Ceramic Industry

AGC Invests in California Nanocoatings Company

April 16, 2012

Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) recently announced its wholly owned Georgia-based U.S. subsidiary, AGC America Inc., has invested approximately $2 million in Rolith Inc., a California-based developer of ultra-advanced, industrial-scale nanostructured coatings. AGC reportedly intends to combine its proprietary glass coating technology with Rolith’s nanostructure formation technology to strengthen its glass development and produce glass products satisfying a variety of needs.

“Combining the AGC Group’s coating technology with Rolith’s nanostructure formation technology will enable us to produce high-function glass for advanced application envisioned in fields such as electronics, solar power, automotives and architecture,” said Naoki Sugimoto, general manager, Global Technology Networking, AGC America. “Meanwhile, AGC will continue to develop its own coating technologies to apply functional layers to glass surfaces for extra functionality.”

New technologies are leading to expanded applications for glass, such as smudge-proof cover glass for smartphones and other mobile devices; energy-saving, fog-proof automotive glass for electric vehicles; and antireflection cover glass for highly efficient photovoltaic cells.

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