Norplex/Oak, a subsidiary of Allied-Signal Inc., has signed a joint venture agreement with Nitto Boseki Co. to construct and operate an NT$1 billion (about $36 million) facility to manufacture glass fiber products in Taiwan under a Nittobo license.
Norplex/Oak will be an equal partnership joint venture if approved by the Taiwan government. Construction of its facility in northern Taiwan will begin in November 1987, with full-scale production scheduled for mid-1989. Initially the facility will manufacture 10,000 metric tons of E-type glass yarn a year.The facility will supply continuous glass fiber strands to the copper clad laminate segment of the electronics industry. The joint venture is part of Norplex/Oak's strategy to maintain its position in the Asian laminate market.
Norplex/Oak currently weaves glass fabrics used in laminates under Nittobo's license in Taiwan. The joint venture continues Norplex/Oak's vertical integration of laminate production by adding glass fiber to its existing copper foil, resin and woven glass fabric operations. For Nittobo, the joint venture expands the production of glass fibers from Japan into Taiwan.
Nittobo, based in Tokyo, is a major supplier of glass fiber products serving the textiles, building materials and chemicals industries. Norplex/ Oak, which has production facilities in the United States, West Germany, Taiwan, Inida, Singapore and Korea, is a leading manufacturer of copper clad laminate for printed circuit boards, according to a company spokeswoman.