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Press Release: June 9, 2010

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Kerry Desberg  

Owens Corning Helps World Cup Soccer Stadium Get Greener with Cem-FIL® Alkali-Resistant Glass Fibers

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) Cem-FIL® alkali-resistant (AR) glass fibers will take the field at the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 11. The newly redesigned stadium features fibreC® concrete panels from Rieder Smart Elements, reinforced with Cem-FIL® AR fibers, which reduce the weight and thickness of the concrete by up to 10 times compared to conventional panels. They are 100 percent recyclable; and enhance building life and durability with resistance to corrosion, fire, UV light and temperature variations.

"The world continues to raise the bar on sustainability in building materials," said Owens Corning Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O'Brien-Bernini. "Demand is increasing for resource-efficient, lighter, stronger, more durable and more recyclable materials. Products such as Owens Corning Cem-FIL® glass fibers are quickly becoming must-haves in order to meet evolving building standards."

O'Brien-Bernini added that despite slower construction growth in many markets around the world, demand for fiber additives in cement and concrete is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per year through 2012.* "The use of Cem-FIL® in buildings like Soccer City Stadium is certainly helping drive that momentum," he said.

The Rieder fibreC® panels featuring Owens Corning Cem-FIL® AR glass fibers provide these advantages:

  --  Cem-FIL® fibers deliver significantly higher tensile strength than
      steel at much lighter weight and lower mass.
  --  Cem-FIL® fibers provide excellent weatherability, fire resistance
      (class A1 according to the DIN standard) and durability to reduce
      maintenance and extend useful life.
  --  After grinding, old panels are recyclable with up to 15 percent
      regrind utilized for the fabrication of new fibreC® panels, while 100
      percent regrind can be added to concrete mixes. The composition of
      fibreC® panels allows the material to be recycled, so it is listed in
      the GreenSpec® directory as an environmentally preferable product and
      evaluated for U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® credits.

Design freedom is another advantage of the glass-fiber-reinforced fibreC® panels. The façade of the stadium evokes a traditional African calabash cooking pot, requiring markedly curved panels. By enabling thinner and lighter panels, Owens Corning Cem-FIL® glass fibers help make it possible to create these sculpted forms without compromising strength and resilience. The fibreC® panels are available in standard and custom colors; a palette of earth tones was chosen for the stadium cladding.

"Products like Cem-FIL® are indispensable in changing the way building materials can perform," said Rieder Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Rieder. "The world is changing and the solutions we deliver must change along with it. This is a revolutionary time for the construction industry."

Chosen as one of 10 venues that will host 2010 World Cup matches, Soccer City Stadium began renovations in January 2007 and was completed in October 2009. The three-tier stadium soars 60 meters (197 feet) into the air, stretches across 300 meters (984 feet) and can accommodate 95,000 fans.

About Owens Corning Alkali-Resistant Glass Fibers:

Owens Corning AR glass fibers have the same density as cement and therefore do not float or sink, providing excellent dispersion in the matrix. They do not corrode and are resistant to the acids and alkalis present in concrete. The fibers provide strong, durable performance in a wide variety of cement- and mortar-based applications, including such primary structural elements as flooring, renders, top screeds, tunnels and utility poles. Cem-FIL® AR glass fiber reinforcements are available worldwide in rovings, chopped strands, meshes and mats. For more information, visit

About Rieder:

Rieder is a family-owned company with headquarters in Maishofen, Austria. For almost 50 years, the company has been known as a leading specialist innovating solutions for concrete as a building material. Additional information is available at

  ® Cem-FIL is a registered trademark of Owens Corning.
  ® fibreC is a registered trademark of Rieder Smart Elements GmbH.
  ® GreenSpec is registered trademark of BuildingGreen, Inc.
  ® LEED is a registered trademark of U.S. Green Building Council.

*Freedonia study, Concrete Additive Industry study and forecast for 2012 and 2017


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Rieder Smart Elements fibreC(R) concrete panels, reinforced with Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) Cem-FIL(R) alkali-resistant (AR) glass fibers will take the field at the opening match of this year's FIFA World Cup at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 11. Cem-FIL(R) AR glass fibers are up to 10 times lighter than conventional panels, 100 percent recyclable and enhance building life and durability with their resistance to corrosion, fire, UV light and temperature variations. (PRNewsFoto/Owens Corning)