Whether it's ordinary window glass, automotive glass, or the functional components of display devices, glass is widely used to improve the comfort of our daily lives. Glass is an essential component in the leading edge fields of the IT and electronics industries as well. There is still a great deal of unexploited potential in glass. The following is an introduction to some of the R&D activities for high functional glass technology at Central Glass.

Social issue:Improve the comfort of living spaces

Central Glass's engagement:R&D and commercialization of glass technologies to improve comfort

R&D Activities that Meet Society's Needs

Central Glass's research & development organization assesses the marketplace's needs for energy savings and safety, environmental considerations, and comfort, and engages in R&D to create new products that respond as quickly as possible to these needs.
In the automotive area, some of the products of Central Glass R&D include highly-durable water repellent glass, UV cut glass, and energy-saving glass that offers thermal insulation or heat-shielding properties. We are constantly engaged in research to create products designed to improve vehicle interior comfort. In the area of architectural glass, recent years have seen a greater demand for high-performance heat shielding/thermal insulating laminated glass, security glass, soundproofing glass, electromagnetic shielding glass, anti-fog mirrors for bathrooms, and other advanced multifunctional glass products. Our research responds to a wide range of needs, all with the goal of improving day-to-day livability.
In recent years, Central Glass has conducted research into glass frit, focusing its R&D efforts on glass materials for the electronic components, including the development of glass frit for high power LEDs.

Central Glass Has Extensive Functional Glass Technology

One of the ways to impart features to typical sheet glass is to apply a special film to the glass surface. In addition to its research into fundamental glass technology, Central Glass has for many years studied and developed optical design technology, technologies associated with film materials, and film coating technology. The 1980s saw the earliest commercialization of vehicles incorporating windshields that had built-in heads-up display features. These windshields used Central Glass technology.
More recently, in response to a growing demand for glass that has the ability to block harmful ultraviolet rays, Central Glass developed and commercialized UV cut glass products in a short time frame. Some customers are looking for glass that also blocks infrared rays, so we next turned to the development of glass that cuts infrared rays. In some ways, this has been a difficult product to commercialize, but through trial and error to optimize raw materials and increase the efficiency with which these materials are used, we have succeeded in improving yields leading to the successful development of this product more or less in parallel with UV cut glass.

Central Glass's Strengths

Our strength lies in our ability to analyze marketplace demand and combine the various technologies we have cultivated over the years, and to bring products from R&D to the market rapidly. We are now building a system that can efficiently advance our R&D efforts in a wide range of fields beyond sheet glass. In 2014, we acquired companies in Europe and the US as part of our automotive glass business. We now have a network that can respond to demand in Europe, North America, Japan, and around the world. We now have more opportunities for technical exchanges with overseas engineers, and we have begun R&D initiatives toward the creation of truly global products.

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