFlow® strands exhibit processing, mechanical, and matrix bonding properties suited for extrusion applications. Product features minimal fines and bulk density as well as uniform bundle size and shape. Featuring consistent glass content, strands are suited for automotive, electrical and consumer goods applications.



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ThermoFlow® - Johns Manville's New Generation of Densified Chopped Strands



Denver/Bad Homburg, (September 14, 2004) ---- Johns Manville launched the new product at the JEC 2004 in Paris. ThermoFlow®, a new generation of densified chopped strands for thermoplastic compounds, has superior processing properties for extrusion applications combined with excellent mechanical and matrix bonding properties. ThermoFlow® will be available in 4mm fiber lengths for a wide range of thermoplastics such as PA, PP, PBT, SMA and other compounds. Applications include automotive, electrical and consumer goods. Reduced fines, lower bulk density and more uniform bundle size and shape are the most important product attributes. The superior flow properties of chopped strands result in higher productivity with less machine downtime. Additionally, customers benefit from more consistent glass content in the finished goods. "Over the past year, our ThermoFlow® products have been successfully introduced in North America, helping our customers reach a new level of performance. Our next step is to incorporate the technology at our Trnava, Slovakia facility by October 2004", said Karin Demez, Global Products Manager and Account Manager for Thermoplastics.

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building and specialty products. In business since 1858, the Denver, USA-based company has sales in excess of $2 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs approximately 8,500 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The Engineered Products Group (EPG), one of Johns Manville's four strategic business units, produces glass fibers, glass fiber nonwovens, polyester spunbonds, meltblowns and glass fiber wall coverings at 14 manufacturing locations worldwide: Spartanburg, SC, Waterville, OH, Richland, MS and Etowah,TN, USA; Berlin, Bobingen, Karlstein, Steinach and Wertheim, Germany; St. Helens, UK, Oskarström and Helsingborg, Sweden; Trnava, Slovakia and Shanghai, China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.

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