TOKYO Feb. 9, 2011 20 billion yen $240 million USD Japan
The furnace, specialized in producing glass for electronic applications, will employ the float process for high-efficiency production and will fabricate glass of varying thicknesses. With the contribution of the new facility, AGC expects to achieve and maintain a 30 percent share of the expanding global market for chemically strengthened glass.
The end-user market for mobile devices is surging, with annual sales of smart phones and tablet PCs expected to average roughly 40 percent and 90 percent growth, respectively, between 2010 and 2013, according to DisplaySearch, a leading global market research firm. The majority of these devices use touch screen panels that require a tough cover material to protect their surfaces, which is spurring demand for chemically strengthened glass.
Dragontrail, which launched in January, is an exceptionally strong and highly scratch-resistant glass material once undergoing chemical processing for further strengthening. With its new furnace at the Takasago Plant in Hyogo Prefecture, AGC now looks forward to flexibly expanding its supply in response to the fast-expanding market for Dragontrail. The furnace also gives AGC the capability to produce evolved versions of specialty glass for chemical strengthening in the future by incorporating its extensive technical expertise in specialty glass for electronic applications.
As AGC works to build new foundations for growth under its Grow Beyond strategy, the company is determined to continue developing Dragontrail and other specialty glass for chemical strengthening as a key pillar of its long-term sustainability.
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