Saint-Gobain and Corning Announce New Joint Venture to Produce Lightweight Glazing for the Automotive Market
Saint-Gobain Sekurit and Corning Inc. recently announced that they have signed an agreement to establish an exclusive joint venture, equally owned by Saint-Gobain and Corning, to develop, manufacture, and sell lightweight automotive glazing solutions. The venture is expected to build manufacturing facilities to meet worldwide automotive market demand.
This new venture will take advantage of the resources of its parent companies to bring innovations to the automotive market. These thin, lightweight automotive glazing solutions can be used for all laminated windows in an automobile and will significantly reduce vehicle weight, which will improve fuel efficiency, environmental impact, and vehicle handling. Laminated windows made with ultra-thin Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive and Sekurit’s automotive glass and window technologies reportedly offer an improved combination of lightness, toughness, and optical quality over traditional solutions. The joint venture’s advantaged glazing solutions will further enable automakers to develop the “car of the future,” including improved head-up display images.
“By combining the know-how of Saint-Gobain, a world leader in developing and processing automotive glass, with Corning’s innovative Corning Gorilla Glass technology, the joint venture will provide the opportunity to create a major innovation in one of Saint-Gobain’s historical businesses,” said Houchan Shoeibi, president of Saint-Gobain Sekurit.
“We are excited to collaborate with a world leader in automotive glass, Saint-Gobain, to accelerate adoption of thin, lightweight, durable and optically advantaged auto glazing,” said Martin J. Curran, executive vice president and innovation officer of Corning. “Today’s announcement further demonstrates Corning’s ability to leverage its glass fusion manufacturing expertise and auto industry experience to extend Gorilla Glass into the automotive glass market.”