Philippines: Asahi Makes RP Plant Solar Glass Production Hub

AGC Flat Glass Philippines Inc. (AGPH), formerly Asahi Glass Philippines Inc., is solidifying its status as Asia’s production hub for solar glass cover even as it eyes to be the regional production center of other high value-added products like flat display panels.

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This was revealed by AGPH president Emmanuel Y. Go at yesterday’s formal introduction of the company’s official corporate name — AGC Flat Glass Philippines Inc.

(AGPH) and symbol. This move, which coincides with Asahi Glass Company Ltd. (AGC) of Japan’s centennial celebration this September, marks an important milestone in the history of AGC as all of its consolidated subsidiaries worldwide have undertaken the group’s brand unification.

Last year, AGPH started the manufacture of solar glass cover, a new high value-added export product used in flat plate solar collectors that convert solar energy to electrical energy. Go said they are now producing 200,000 square meter per month of solar glass for exports from only 100,000 square meters a month last year when it started exporting solar glass to Asian countries including China, Japan and India.

In addition, the company is vying to become the production hub for flat panel displays in the region and is now undertaking product tests in Japan, which pioneers in flat panel display production.

"We are just awaiting for the market acceptance of our product," Go said.

Should the AGPH quality passes the conglomerate’s standards, the local subsidiary will become its third Asian source for flat panel displays, which are also being produced in Thailand. AGC has 12 factories in Asia including 4 in Indonesia, 3 in Thailand and 2 in China.

The production of high value-added products was made possible with the P70 million investments antireflective equipment to support the changing technology for glass products. The anti-reflective is a downstream processing equipment that enables the glass manufacturing plant to produce high value-added products including solar glass cover and flat panel displays.

AGPH has been in the Philippine glass industry for more than four decades. It manufactures and distributes architectural glass products such as float glass, figured glass and mirrors for the construction, automotive and other industries. Other products like coated glass, fire-resitant glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, double glazed glass are likewise available as supported by its worldwide network which includes US, Belgium, Japan and others.

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