Ceramic Industry

Laminated Glass Prominent at Auto Show, According to EPGAA (posted 2/4/09)

February 4, 2009

Numerous vehicles that were on display at the recent 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) touted laminated glass as standard or optional equipment in applications beyond the windshield, reported 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 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 by many additional vehicles, including those designed to exhibit quality, while being affordable to a variety of consumers. Notably, over the past three consecutive years at NAIAS, the vehicle named North American Car of the Year has included laminated door glass as standard equipment.

“We are pleased to see so many new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show with laminated glass,” said Pete Dishart, president of the EPGAA and director of New Product Development and Emerging Technologies for Pittsburgh Glass Works. “Under the difficult economic conditions the industry now faces, vehicle content decisions are receiving intense scrutiny. It is gratifying to see that laminated glass provides a compelling value proposition to the automotive manufacturers and their customers.”

Visit www.epgaa.com for more information.