Launch of Sales of New Interlayer Films for Laminated Glass in Automobiles

1. "Wedge-shaped High-performance Interlayer Film" simultaneously that realizes acoustic and solar-control functions as well as enhanced visibility and safety. 2.

"An Interlayer Film for a Front Glass That Extends up over the Roof" that creates an open interior space.

The High Performance Plastics Company (President: Takayoshi Matsunaga) of SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (President and Representative Director: Naotake Okubo) is pleased to announce that the successive launch in autumn this year of its new Interlayer Film for laminated glass in automobiles "S-LEC® SSF-W (Acoustic and solar-control interlayer film)," a wedge-shaped high-performance interlayer film for "Head-up Display (hereinafter referred to as "HUD"), "SAF-W (Acoustic interlayer film) and S-LEC® SDF-C," an interlayer film for a front glass that extends up over the roof.

1. Background

Interlayer films for laminated glass in automobiles represent the core product of the automotive materials business being developed by the High Performance Plastics Company. The High Performance Plastics Company is in the process of global expansion of its manufacture and sales of interlayer films for laminates and, with its extensive product line-up that includes high performance interlayer films, boasts the top share of 42% (FY2007: Estimated by the company) of the global automotive market.

In addition to safety, factors such as comfort and environmental performance have become the focus of attention in the world of automobiles in recent years. Against this background, while in addition to basic interlayer film functions such as safety and crime prevention, the High Performance Plastics Company has been pursuing acoustic and solar-control functions, it has also made advances in developments aimed at the realization of comfort and environmental performance.

2. Concerning the New Products

1) Wedge-shaped Acoustic and Solar-control Film for HUD

"S-LEC® SSF-W*" (S-LEC® Acoustic and Solar-control Film - W)

Wedge-shaped Acoustic Film for HUD

"S-LEC® SAF-W*" (S-LEC® Sound Acoustic Film - W)

*S-LEC® is the registered trademark of the High Performance Plastic Company's interlayer film.

W = Wedge. They shape of the interlayer film seen in cross-section resembles a wedge.

The High Performance Plastics Company has applied its unique multi-layer extrusion and nano-dispersal technologies to produce a special wedge-shaped film and this has led to the successful development of an interlayer film for HUD with acoustic and solar-control functions. This enables display on the glass of the front window of information needed while driving such as speedometer readouts, reducing the need for the driver to shift his/her line of vision and focus, facilitating vehicular operation. This is the world's first interlayer film product that combines these functions.

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