BGF Industries, Greensboro, N.C., a subsidiary of Groupe Porcher Industries of Badinieres, France, entered into a long-term exclusive agreement with belChem Fiber Materials GmbH of Germany to manufacture and market needled mat in North America. The SilcoSoft(tm) nonwoven mat uses belChem's silica-like belCoTexR fiber. The mat is used in industrial furnace insulation, muffler packing expansion joints, heat shields and other industrial insulation applications.