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.
One of AGC’s latest innovations is the world’s largest Light Control glass roof for a car, now fitted on Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé. See for yourself how it changes from dark blue to transparent at the touch of a button, for ultimate freedom and comfort. Now playing on Youtube.
The AGC Technovation Centre serving AGC Glass Europe was inaugurated by His Majesty the King of the Belgians, on 5 November in Gosselies (Charleroi region) in the presence of personalities from the worlds of business, politics, academia and the press. The AGC Technovation Centre brings together some 250 researchers, technicians and engineers in brand-new premises focused on improving the glassmaking processes and developing new glass products for the construction and automotive industries.
AGC’s light control glass WONDERLITE™ has been selected for the Magic Sky Control panoramic glass roof available as an option for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, which was released on the European and North American markets on September 27, 2014. The Magic Sky Control glass roof equipped with WONDERLITE is the world’s largest light control glass roof for automotive use that changes its color from transparent to dark blue just by pressing a button.
This new building in Louvain-la-Neuve houses 500 employees that were previously spread across six sites. Nearly zero-energy? "This means that our energy balance is almost neutral. Our requirements in terms of heating, mechanical cooling and artificial lighting are limited and the energy used for those 3 items is almost counterbalanced by the electricity generated with the solar panels installed on the roof", explains Emmanuel Hazard, Project Leader for the new headquarters.?"And the icing on the cake is that we emit 90 tons less of CO2 into the atmosphere each year".