Asahi In­dia to make light­weight glass prod­ucts for auto in­dus­try

Auto components India - - CORPORATE - Text: Prashant Tal­reja

Asahi In­dia Glass Ltd (AIS), jointly pro­moted by Asahi Glass Co.Ltd. (AGC), Maruti Suzuki In­dia Ltd. (MSIL) and B. M Labroo & As­so­ci­ates, is eval­u­at­ing ways and means to do light weight­ing and in turn help im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency.

“AIS com­bines the power of in­no­va­tion and prod­uct qual­ity to pas­sion­ately cre­ate world class prod­ucts that cater to cus­tomer needs across di­verse in­dus­tries, es­pe­cially au­to­mo­tive. We have more than 75% mar­ket share in the In­dian pas­sen­ger car seg­ment and 41% mar­ket share in Au­to­mo­tive Re­place­ment Glass”, Vikram Khanna, COO, Con­sumer Glass, Ar­chi­tec­tural In­sti­tu­tional Business, CMO, CIO, Asahi In­dia Glass Ltd., told Au­tocom­po­nents In­dia.

AIS Lam­i­nated glass is used for wind­shields. A layer of plas­tic (PVB) is sand­wiched be­tween two sheets of float glass. This layer bonds the glass to­gether, so that if it breaks on im­pact, the shards re­main stuck to­gether in­stead of shat­ter­ing. That’s why lam­i­nated glass is used in places where the pos­si­bil­ity of in­jury dur­ing ac­ci­dents is high, like the front wind­screen. High-end au­to­mo­biles also use it for side and back door glass.

Typ­i­cally au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try uses the thick­ness of 2mm+2mm glass with 0.76 mm PVB, whereas now the mar­ket is shift­ing to 2mm+1.8mm and also 2mm+1.6mm with few OEM’s. For tem­pered glasses also the mar­ket de­mand is shift­ing from a typ­i­cal thick­ness of 3.2mm to 2.8mm.

“Light­weight Glass is sev­eral times lighter than nor­mal glass. The ad­van­tage of this glass prod­uct is that it re­duces the ve­hic­u­lar mass by up to 10% and also helps achieve fuel econ­omy”, he said.

Wide range of glasses

In­cor­po­rated in 1984, AIS has grown from a one-cus­tomer one-plant setup to be­ing one of the largest in­te­grated glass com­pa­nies in In­dia, man­u­fac­tur­ing a wide range of au­to­mo­tive safety glass, float glass, ar­chi­tec­tural pro­cessed glass and glass prod­ucts span­ning across the en­tire glass value chain.

AIS has four state-of-theart pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties at Bawal (Haryana), Roor­kee (Ut­tarak­hand), Chen­nai (Tamil Nadu), and Taloja (Ma­ha­rash­tra); along with three sub-as­sem­bli­es­cum-ware­houses at Ban­ga­lore (Kar­nataka), Halol (Gu­jarat), and Pune (Ma­ha­rash­tra). The plants and sub-assem­bly units are strate­gi­cally lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to cus­tomers’ man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide seam­less ser­vice and ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery.

AIS Auto Glass has the unique dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only glass com­pany in the coun­try to be awarded the pres­ti­gious Dem­ing Ap­pli­ca­tion Prize in

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