Global Fiberglass Solutions Poised for Commercial Success in 2021

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GFS expand capacity at its Texas plant refining manufacturing process to increase production of commercial feedstock and specialized material in the use of pellets, panels and compatible polymer material.

From wind turbine blades to multiple applications

While navigating its way through COVID-19 challenges, Global Fiberglass Solutions (GFS) is making steady progress toward commercialization in 2021 and experiencing high demand for its recycled product applications.

During 2020 GFS took steps to refine manufacturing processes and expand capacity at its West Texas pilot plant, proving its patented technology converts over 95% of fiberglass waste material into reusable feedstock.

The primary interest in purchasing feedstock and commercial products from that facility includes customers from the material distribution, capital goods, and transportation industries. Applications include construction and building materials, infrastructure products, and specialized materials in the form of fibers, pellets, panels, and 3D manufacturing compatible polymer concrete material.

This array of options, along with the high conversion rate of waste materials, far exceeds other recycling applications such as single-use incorporation of recycled fiberglass in cement manufacturing.

GFS continues to take steps to integrate vertically by building a supply chain network that ensures a steady recycling supply of wind turbine blades and fiberglass composite materials from other industries. Committed backlog at the end of 2020 of blades from wind farm operators alone exceeds one year’s current recycling capacity.

Chain-of-custody transparency is an essential ingredient for certification under GeenBlue’s proposed Recycled Material Standard*. It will likely enhance a publicly-traded company’s chance of qualifying for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices**. GFS provides its customers with full chain-of-custody transparency via GFS’s novel RFID-tagging BladeTracker® software.

As GFS embarks to meet the exciting challenges and opportunities of 2021, joint product development and funding partnerships are nearing fruition. These resources will help GFS increase material collection and manufacturing capacity, expand geographic reach, future applications, and offerings of recycled and recyclable products.

*GreenBlue is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. Its mission is to promote the principles of sustainable materials management — use wisely, eliminate toxicity, and recover more.

**The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices operate under a strategic partnership between S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM (Sustainable Asset Management).

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