Owens Corning's new facility will be built to meet demand for bio-based products, and will be located in Gastonia, North Carolina.

The facility will feature advanced manufacturing technology to meet growing customer demand for Sustaina, the company's non-woven glass fiber fabric.

The new equipment will add manufacturing flexibility to produce different widths of the Sustaina non-woven glass fiber fabric.

This will enable more customers to use the product in their applications.

Sustaina surfacing and reinforcing glass non-wovens were introduced to the European market in June 2013.

The product uses a bio-based binder system with high tensile strength performance and does not contain any formaldehyde.

The new plant will be able to run four-meter widths of Sustaina fabric, rather than the narrower width currently produced on existing assets.

Steven Vermeulen, Vice President and Managing Director, Engineered Solutions said: "The line is designed to facilitate the highest level of quality and efficiency – the flexibility to produce the wider veil will help us get better yields and there will be less waste."

Sustaina fabric is designed for use in residential and commercial building applications, such as cushion vinyl flooring, ceiling backings, and insulation facers.

For carpet tiles, Sustaina non-wovens' high hot tensile strength is an advantage over non-wovens with acrylic binders.

Sustaina non-wovens also offer significant cost savings over conventional non-urea-formaldehyde non-wovens.