Global composite and building material supplier Owens Corning has launched AdVeil nonwoven glass veil incorporating a new technology that brings cost and production benefits to the cushion vinyl (CV) flooring industry. Based on the company’s patented Advantex glass technology, AdVeil glass veil is supplied pre-filled with a proprietary inorganic formulation that reduces plastisol use up to 150 grams per square meter—a savings of up to 30% compared to conventional nonwoven glass veil offered in the marketplace.
The new product features the same thickness as standard veil but has a weight of 180 grams versus 40 grams, making it less sensitive to creasing in the manufacturing process. AdVeil also offers an improved smooth-surface base for the design layer, significantly reducing the risk of printing defects and improving design quality. Other features include mechanical and dimensional stability and high thermal stability.
“AdVeil glass veil not only provides cushion vinyl flooring manufacturers with a product that helps reduce raw material use and costs with only minor production modifications, it also allows them to deliver an enhanced product to their customers that improves their production efficiencies and end product,” said Jean-Jacques Michat, Western Europe flooring sales leader, OCV Nonwoven Technologies.
Underpinning the commercial and production advantages of AdVeil glass veil is its environmental profile, which fits with the increasingly tough demands from the flooring industry and consumers. AdVeil glass veil is manufactured with Advantex glass fibers, which are produced using Advantex glass furnace technology in a boron-free process. When compared to traditional E-glass manufacturing technology, this process results in up to a 90% reduction in fluoride emissions, a more than 85% reduction in particulate emissions and a more than 65% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions. According to Owens Corning, Advantex technology is more energy efficient than traditional E-glass, resulting in less demand for fossil fuels and lower carbon dioxide emissions.