Fabricators of composite wind-turbine blades will soon have two additional sources of glass fabrics. One is a joint venture of PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, and Devold AMT AS, a Norwegian reinforcements supplier that is part of Hexagon Composites ASA. The new company, called PPG-Devold, will use Devold technology to make stitched multiaxial and unidirectional reinforcement fabrics for wind blades at PPG's fiberglass plant in Shelby, N.C. The transaction is expected to close early this year. PPG: (412) 434-3131 . www.ppg.com Meanwhile, fiberglass supplier Ahlstrom Oy of Finland is building its first U.S. plant in Darlington, S.C., which will produce knits and multilayer fabrics for wind energy and marine uses, and later for transportation. The plant will open early this year. Ahlstrom has an office in Windsor Locks, Conn. Tel: (860) 654-8300 . www.ahlstrom.com
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