For the first time ever the European automotive branch of AGC has designed this technology entirely in-house, from the design and production of the glass to development of the antennas and incorporating them into the end product.The network of antennas which neatly blends with the defrosting elements comprises no fewer than eight different applications1 covering the radio, television and operational requirements (such as RKE²) of the vehicle occupants.
Previously, design of the antennas was subcontracted to specialist suppliers. But now by keeping the entire process in-house AGC Automotive Europe is able to offer various advantages for carmakers, including:
- Shorter production lead times, enabling the new model to be put on the market earlier
- Sole responsibility for production and delivery of the product
- Superior quality, thanks to optimum integration of all the technical requirements throughout the project.
This technological advance in glassmaking solutions reinforces the company's strategy of developing products with high added value for its automotive customers.
1 AGC developed 6 antennas in-house and integrated 2 more developed by Mercedes.
2 Remote Keyless Entry system
AGC Automotive Europe
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Automotive Europe is a member of AGC Glass Europe, which in turn is the European branch of AGC Group. The AGC Group, with Tokyo-based Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. at its core, is a world-leading supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other high-tech materials and components. AGC Automotive Europe specializes in production of windows (OEM and replacement) for vehicle manufacturers. It also provides ready-to-assemble systems (fixation devices), higher value added functional systems (antennas, sensors, heating elements) and enhanced property glazing (improved thermal, sound and vision comfort).
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