G-Tech expanding to ‘green’ glass with AGC’s help

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 - Page 14

G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp (正達國際), which makes cover glass for touch-panel displays, yesterday said it was working with Japanese glass supplier AGC Group to make glass for “green” buildings, riding on the trend of energy-efficient buildings.

That would help G-Tech expand its business to manufacturing green-building glass from its current focus on electronics glass, which it has been making for the past 16 years, it said in a company statement.

G-Tech is an LCD cover glass manufacturing arm of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc.

LOW EMISSIONS

Based on the statement, G-Tech will make low-emission insulated glass for doors, windows and walls, as well as anti-bacterial glass, in Taiwan for AGC, using the Japanese firm’s technologies. AGC would sell the glass to local clients.

AGC has secured many important orders to supply glass for buildings to Taiwanese customers, according to the statement. It is also planning to collaborate with local companies to supply glass to home interior designers.

Low-emission insulated glass is used on surfaces that radiate or are exposed to low levels of radiant energy. Used on windows, it helps reduce relative heat gain and keeps homes cooler.

KILLING BACTERIA

Anti-bacterial glass can kill up to 90 percent of bacteria and improve health and hygiene in the home, schools, hospitals and airports, the statement said.