Creating new value by bringing our know-how in vacuum coating technology to a broad spectrum of industries outside the glass world. The development of low emissivity and solar control coatings to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is the core of our business. We design and build the equipment to deposit coatings on large areas.
The driving experience has been changing rapidly over the last years with the development of autonomous, electrical and connected vehicles. Magnetron sputtered coating technology is contributing greatly to those new developments by providing the anti-fog or heating function in the windshield, the integrated antenna in the backlite and the anti-reflective treatment of the display screen inside the car to improve readability with strong ambient light.
Display, touch screens and wearable electronics
Touch screens have forever changed the way we interact with devices. However, scratches, disturbing reflections and fingerprints can distract our attention and reduce the users experience dramatically. Over the last decade AGC has developped several plasma processes to tackle those inconveniences. Anti-scratch, anti-reflective, anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings for glass and sapphire are available for the display market. In addition, some of those coatings can change the touch sensation when gliding over the surface and create “a paper like feeling”. Our R&D team is eager to developed the coating processes with same functionalities for different types of substrate materials.
Electronics and optical materials
Sapphire glass is increasingly used for electronic devices for the manufacturing of touch sensors and rear camera glass. AGC Plasma Technology Solutions has developed a patented anti-reflective treatment based on ion beam implantation that reduces reflectance down to 2 %, while maintaining excellent scratch resistance.
The creation of multifunctional surfaces such as hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic properties, durable corrosion resistance, adherence, aesthetic optical appearance and reflectivity can be obtained in an ecologically acceptable way and through efficient processing by plasma polymerization.
Medical and life sciences
Medical implants (e.g. hip, knee, shoulder and ankle) can be coated by sputtering or PE CVD to improve their biocompatibility and/or increase the wear resistance and lubricity.
To the opposite, in places where strict hygiene is a must, the antibacterial action of the silver ions can eliminate the bacteria to be formed and propagated on its surface and prevents the spread of fungi. Thin film coating technology can be used to treat the walls of sterilization rooms in clinics or the cover of mobile devices
Powders, fibers and filters
Powders and fibers are used in a wide variety of applications like filtering, pigments for dispersion in paints and 3D printing. The powders and fibers can be treated by PVD processes to upgrade their decorative aspect (e.g. chrome like appearance) or to alter their wettability and give them hydrophobic (water repulsing) or hydrophilic (water attracting) properties. It is also feasible to change their opto-energetic properties to allow a better processing in subsequent manufacturing processes.
AGC has been active in the solar glass business since for more than a decade. As part of the world leader in glass production, AGC benefits from the latest glass technologies to make renewable energy a success. We are eager to support you to engineer and scale up innovative plasma coating processes in order to manufacture photovoltaic module on all types of substrates