Owens Corning is to invest $50 million to rebuild a glass melter and expand production capacity by 25% at its Chambéry, France, composites manufacturing facility.

The investment will support the growing demand for thermoplastics in Europe. The melter is expected to be operational by mid-2018.

“This investment will support our customers’ growth in the thermoplastic chopped strand market by ensuring that we continue providing consistent, high-quality products,” said Umberto Rigamonti, Owens Corning’s Vice President and Managing Director of Glass Reinforcements Europe and Global Thermoplastic Products.

After the rebuild, all thermoplastic chopped strand products from the Chambéry facility will be based on boron-free Advantex glass.

Advantex glass contributes to decreased emissions and reduces the environmental impact of manufacturing fiberglass, compared to standard E-glass.