The use of glass in the automotive industry is increasing in the exterior and interior, according to Glaston. New functionalities, glass types and safety requirements increase processing complexity and quality requirements. Glaston has closed a deal for an automotive solution to produce big-size bent and tempered sidelites, reflecting the trends.
The glass used in the automotive industry has evolved over the years. Growing environmental awareness, energy efficiency requirements and driver and passenger requirements for a safe and comfortable automotive experience are driving the design of automotive glazing, the company says.
“This means new and changing requirements,” says Robert Prange, senior vice president automotive and display at Glaston Corporation. “As the technology leader we see a lot of new as well as additional opportunities. Reflecting the market trends and requirements, and in line with our revised strategy, we will continue to develop automotive heat treatment products to complement our market leading pre-processing products for an integrated offering. In addition, we will focus on selected automotive display applications.”
After a slow start to the year, demand in the automotive market started to pick up during spring with production starting to recover, according to the company. Glaston’s half-year financial report disclosed that the more positive outlook was reflected in increased investment activity in the market for new machinery. Good market activity was noted in China, with many new projects. Good recovery was also recognized in the North American market.