Rolith and AGC Announce Partnership to Bring Anti-Reflective Glass to Market
Agreement with one of the world’s largest glass companies to develop
anti-reflective glass technology
PLEASANTON, Calif. -- January 22, 2013
Rolith, Inc., the leader in developing advanced nanostructured coatingsand
devices, today announces partnership with Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (AGC), one of
the world’s largest glass manufacturers. The joint development agreement
reflects a continued partnership between the two companies in commercializing
an advanced manufacturing technology.
Widely used glass sheets today reflect approximately four percent to eight
percent of light, which is caused by sharp transition between materials with
very different refractive indexes – glass and air. The resulting glare is
undesirable because it interferes with the human eyesight and obstructs
The advanced anti-reflective glass being developed by Rolith and AGC is based
on the “moth eye” approach found in nature - an array of nanostructures
mimicking an insect’s eye. Rolith brings to the project its proprietary
manufacturing method – Rolling Mask lithography, which enables one to create
nanostructures on large area glass panels in a cost effective manner.
The nanostructured anti-reflective glass reduces reflections in an
exceptionally wide wavelength spectrum and a wider range of viewing angles
over traditional PVD thin films coated glass. Furthermore, it is also
anticipated to improve environmental stability over competitive products such
as polymeric nanostructured films and hybrid organic-inorganic coatings on
“Through this strategic partnership we are able to deliver a truly innovative,
high-performance anti-reflective glass,” said Dr. Boris Kobrin, founder and
CEO, Rolith. “AGC’s commitment demonstrates the significant progress of
Rolith’s technology to date and together we are now positioned to accelerate
development of novel advanced glass products based on our fabrication method.”
“AGC has chosen Rolith for their cutting-edge technology and talented team.
The strategic partnership demonstrates our confidence in Rolith’s capability
to move forward with commercialization efforts. We look forward to continue
bringing to market exceptional and innovative glass solutions,” said Hiroshi
Usui, general manager, AGC America, Inc.
ABOUT ROLITH, INC:
Rolith, Inc. is developing advanced nanostructured products for consumer
electronics, solar and green building markets using a proprietary
nanolithography technology. Rolith was formed by Dr. Boris Kobrin, Prof. Mark
Brongersma and Julian Zegelman in 2008 and is currently located in Pleasanton,
CA. The company holds a comprehensive patent portfolio in the areas of
nanolithography, material deposition and etch methods, as well as nanophotonic
devices. Rolith’s strategic partners include SUSS MicroTec AG and Asahi Glass
Company Ltd. Its current investors are DFJ VTB Capital Aurora, a Draper Fisher
Jurvetson affiliate fund managed by VTB Capital and AGC America, Inc., the
venture arm of Asahi Glass Group.
AGC Group, with Asahi Glass Company Ltd. at its core, is a global solution
provider for architectural, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other
high-function materials and components. Drawing on more then a century of
technological innovation, the Group has developed world-class core
technologies in the fields including glass, chemicals and ceramics.
Caitlin Regan, 415-905-4008
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
(Contact Satoshi Yoshida)
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