PPG Industries of the U.S. and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. of Taiwan plan
to build a plant in Kunshan, China, to make fiber glass yarns
primarily for electronics customers. The project is subject to Taiwan
government approval. PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co. Ltd. will produce
electronic yarns in a Kunshan industrial economic development zone
west of Shanghai. Nan Ya, a major printed circuit board producer, is
building an adjacent complex that will include weaving, laminating
and circuit board production facilities. It will be PFG (Kunshan)'s
principal customer. Kevin F. Sullivan, PPG vice president of fiber
glass, said construction is expected to begin early next year with
startup scheduled in early 2003. While the facility will have one
melting furnace at startup, Sullivan said the site allows for
significant future expansion. A holding company established in Hong
Kong will operate the Kunshan facility.
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