Owens Corning Sets Up Fabrics Excellence Center In Belgium

Toledo, Ohio-based glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials producer Owens Corning has
set up a 5,500-square-meter center of excellence for technical fabrics at its manufacturing plant
in Zele, Belgium. The center will have pilot- and full-scale advanced production equipment capable
of weaving, stitching and assembling multi-axial fabrics and a laboratory to test and evaluate new
infusion molding and other closed-mold fabric technologies prior to production or use in customer

“By centralizing our fabric development activities in Zele, we will have more flexibility in
scheduling and can continue the work 24/7 if necessary,” said Mark Neville, vice president and
managing director, OCV™ Technical Fabrics. “The expertise at this center will also further drive
standardization and quality in our manufacturing facilities to better serve our customers.”

According to Dr. Chris Skinner, director of global technical marketing for OCV Technical
Fabrics, having a focused fabrics excellence center is the next step in the evolution of composite
materials and will provide flexibility to make multiple changes on a project as it develops.

The center also expands the company’s global science and technology network, according to
Ashish Diwanji, vice president for innovations, Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business. “The
excellence center for technical fabrics has robust links to the company’s major innovation centers
in Chambery (France) and Granville (Ohio), enabling rapid introduction of fundamental innovations
by the fabrics business,” Diwanji said. “The center is a major tool for supporting our customers in
developing new applications and markets for composites, and for continuing our more than 70 years
of leading glass fiber materials innovation.”

April 27, 2010