AGC (TOKYO:5201), a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and
high-tech materials, announced today that it has developed carrier glass
on which to laminate its 0.1 mm-thick ultra-thin glass for easy handling
and transportation during product manufacturing processes. Customers now
can utilize ultra-thin glass without altering their existing production
facilities, a major stride toward the commercialization of ultra-thin
glass for next-generation displays and various other applications.
Ultra-thin laminated glass substrate (Photo: Business Wire)
Ultra-thin glass, which AGC developed last year, offers excellent
transparency, heat resistance and electrical insulation, as well as
extra thinness and flexibility, making it ideal for next-generation
displays, touchscreens and lighting equipment.
A sample of carrier glass technology will be exhibited at AGC's booth at
the Society for Information Display (SID) exhibition in Boston, U.S.A.
from June 4.
The roll-to-roll production method, which is currently under
development, enables rolls of ultra-thin glass to be used conveniently
in continuous strips during production. However, the method has required
substantial alterations in production facilities to ensure proper
handling of the ultra-thin glass. To overcome this need and thereby
accelerate commercialization, AGC has now developed the technology to
laminate ultra-thin glass onto 0.5mm carrier glass. The laminated glass
substrate can be handled much the same as ordinary glass sheet
(sheet-to-sheet method), enabling circuit formation and other processing
of ultra-thin glass without having to alter existing production
Carrier glass and ultra-thin glass are laminated via a special bonding
layer that makes the laminated substrate high resistant to heating and
chemical processing during production. Furthermore, the carrier glass
prevents the ultra-thin glass from coming into direct contact with
processing equipment to prevent defects like scratches, and can be
easily delaminated after processing.
About the AGC Group
The AGC Group, with Tokyo-based Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. at its core, is a
world-leading supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals
and other high-tech materials and components. Drawing on more than a
century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed world-class
expertise in fields including glass, fluorine chemistry and ceramics
technologies. The group employs some 50,000 people worldwide and
generates annual sales of more than 15 billion USD through business in
about 30 countries. For more information, please visit www.agc-group.com/en.
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