According to the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA), vehicles on display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showed increasing use of laminated glass and/or advanced solar control glass also in driver and passenger side windows, rear windows and roof glass.
Vehicles on display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) mostly used laminated glass and/or advanced solar control glass in applications other than the windshield, according to the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA). Window positions using these types of glass now include driver and passenger side windows, rear windows and roof glass.
The new uses of laminated glass demonstrate the value that automakers continue to place on the benefits of the product. Since 2000, laminated glass has continued to provide affordable quality while improving safety, minimizing exposure to UV rays, as well as improving fuel efficiency/EV range through reduced A/C need in models which also include Advanced Solar Control.
“We are pleased to see so many models with laminated glass at the North American International Auto Show – nearly 30% more than only 3 years ago,” said Pete Dishart, Director, New Product Development and Emerging Technologies for Pittsburgh Glass Works and EPGAA President. “The automotive industry’s continued resurgence requires more than just the awe-inspiring designs which are certainly abundant here. It is important for car manufacturers to provide quality, security, comfort, fuel economy, and safety. Laminated glass, and the Advanced Solar heat reduction technologies it offers, can impact each of these areas in very meaningful ways. It is gratifying to see that laminated glass is increasingly being adopted in new vehicles.”
The Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA) is made up of laminate and glass providers to give information and overall education on the development of laminated glass for added vehicle security, occupant comfort, efficiency, and safety.