Leveraging its diverse materials and technologies, AGC continues to offer high value-added products that help to reduce environmental load and create comfortable living spaces.
AGC Automotive Europe, member of the world-leading glassmaker AGC, announced that its light control glass WONDERLITE has been selected for the Magic Sky Control panoramic glass roof available as an option for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, which was recently released on the European and North American markets.
The Magic Sky Control glass roof equipped with WONDERLITE is the world’s largest light control glass roof for automotive use that changes its color from transparent to dark blue just by pressing a button. Covering an area three times larger than the existing product, the large-sized light control glass roof affords a unique open-air feeling whatever the outside conditions, and dramatically increases the lighting comfort inside the car.
According to Jean-Marc Meunier, General Manager of AGC Automotive Europe, “this innovation fits in perfectly with the AGC strategy of developing glass products with high added value for its automotive customers.”
AGC’s WONDERLITE light control glass for vehicles will contribute to increased comfort and energy savings thanks to its use of Suspended Particle Devices (SPD), a thin-film technology in which particles inside laminated glass become aligned when an electrical voltage is applied, making the glass structure transparent.
Additionally, the WONDERLITE used for the Magic Sky Control glass roof has been applied with special solar control coatings, a thin metal film coating which, when deposited on the glass surface, give it greater insulating and/or solar control properties. The roof filters out sunburn-causing ultraviolet radiation and heat-producing infra-red radiations even in the transparent mode. Through the effective integration of its light control and special coating technologies, AGC provides drivers and passengers with an optimal driving environment and contributes directly to reducing the need for air-conditioning, thus lowering fuel consumption.