logo

Fiber Glass 

Fiber glass is used in a wide range of demanding and diverse applications. Whether the applications are electronic materials, automotive, energy, consumer, industrial, infrastructure or construction, PPG Fiber Glass delivers high value and quality products for strength, stiffness, thermal stability, or corrosion resistance.

The growth of our fiber glass business is possible because it is supported by scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds and cross-functional teams carrying out research and development efforts. PPG continues to make significant investments in manufacturing and development facilities.

Effective research requires knowledge of the scientific principles of glass and fiber-making chemistry and physics, as well as aspects of the composites and textile-processing industries. PPG Fiber Glass continues to discover new technology to sustain our product leadership. With our science and technology facilities located near our manufacturing facilities, our researchers work side-by-side with product and process development groups to foster the efficient implementation of innovations into products and processes and to bring new concepts to reality.

Glass fibers fall into two categories: general purpose and special purpose. The widely used glass fiber types are general purpose, also known as E-Glass fibers.

As the possible market applications of composites continue to grow, our customers have faced challenges to meet the demands related to performance, cost, reliablity, and durability, as well as the increased focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship.

By going outside of the chemical boundaries of standard E-Glass, PPG recenly developed INNOFIBER XM fiber glass – an alkaline earth aluminosilicate glass that provides excellent tensile strength. INNOFIBER XM fiber glass enables one to explore new options and opportunities for fiber glass composite applications in the marketplace. The modulus performance of the mixed alkalai glass unquestionably differentiates it from standard E-Glass.

Dr. Hong Li, PPG staff scientist for fiber glass and American Ceramics Society Fellow will present “Alkaline Earth Aluminosilicate Glass: Route to High Modulus Fiber Reinforced Composites." at the International Fiber Glass Symposia in Aachen, Germany later this year. Click here for an abridged version of the paper to be presented by Dr. Li.

About PPG Fiber Glass
PPG's main centers for fiber glass research are located in Shelby, NC and Pittsburgh, PA with facilities in Europe as well. Their charter is to further the exciting potential of glass fibers, a versatile material for which applications are expanding rapidly.

Fiber glass is used in a wide range of demanding and diverse applications. Whether the applications are in electronic materials such as circuit boards, or in automotive applications from under-the-hood components like intake manifolds to body parts like hoods, bumper beams, and headlight housings, or in infrastructure and construction, or in marine and recreation, or in industrial applications such as composite pipe and polymer insulators, or in specialty markets such as filtration, thermal insulation, fiber optic cables and medical casts, PPG fiber glass delivers high value because of key properties such as strength, stiffness, thermal stability, and corrosion resistance

The growth of our business is possible only because it is supported by scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds, and by teams of individuals jointly carrying out cross-functional research and development efforts. To sustain the extraordinary growth of our businesses into the future, PPG continues to make significant investments in manufacturing and development facilities. Effective research requires knowledge of the scientific principles of glass and fiber-making chemistry and physics, as well as aspects of the composites and textile processing industries. Basic research continues to be aimed at discovering new technology needed in the future to sustain our product leadership, and applied product research and development support related efforts by our customers. Engineering skills are required to bring new concepts to reality, providing viable process technology and new facilities for expanding businesses.

Product leadership builds on Process leadership. With our S&T facilities located near manufacturing plants, our Researchers work side-by-side with product and process development groups. This arrangement fosters the efficient implementation of innovations into products and processes.

Diverse career opportunities exist for highly skilled and motivated scientists and engineers in multi-disciplinary research and development as well as key analytical research efforts. The opportunities include applied and fundamental research, and range from mathematical modeling, surface chemistry, polymer chemistry, colloid science and glass structure, to developmental work aimed at introducing fiber glass to an even wider range of commercial products to satisfy the dynamics and growth of the fiber glass business. Additionally, engineering endeavors in the design, optimization and construction of new process components and facilities are critical to our success.