Smart glass is also called as electrochromic or dynamic glass. It is characterized by its ability to regulate light and heat transmission and has a wide variety of applications. Smart glass is electronically tintable in nature and is used by smart glass manufacturers to create skylights, facades, windows and curtain walls. Smart-glass based products are expected to dramatically change the market over the coming years, thus raising its demand. Earlier, the usage of smart glass was limited to only architectural and construction services. However, today, smart glasses are also being used in several industries such as rail, automotive, marine and aviation.
The Below List Provides the Top 10 Smart Glass Manufacturers in the World:
- Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based glass manufacturing company and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company focuses on flat glass, automotive glass, display, electronics and energy and chemicals industries. The glass segment is divided into two businesses flat glass and automotive glass.
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain is a construction and building products manufacturing company. Its product portfolio includes various types of glasses, ceramic tiles and related products, plastics, cast iron pipes and related products, home improvement materials, gypsum, industrial mortar, roofing products, and exterior walls products. The company offers photovoltaic modules and systems, mineral ceramics, performance polymers and glass fabrics. Saint-Gobain’s products also find applications in the automotive, aeronautical, health, defence, energy, security and food and beverage industries.
- Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited:
Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited is engaged in the manufacturing and sales of glass and glazing products around the globe. The company operates through automotive, architectural, glass, technical and other segments. Nippon was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the largest players in the glass market and has a worldwide presence.
- Corning, Incorporated:
Corning, Incorporated is a US-based company that manufactures speciality glass, filter products and ceramic substrates. The company’s product portfolio consists of glass substrates, optical fibres, optical bio-sensors, hardware, cable and equipment. Corning also manufactures speciality glass solutions and advanced optics for semiconductor, metrology, defence, consumer electronics, aerospace and other industries.
- Gentex Corporation:
Gentex is headquartered in Zeeland, Pennsylvania, the US. It is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of dimmable aircraft windows, electronics, automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and commercial smoke alarms & signalling devices. The company supplies its products to the aviation, automotive and fire safety industries.
- Hitachi, Ltd.:
Hitachi, Ltd. is a Japan-based company that manufactures electronic and electrical and products. The company’s product, SPD-SMART GLASS, regulates the amount of light, glare and heat transmitted through windows and other products. The company’s SPD film can be used to automatically (or by simply turning a dial), control heat, light and glare that comes from materials like plastic or glass.
- Merck KGaA:
Merck KGaA is a Germany-based science and technology company. The Merck group operates in three reportable business sectors such as life science, performance materials and healthcare. LICRIVISION™ LIQUID CRYSTALS FOR WINDOWS is one of the products offered by the company, which allows changing the glass translucency or its transmittance.
- Research Frontiers, Incorporated:
Research Frontiers, Incorporated focusses on the development and licensing of devices and technology for controlling the flow of light. The company’s SPD smart light-control technology is used for applications in automobiles, homes, buildings, aircraft, boats and exhibition & display applications. Research Frontiers operates in the US and is headquartered in Woodbury, New York.
- SCHOTT AG:
SCHOTT AG, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Stiftung AG, develops and manufactures speciality glasses, glass ceramics, speciality materials, components and systems. SCHOTT offers products such as air cutoff filters, optical filter glass, optical glass ultra-white glass, active laser glass, laser tubes, fibre optic components, anti-reflective cover glass for displays and cover glass for displays. The Germany-based company also offers ampoules, cartridges, syringes, vials, low expansion glass-ceramics and fibre optics for digital x-rays.
- SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.:
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. was established in 1989 and is headquartered in Minnesota, the United States. It manufactures and sells control systems and insulating glass units to manufacturers of windows and skylights in the residential marketplace. The company also provides skylights, windows as well as curtain walls for institutional and commercial buildings.
Many government agencies and market players have shown interest in investing in the smart glass market for the automotive industry due to increasing research and development in this field. Hence, the number of industries providing smart glass to automakers such as BMW, Mercedes and Toyota, etc. has significantly increased in the past few years. This indicates that smart glass will be a budding industry in the future.