Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. announced it will introduce coating facilities at its Kashima plant, in addition to the low-e glass production facilities currently in operation, to double its low-e glass production capacity. The company will invest approximately ¥3 billion (~ $36 million) in the new facilities and plans to launch operations in April 2012.
High-energy-saving glass has received increased attention recently, as public awareness toward energy conservation grows, the housing eco-point system has been introduced, and the Energy Conservation Law has been revised. While transparent, double-glazing glass was previously used primarily in newly constructed single-family houses, multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings in the past, demand for ecoglass with higher energy-saving performance has been rising sharply since the beginning of 2010 and is expected to expand further.
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