November 9, 1998Management


Tokyo, JAPAN - Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. today announced that it had incorporated AP Technoglass de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. ("APDM"; Headquarters in El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico; President; Mr. Kazuhiko Hirata) as a wholly owned subsidiary to be engaged in the production and sales of automotive glass in Mexico.

Mexican economy has recovered from Peso crisis thanks to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) started in 1994 and steadily grown to date. Especially, the winning industry is the automotive sector, which shows more than 10% growth in the production, due to the strong exports. The forecast for 1998 vehicle outputs exceeds 1.5 million cars. Asahi Glass has studied the feasibility of automotive glass plant in Mexico, which becomes a strategically important supply platform for enlarged North American market. Finally, it decided to enter the country on the basis of 100% ownership with 40 million US Dollar investment.

With APDM in addition, Asahi Glass now has three automotive glass plants in North America; the first in Ohio, the second in Kentucky and the third in Jalisco.

APDM has already started the construction of the plant in last April. The trial production will start in February, 1999 and the commercial one is scheduled in the third quarter of 1999. APDM initially serves to Nissan, Honda and GM and plans to gradually expand its business basis to other customers. Asahi group continues to grow its presence in the North American market through the incorporation of APDM.


Company Name : AP Technoglass de Mexico, S.A., de C.V.
Headquarters : Elsalto Industrial Park, El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico
(Near Guadalahara)
President : Mr. Kazuhiko Hirata
Capital : Approximately 10 million US Dollars
Shareholder : AFG Industries Inc. (an U.S. subsidiary of AGC)
Total Investment : Approximately 40 million US Dollars
Number of Employee : Approximately 180 people (at the initial stage)
Incorporated : March,1998
Business : Production and sales of automotive glass
Production Capacity : Approximately 400,000 carsets per year
Ownership Structure

Ownership Structure

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Yoshiyasu Okuda
Overseas Business Div.
Fabricated Glass General Div.
TEL: +81-3-3218-5385