NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--M. Holland Company, a leading distributor of thermoplastic resins, announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with Owens Corning, a global leader in the glass fiber reinforced composite industry, to distribute the company’s XSTRAND™ products.
Owens Corning’s XSTRAND™ line of products are high-performance composite filaments for 3D printing, a growing market segment in which M. Holland is investing to support client needs. M. Holland will serve as Master Distributor for the products, managing a network of sub-distributors and directly distributing XSTRAND™ filaments to M. Holland clients in the thermoplastic resin industry in the United States and Mexico beginning in late May.
Owens Corning’s XSTRAND™ product line employs proprietary fiber reinforcement technology developed within its global technical network including dedicated 3D printing laboratories in the USA and France. XSTRAND™ filaments enable the production of 3D printed parts that are 50-250 percent stronger and stiffer, making them structurally superior to traditional 3D printed parts. In addition, the XSTRAND™ materials have good chemical and UV resistance. This combination of performance makes the XSTRAND™ product line suitable for industrial production and functional prototyping.
“We expect 3D printing to become an integral part of the global manufacturing infrastructure,” said Ed Holland, CEO at M. Holland. “Consistent with our mission as a distributor, we want to provide our suppliers with reliable channels to the plastics market while providing our clients with customized solutions to their material needs, which, to a growing degree, include 3D printing.”
To support its 3D printing initiatives, M. Holland is investing in new 3D printing capabilities at its research and development center in Easton, Pennsylvania, and adding dedicated commercial and technical support resources.
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