Due to major changes in the automotive industry, including autonomous driving, electrification and connected technology, vehicle cockpits are expected to continue adopting innovative, dynamic design as they evolve into a digital lounge. Driven by this trend, car-mounted display cover glass is expected to increase in size, shape-complexity, functionality, while at the same time, safe design is becoming a key demand as sizes increase. AGC has built up over 60 years of design expertise as a world-leading automotive glass company, which it draws on to supply customers with cover glass that delivers both high quality and safety.
Together with the two existing plants in Japan, the establishment of this new plant marks AGC's third production facility, thereby securing a framework that will enable the company to provide high-quality glass on a global level. AGC also plans to establish a new development center specializing in new design and high functionality at its Keihin Plant in Japan in order to realize a system able to flexibly adapt to upcoming changes in cockpit design.
Highly acclaimed for its advantages shown below, AGC's car-mounted display cover glass has been adopted for more than 70 vehicle models, with total shipments expected to reach 20 million units by September 2019.
|■||Ensures the level of safety expected from an in-vehicle material by being molded under a special process that ensures maximum glass strength after undergoing AGC's unique design and evaluation process|
|■||Provides a superior quality product as a result of AGC Group handling every aspect of the production process - including production of the chemically strengthened glass, application of optical thin coating, decorative printing, and composite molding of complex curved surfaces|
|■||Plays a key role in improving both the viewing clarity and usability of displays through proprietary coating and decorative printing technologies covered by multiple patents|
|(1) Company||AGC Automotive (Suzhou) Inc.|
|(2) Location||No.158 Wang- Jiang Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, P.R.China|
|(3) Start of Sales||2022 (scheduled)|
|(4) Business activities||Production of car-mounted display cover glass|
(1) Events to date
|2013:||Production of car-mounted display cover glass began at AGC Display Glass Yonezawa Co., Ltd.|
|2017:|| Mass production of world's first* 3D curved cover glass for car-mounted displays began at AGC's Keihin Plant
*: As of May 23, 2017, based on AGC research
(2) Production plants as of September 2019
|Flat glass product:||AGC Display Glass Yonezawa Co., Ltd. (Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture)|
|Curved glass product:||AGC’s Keihin Plant (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)|