Our Story

Overview

AGC was founded in 1907 by Toshiya Iwasaki, the second son of the second president of the original Mitsubishi Corporation. Under him, it succeeded in the first Japanese production of sheet glass. His pioneering spirit, summarized in the basic principle " Never take the easy way out, but confront difficulties" was the driving force behind AGC's mastery of a succession of difficult business challenges and the company's subsequent dynamic growth.

Establishment

1907

Asahi Glass Company established in Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref.

 

 


1909

 

 

Belgian-type hand-blown sheet glass manufacture begins. (The first such production in Japan)

I Pioneer Spirit

1914

The first shipment of sheet glass exported to England.

 

 


1917

Headquarters moved to Tokyo.

 

Soda ash first produced at Kitakyushu by the ammonium method.


1918

Asahi Glass Laboratory established in Usigome,Tokyo.

 

 


1925

 

 

Shoko Glass Co., Ltd. established in China.

II Modernize

1928

 

 

Production of ordinary sheet glass by the Fourcault process begins.


1933

The Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion (now the Asahi Glass Foundation) established to commemorate our 25th anniversary.

 

Caustic soda production using the lime process begins.


1954

Asahi Special Glass established.

 

 

IV Rapid Progress

1956

The Indo-Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. established.

 

Production of automotive glass begins.


1957

Asahi Glass Scholarship Foundation established to Commemorate our 50th anniversary.

 

 


1960

 

 

Production of ion-exchange membrane begins.


1963

Thai-Asahi Glass Public Co., Ltd. established.

 

 


1964

Thai Caustic Soda Co. established.

 

Production of fluorocarbon begins.

Production of chlorine products and electrolytic caustic soda begins.

V Overseas

1965

New research laboratory opened in Yokohama.

 

 


1966

Float glass production begins.

 

 


1972

P.T. Asahimas Flat Glass Co., Ltd. set up in Indonesia.

Pacific Glass Corp. established in Taiwan.

 

 

VI Globalization

1973

AA Glass Corp. established in the U.S.A.

 

 


1975

 

 

Production of water and oil repellents (Asahi Guard) begins.

Production of Aflon COP (fluorinated resins) begins.


1980

 

 

The AZEC System of caustic soda manufacturing is developed.

VII New Century

1981

 

Asahi Glass acquired Glaverbel S.A. and MaasGlas B.V., glass companies in Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Production and marketing of fluorinated resins. (Asahi-ICI Fluoropolymers Co., Ltd.)


1983

 

 

Production of siding boards for houses begins.


1984

Asahi Glass acquired invested in Nippon Carbide and ELNA.

 

Production of solvent-soluble fluoropolymer for paints (Lumiflon) begins.


1985

AP Technoglass Co. established in the U.S.A.

 

Production of non-alkali glass and synthetic quartz begins.


1989

Siam Asahi Technoglass Co., Ltd. established in Thailand.

 

Chlorofluorocarbon alternative (HCFC 225) developed.


1991

Asahi Glass Foundation creates the "Blue Planet Prize" to honor those who help solve environmental problems.

 

TFT-LCD glass substrates production begins.


1992

Dalian Float Glass Co., Ltd. established in China.

Floatglass India Ltd. established in India.

Acquired AFG Industries, Inc. of the U.S.A.

 

 


1994

Zibo Asahi Glass Fused Materials Co., Ltd. established in China.

 

 


1995

Asahi Glass invests in Qinhuangdao Haiyan Safety Glass Co., Ltd. in China

 

Start of automotive glass business in China.

 


1996

Opened corporate website on the Internet..

AG Electronic Materials, Inc. is established in the United States.

 



Start of commercial sales of PD200 glass for plasma display panels.


1997

 

 

Production and sales of flat-faced TV tube glass bulbs "Tripled" commence.


1998

Wakasa AGC Fine Chemicals Co. established for production of pharmaceutical ingredients.

AP Technoglass de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. established in Mexico.

 

 


2000

Korea Autoglass Corporation (a joint venture with Kumgang Korea Chemical Co., Ltd.) is established.

Asahi Glass Fine Techno Taiwan Co., Ltd. is established.

 

 

Sale of Lucina (Perfluorinated Optical Fiber) begins.

Work begins on full-scale implementation of the Asahi Glass S. Pombe Expressin (ASPEX) system for protein production.

Low-reflectance and anti-condensation glass for car windshields is developed.


2001

Introduced stock option system.

 

 


2002

Creation of AGC Group Vision, "Look Beyond"

Introduced an in-house company system

The executive officer committee system of corporate governance is adopted.

 

COOLVERRE windshield glass, which cuts out infrared radiation, is developed.


2004

" JIKKO " management policy introduced.

 

Fluon® ETFE Film selected for the Allianz-Arena Soccer Stadium in Germany.


2005

Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea is established.

 

Started glass substrates business for HDDs


2006

AGC Glass Hungary is established.

 

Fluon® ETFE Film selected for the main stadium and the venture for aquatics games at a global sport event in Beijing.


2007

Group brand unified as “AGC.”

 

 


2008

Management policy "Grow Beyond" introduced.

 

 


2010

Production of world's largest float glass furnace has started in Russia.

 

"UV Verre Premium" ,glass for automotive door windows introduced


2011

AGC Display Glass (Kunshan), first production base for TFT-LCD glass substrates in China has established

 

"Dragontrail", glass for chemical strengthing launched The world's thinnest soda-lime glass substrate for touchscreens has developed.

0.1-milimeter-thick"ultra-thin glass" has developed.


2012

Signed an agreement to become a branded licensee of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

 

"Leoflex", a chemically strengthened specialty glass for versatile applications has developed.


2013

Regional headquarters has established in Singapore.

Production of float glass has started in Brazil.

 

"AN Wizus", a glass substrate for High Resolution Displays has developed.


2014

Take over PVC company in Vietnam.

Technical center for the chemicals business has established in Shanghai City, China.

 

"Lightjoule", an ultra-lightweight solar panel has developed.

"Clearsight", Anti-reflective Glass Ideal for Outdoor Use has developed.


2015

Management policy
AGC plus introduced.

 

 

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