In an interview for the Just-auto's magazine Antoine Luijkx of AGC Automotive Europe's Strategic Marketing department shared some key market and technical trends driving the auto glazing sector and how windows could become a screen for more infotainment in the self-driving car.
First seen at the Milan Design Week last year, Glascene is a revolutionary AGC transparent glass screen for projecting images. The big difference is that with Glascene the glass stays transparent when images are projected, creating a beautiful montage of floating images on a window – while keeping the full, uninterrupted view behind.
Self-driving cars may seem like a dream of the future, but much of the technology that supports the idea is already on the market. It’s called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – in-vehicle features which help the driver either avoid a crash (active safety) or reduce its impact (passive safety). Car manufacturers are packing more and more ADAS into their new models to help us drive smarter, and drive safer.
AGC’s ETFE Film looks and feels like a slightly thick, clear file folder for storing documents, but amazing functions are stored there. One of the functions that is most important is its light transmission. The light transmission of the ETFE Film is surprisingly more than 90%, while the light transmission of ordinary glass is in the 80% range. Moreover, the ETFE Film is lighter than glass, and highly resistant to soil. Because of this, the film is easy to use as a construction material, and also easy to maintain. As well the film’s high transmission rate enables fine adjustment and diffusion of light, which creates fantastic lighting decoration.
AGC EARNS THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION’S SEAL OF RECOMMENDATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE WINDOWS IN ALL DIRECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD
AGC has earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, an international symbol
As we communicate more and more from our cars (4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, remote functions, etc.) the number of antennas needed on board is sky-rocketing. And where’s the best place to put all these antennas? …In the glass, of course! That’s why AGC has been working to perfect the design, testing and production of advanced glass-embedded antennas.
In the presence of His Majesty the King of the Belgians during his State visit to Poland, confirmation of a transaction was signed by Jean-Marc Meunier, General Manager of AGC Automotive Europe, and Jacek Woźniak, Partner and Board Member of Enterprise Investors, which manages Polish Enterprise Fund VI, for the acquisition of the NordGlass, company which operates on the automotive replacement glass (ARG) market.
Electric windscreen wipers have been around since 1926 but their design and performance have constantly evolved. Today more changes are looming on the horizon – driven by new windscreen designs, higher safety requirements and innovative new technologies for improving visibility.
This Tesla is, in the strictest sense of the term, unique, not only because of its exterior design but also because of its glazing. In late 2014, wowed by the boldness of the only manufacturer of electric luxury vehicles in the market, AGC Automotive Europe acquired a Model S coupé-style sedan(1) that it is transforming into a demonstration car. The purpose? To enable customers to try out its latest innovations first-hand in a class-beating vehicle.
In order to consolidate its ARG activity (automotive replacement glass) in Europe, AGC Automotive Europe is acquiring the NordGlass company (Poland) from Polish Enterprise Fund VI (PEF VI), a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors. NordGlass specialises in producing windshields for the automotive industry and is an important player in the European aftermarket, with sales of around 1.3 million windshields in 2014. The company employs more than 1,100 people in Europe.