Owens Corning Fabwell shows new exterior panel at RV fair

Offering RV (Recreation Vehicle) manufacturers an exterior panel that is 20% lighter than traditional materials with exceptional durability, Owens Corning Fabwel introduced the CTEC panel on 30 Novemb…

Offering RV (Recreation Vehicle) manufacturers an exterior panel that is 20% lighter than traditional materials with exceptional durability, Owens Corning Fabwel introduced the CTEC panel on 30 November 2004 at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associations“ National RV Show in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the manufacturer, the all-composite CTEC panel reduces total vehicle weight and allows design engineers to differentiate vehicles by incorporating more features. The patent-pending CTEC panel is composed of layers of Owens Corning fiberglass reinforcements and polyester resins rather than traditional metals or composite-wood laminates. Unlike wood composite panels, the all-composite CTEC panel will not absorb water, which can add to the overall weight of the vehicle. Another advantage the CTEC panel gives manufacturers is a more pleasing appearance. Engineered to be free of board lines or voids, the panel exhibits a smoother, high-gloss automotive finish that performs well with dark colors and graphics, says the manufacturer. “The performance and aesthetic benefits of the CTEC panel give manufacturers exciting new options to differentiate their vehicles,” said Chuck Jerasa, general manager, Owens Corning Fabwel. “For example, the total weight reduction achieved through the lighter panel frees design engineers to incorporate more features and amenities such as televisions or tile flooring instead of vinyl. Our panel literally opens up a whole new field of options to manufacturers – allowing them to think in exciting new ways.” The construction of the CTEC panel also provides high strength and durability to withstand extreme weather and road conditions. “RVing is becoming increasingly popular in fact, some analysts have projected that annual RV-industry sales will rise six to 10% over the next five years. As more people spend more time in these homes away from home“ it“s natural that they“re demanding better quality and more features,” said Jerasa. Owens Corning Fabwel has been active in gel coat sheet glass production, steel and aluminum fabrication, as well as RV exteriors for more than 32 years.