Common Basic Technology and Core Technology
AGC’s core technologies consist of highly sophisticated materials science, functional design that integrates materials science to achieve more advanced functionality and production technology that enables stable production of high quality products, based on the common basic technology that has been accumulated and deepened over many years. We also possess technologies for designing parts by assembling various materials, which we cultivated through our efforts to meet customers' expectations and our experience of utilizing various materials, and this enables us to bring out the full potential of materials.
Application of glass is expanding into various fields, such as window glass for buildings and automobiles, glass for flat panel displays (LC and organic EL), cover glass for smartphones, glass for electronic components, glass for solid electrolyte of ion batteries etc. AGC is deepening the composition design technologies for glass in order to meet the needs in these fields. We are also working on material designs from a new perspective by analyzing the structures of glass with advanced analytical and simulation technologies. Furthermore, we realized manufacturing of more advanced glass, and aim to commercialize it in a short period of time by collaborating with production technology development.
AGC commercialized ceramic materials after it started to produce refractory for an in-house glass furnace in 1916, which had been imported until then. The refractory for a high-grade glass furnace withstands high temperatures, having a composition and high homogeneity that are suitable for glass, which realizes the longer service life of furnaces. We have also developed non-glass materials that realize high durability, high corrosion resistance, energy saving and low environmental impact, and they are used in various areas of industrial furnaces. High purity silicon carbide ceramics have been utilized as material of semiconductor manufacturing equipment used at high temperatures. They have been recently adopted also for LED, solar cell, SiC power device applications, taking advantage of the bonding/precision processing/CVD technology cultivated in the field. We are aiming to propose new materials and products by applying ceramic materials and technologies utilized in various fields such as electronic components, refractories and fine ceramics.
AGC's inorganic materials technology began with in-house production of soda ash, a raw material of glass. It is now contributing to the businesses of functional silica, abrasives for electronic devices and advanced inorganic products such as various battery materials. We are vigorously proposing new value by combining them with various organic materials and resins and conducting studies to achieve higher performance by blending them in various coatings.
Organic and fluorine materials
AGC has been achieving the development of innovative products which were considered to be impossible to realize before, by utilizing various features of fluorine to impart unique functions by applying the fusional technologies of AGC’s specialties: technologies of fluorine chemistry, organic synthesis and molecular design. We aim to create a safe, secure, comfortable and environmentally friendly world by providing products globally in many industrial fields such as semiconductors, electronics, automobiles, energy, construction, food, medicine, and agriculture.
We offer appropriate solutions to answer customer's needs with our leading technical capabilities and a wide range of products, such as fluoropolymer and fluoroelastomer with heat and chemical resistance including fluoropolymer (ETFE) which has the top market share in the world, fluoropolymer film for film structure realizing high design capabilities, highly weather resistant solvent-soluble fluoropolymer for paint and coating material, high performance and highly durable electrolytic membranes and fuel cell components, flexible optical fiber capable of transmitting more information, highly durable fingerprint remover, refrigerant and solvent contributing to reducing environmental impact, original drug substance for glaucoma treatment and manufacturing process of pharmaceutical/agricultural chemical intermediate.
The chemicals business of AGC started with in-house production of soda ash which is a raw material of flat glass, and it is now spread across the fields of chloralkali, urethane, fluorine chemical and life sciences. In the field of polymer materials, we manufacture and sell polyether using propylene oxide as its base material. This technology is deployed for various purposes such as urethane foam, elastomer, adhesion and sealing parts. AGC also offer polymer of fluorine chemical materials utilizing polymerization using tetrafluoroethylene as a key monomer such as ETFE, and perfectly amorphous transparent fluororesin by cyclopolymerization like CYTOP. We are also studying the technology to formulate and compound them with various additives and other resins.