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Release: May 8, 1996

NGK'S U.S. SUBSIDIARY STARTED MASS PRODUCTION OF POLYMER INSULATORS

NGK Insulators, Ltd. (President: Masaharu Shibata, Head Office: Nagoya) established its U.S. subsidiary, NGK-Locke Polymer Insulators, Inc., in January, 1995, as a U.S. production base of polymer insulators. NGK's investment, which was U.S. $10 million in April, 1996, made it possible that NGK-Locke moved its production facilities for expansion and started mass production of polymer insulators.

The opening ceremony for new production facilities was held on April 25th. Mr. Shibata, President of NGK, and more than 100 guests from Virginia State, Virginia Beach City, and the local power industry were in attendance.

The objective of participation in polymer insulators production

Ceramic-made insulators are generally common and NGK, which has its own production companies in the U.S. and Europe, accounts for a large share of ceramic insulators, and especially possesses the World's No.1 share in the high voltage industry.

However, recently the polymer insulators, which consist of FRP(Fiber Reinforced Plastics)-made sticks, employed for cores, and rubber-made spirals, surrounding the cores (See the attached), have begun to be used in the U.S. instead of ceramic insulators. The polymer insulators have become mainstream in the power distribution industry. NGK has emphasized on the research and evaluation of polymer insulators. The advantages of such products , which are shooting-resistance and light, are especially suitable for the U.S. market demands; in response to such demands, NGK invested on NGK-Locke to reinforce its production.

NGK expects the increase of demand in Central and South America as well as the U.S.; therefore, it will make NGK-Locke function as an export center for such areas.


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