As well as making float glass, AGC Glass Europe processes it into secondary products with a wide range of functions: comfort in the home, energy control, health & safety, aesthetic appearance etc. The main types of processed glass produced by AGC Glass Europe are:
Coated glass: very thin, practically invisible layers of metal oxides are deposited on the glass to give it heightened insulation against heat and/or cold.
Laminated glass: two or more sheets of glass are placed together with one or more layers of PVB (polyvinyl butyral, a type of plastic) between them. Laminated glass is a type of safety glass.
Toughened glass: the glass is raised to softening temperature (650°C) and is then cooled suddenly. Toughened glass is also a type of safety glass, five times stronger than normal glass.
Double glazing: two sheets of glass are held in a metal frame with a space filled with dry air or other gas between them, forming a hermetically sealed unit with heightened thermal and acoustic insulation.
Mirror glass: a thin coating of silver protected by paint is applied to one side of the glass. Fire-resistant glass: sheets of glass are assembled with one or more clear intumescent interlayers. In case of fire, the interlayers expand and become opaque, forming a protective screen.
Based in Brussels, AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and distributes flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and indoor decorative glass), the automotive industry, the solar industry, and specialist industries*. It is the European branch of AGC Glass, the world's largest producer of flat glass.
Its baseline "Glass Unlimited" reflects the possibilities offered by: - glass as a material to meet a growing variety of needs (comfort, energy control, health & safety, aesthetics); - innovation in products and processes, derived from sustained research in advanced glass technology; - industrial facilities comprising 18 float plants, 6 automotive glass plants and more than 100 processing and distribution units throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia; - a worldwide marketing network; - the resources of its personnel motivated by operational excellence and innovation.
AGC Glass Europe currently employs some 14,000 people.