Evolution of Products and Technologies

From 1907 to the 1950s

1909
Belgian hand-blown sheet glass manufacture begins. (The first of such production in Japan)
1916
In-house production of long-lasting refractory bricks for melting furnaces begins.
1917
In-house production of soda ash, a key raw material for glass, begins.
1928
Production of flat glass by the Fourcault process begins.
1933
Caustic soda production using the ammonia method begins.
1938
Production of tempered glass and laminated glass begins.
1939
Production of refractory bricks begins at the Iho Plant.
1954
Production of double-glazing units PairGlass begins.
1955
Manufacture of glass bulbs for television picture tubes begins.
1956
Automotive glass business was launched on a full scale to respond to rapidly growing demand.
Mass production of flat glass using a Belgian method of producing glass with hand-blown cylinders begins for the first time in Japan.(1909)
In-house production of long-lasting refracto- ry bricks for melting furnaces begins.(1916)

The 1960s and 1990s

1961
Production of propylene oxide and propylene glycol begins.
1966
Production of float glass begins.
1972
Product development of AsahiGuard water and oil repellents and Aflon COP fluorinated resins begins.
1975
Development of the Flemion fluoropolymer ion-exchange membrane electrolysis method for manufacturing caustic soda.
1980
AZEC System, a new ion-exchange membrane electrolyzer, was developed.
1982
Production of fluoropolymer resin for coatings (LUMIFLON) begins.
1990
CYTOP transparent amorphous fluoropolymer was developed.
1995
Production of glass substrates for TFT-LCDs begins.
Caustic soda production using the ammonia method begins.(1933)
Manufacture of glass bulbs for television picture tubes begins.(1955)
Automotive glass business launched on a full scale to respond to rapidly growing demand.(1956)
Production of float glass begins.(1966)

2000s –

2005
Sales of automotive door glass that blocks infrared rays was launched.
2008
High-performance Fluon® ETFE FILM was used for various sports venues at global sports event in Beijing.
2011
Worldwide sales of Dragontrail glass for smartphones and tablet computers begin.
2011
Sales of UV Verre Premium Cool on tempered glass for automotive door windows begin.
2015
Supply of HFO-1234yf, a next-generation auto-mobile refrigerant with a low environmental burden, begins.
Product development of AsahiGuardTM water and oil repellants and AflonTM COP fluorinated resins begins.(1972)
Production of fluoropoly- mer resin for coatings (LUMIFLONTM) begins.(1982)
 
Production of glass substrates for TFT-LCDs begins.(1995)
UV Verre Premium Cool onTM tempered glass for automotive door windows sales begin.(2011)