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Large-sized, Chemically Strengthened Dragontrail (TM) Enables Efficient Production of Thinner Touchscreens



   Large-sized, Chemically Strengthened Dragontrail (TM) Enables Efficient
                      Production of Thinner Touchscreens

  PR Newswire

  TOKYO, Feb. 21, 2013

- AGC to Set Up New Chemical Strengthening Facility in Japan -

TOKYO, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (hereinafter AGC)
will newly set up a chemical strengthening facility for Dragontrail (TM),
specialty glass used as cover glass for smart phones and tablet PCs, at its
Kansai Plant in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. This new chemical strengthening
facility can handle up to sixth-generation (1850mm x 1500mm) glass, enabling
the efficient production of thinner next-generation touchscreens. Operation is
scheduled to begin in March 2013.

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Conventionally, touchscreens of smart phones and tablet PCs have
been triple-layered, consisting of a sheet of cover glass, a touch sensor and
a display. Recently, however, demand for double-layered touchscreens, which
can make the touchscreen even thinner, is expected to grow, and a technology
(*1) to attach the touch sensor into the cover glass is drawing attention as a
means to manufacture double-layered touchscreens.

A key to efficient production of double-layered touchscreens is large-size
chemically strengthened glass. A large number of cover glass with a built-in
touch sensor can be manufactured at a time by neatly arranging touch sensors
on a large sheet of chemically strengthened glass and cutting the glass into
pieces of the intended size. As the touchscreens manufactured based on this
method are increasingly adopted for use in smart phones and tablet PCs in 2013
onward, AGC's high-quality G6-size chemically strengthened Dragontrail
manufactured at the new facility will contribute to the creation of even
thinner smart phones, tablet PCs, Ultrabook (*2) and other touchscreen
devices.

Dragontrail, a damage and scratch-resistant specialty glass, has been adopted
by over 20 companies for use as cover glass and used in some 60 smart phones
and tablet PC models. AGC will continue to create new value for its customers
by making effective use of the outstanding performance of Dragontrail.

(*1) The cover glass integration technology is referred to as One
Glass Solution (OGS).

(*2) Ultrabook is a trademark or registered trademark of Inter Corporation
in the United States and other countries. 

About Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.The company is headquartered in Tokyo. Its
President & CEO is Kazuhiko Ishimura.

Contact Toshihiro Ueda, General ManagerCorporate Communications & Investor
RelationsAsahi Glass Co., Ltd.Tel: +81-3-3218-5603E-mail: info-pr@agc.com
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