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AGC to Double its Production Capacity of Energy-Saving Low-E Glass

The company will make an investment of approximately 3 billion yen in the new facilities, and aim at launching their operation in April 2012 with the purpose of actively responding to a surge in demand for Ecoglass (low-E double-glazing glass) and the need for an increase in product performance/diversification. For over a period of ten years, AGC has been manufacturing and selling low-E glass, a component of Ecoglass, using the high performance inducing sputtering method and currently has the largest share of the domestic market. AGC looked upon the surging demand and diversifying needs with regards to Ecoglass and decided to establish state-of-the-art coating facilities. The features of the facilities that will be newly introduced are as follows. • The largest coating capacity in Japan: Delivers a coating capacity of 6,8 Mm2/a initially in new facilities alone and of 13 Mm2/a when combined with existing facilities. • The largest number of coating layers in Japan: High-performance Ecoglass and a wide range of color variations can be achieved with more advanced multilayer coating, which is created using one of AGC’s specialty area: the sputtering method. (10/2010)

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