Date: 8 November 2007
In even more good news, Glassiled (the company's new glass product featuring built-in LEDs) won the Médaille d’Or at the Design Trophies in the 'Floor, Wall and Ceiling Coverings' category.
AntiBacterial GlassTM: world first honoured
The Batimat d’Or is the highest prize awarded at Batimat (across all categories). It aims to reward and promote innovation in the construction sector, in this case paying tribute to a world first: AGC Flat Glass Europe's AntiBacterial GlassTM, which kills 99.9% of bacteria and halts the proliferation of fungi. AntiBacterial GlassTM eliminates microorganisms as soon as they come into contact with the surface via a patented process that consists of distributing silver ions in the upper layers of the glass. The silver ions halt the process of bacterial division, thus destroying them.
AntiBacterial GlassTM is a major innovation in the struggle against nosocomial infections1, which, according to European statistics, cause more casualties than traffic accidents. AntiBacterial GlassTM can be used wherever a sterile environment is required (wall coverings, partitions and windows in hospitals, bathrooms, hotels, etc.).
Médaille d’Or for a combination of glass and light
The Design Trophies recognise those companies that have successfully integrated an industrial design approach in their development strategy. In Glassiled, LEDs² are sandwiched in the glazing without any visible wires. Designed for use in facade and interior decoration applications, Glassiled features all the benefits of laminated glass3 and LED technology: enhanced safety, variation in colours (RGB) and light intensity, high performance and longevity. This industry first from AGC Flat Glass Europe creates a new niche by expanding the concept of how glass can be used. It is now a significant medium of communication, both during the day and at night. Glassiled is destined to inspire the creativity of architects and designers, who will be keen to unleash the potential offered by the combination of light and glass.
"With AntiBacterial Glass and Glassiled, AGC Flat Glass Europe has once again expanded the range of potential glass applications, in line with its ambition to make a name for itself as a leading innovator in the glass industry. These two awards are confirmation that we are taking the right approach," said company President & CEO Jean-François Heris.
1: Illnesses contracted during a stay in hospital or other health care unit.
2: Light Emitting Diodes
3: Glazing made up of two or more sheets of glass separated by one or more plastic film interlayers.