AGC carrier glass enables ultra-thin display fab in existing production lines

May 30, 2012 – BUSINESS WIRE — AGC (TOKYO:5201), glass, chemicals and high-tech materials manufacturer, has developed 0.5mm carrier glass for handling and transport of its 0.1mm-thick ultra-thin glass during display manufacturing processes. The carrier glass enables display manufacturers to use ultra-thin AGC glass without altering their existing production facilities.

Ultra-thin glass offers excellent transparency, heat resistance, and electrical insulation. It is laminated to the carrier glass during processing. The thin form enables flexible displays, lighting applications, and other end products. It is designed to be processed in roll-to-roll (R2R) production lines.

To use ultra-thin glass in traditional sheet-to-sheet display manufacturing lines, substantial alteration is required to equipment and handling tooling. With carrier glass, the same tools and equipment can be used, enabling low-risk adoption.

The 0.5mm carrier glass is bonded to the 0.1mm glass via a special layer that protects the substrate from heat and chemicals. The carrier glass prevents the ultra-thin glass from coming into direct contact with processing equipment, avoiding scratches and other defects. The materials are easily delaminated after processing.

A sample of carrier glass technology will be exhibited at AGC’s booth at the Society for Information Display (SID) exhibition in Boston, MA, June 3-7.

The AGC Group, with Tokyo-based Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. at its core, supplies flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other high-tech materials and components. For more information, please visit www.agc-group.com/en.

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