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Auto Show Highlights Laminated and Advanced Solar Control Glass

February 1, 2012
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Many vehicles on display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) incorporated available laminated glass and/or advanced solar control glass in applications beyond the windshield, according to the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA). Those window positions include driver and passenger side windows, rear windows, and roof glass.

New adoptions of laminated glass reportedly demonstrate the value that automakers continue to place on the benefits of the product. Since 2000, when the technology began to appear on luxury vehicles at NAIAS, laminated glass has been adopted on many additional platforms, providing affordable quality while improving safety, minimizing exposure to cancer-causing UV rays, and improving fuel efficiency/EV range through reduced A/C need in models that also include advanced solar control.

“We are pleased to see so many models with laminated glass at the North American International Auto Show-nearly 30% more than only three years ago,” said Pete Dishart, director of New Product Development and Emerging Technologies for Pittsburgh Glass Works, and EPGAA president. “The automotive industry’s continued resurgence requires more than just the awe-inspiring designs that are certainly abundant here. It is important for car manufacturers to provide quality, security, comfort, fuel economy and safety. Laminated glass and the advanced solar heat reduction technologies it offers can impact each of these areas in very meaningful ways. It is gratifying to see that laminated glass is increasingly being adopted in new vehicles.”

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