EPGAA: laminated glass gains ground at NAIAS

More than 40 production vehicles on display at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) from 7-21 January 2007 are fitted with laminated glass in side and rear windows, as well as roof appli…

More than 40 production vehicles on display at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) from 7-21 January 2007 are fitted with laminated glass in side and rear windows, as well as roof applications, as reported by the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA). Laminated glass has become a mainstream technology in the automotive industry, appearing on 36 vehicle platforms in North America today, compared to three platforms worldwide five years ago. “The goal of the EPGAA is to educate the automotive industry and consumers on the benefits of using laminated glass in applications other than windshields”, said Pete Dishart, EPGAA President and global product manager for PPG Industries, Inc. “We are encouraged to see that 90% of the top 10 automakers worldwide offer laminated glass as standard or optional equipment”. Automakers and car buyers have trusted laminated glass in windshields for more than 70 years. In addition to windshield applications, laminated glass is being developed specifically for use in side and rear window, and roof applications.