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Research and Markets recently announced the addition of its “Flexible Glass Markets, 2013 and Beyond” report. Flexible glass is ultrathin glass that can be stored and used in roll form, due to its thinness. The selling point of flexible glass is that, like plastic-based films, it can provide a lighter weight, lower cost alternative to rigid glass, yet deliver the superior barrier performance, transparency, temperature stability, and familiarity of glass.
Flexible glass reportedly has a role to play in reducing costs and improving marketability through enabling the production of lighter weight products. Enabling lighter weight products is particularly important in mobile computing applications like smartphones and tablets, but it is also of critical importance in many photovoltaics (PV) applications, particularly building-integrated PV.
Flexible glass is reportedly emerging as a leading candidate for the encapsulation of sensitive electronics, particularly in OLED displays, OLED lighting, and organic and dye-sensitized cell PV applications. Flexible glass can enable encapsulation with higher performance, and potentially easier implementation, than some advanced multilayer barrier systems proposed for use in PV and displays.
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