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UV protection has been drawing increasing attention for health and skincare reasons. AGC conducted a face-to-face survey of drivers in Japan, with a particular focus on female drivers, and learned that respondents are most concerned about UV rays from automotive glass/windows. In addition, another study showed that drivers are most concerned about sunburn on the arms, followed by the face and hands, which tend to be exposed to strong sunlight over a prolonged period of time.
AGC concluded that, based on the survey results, there is a consumer demand for front door glass with a superior UV-blocking property. Thus, the company began development of a new UV-blocking front door glass, with the aim of offering greater interior comfort. To further increase the UV-blocking property of tempered glass for front door windows, a high-performance UV-absorbing layer had to be developed to form a glass surface on top of the conventional glass. In addition, the UV-absorbing layer had to be scratch resistant in order to endure the opening/closing of front door windows.
For additional details, visit www.agc.co.jp.