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R&D network

HQ divisions, overseas locations each take part in R&D

Our research and development activities are mostly conducted by the HOT and COLD divisions of the Technology Development Center (D-center) at headquarters and partly by the COLD division at the Singapore factory. The HOT division is responsible for the research and development of LCD glass substrate compositions and the process of these substrates with the use of a melting furnace. The COLD division is involved in the research and development of technologies to cut, edge treatment and clean mother glass sheets for substrates, as well as techniques to conduct product inspection and evaluation.

LCD panel manufacturers are concentrated in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. To cope with this situation, AvanStrate has established a production and sales system in four sites located in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. To quickly and flexibly meet the needs of our customers in each country, research and development is promoted while keeping a close relationship between the headquarters divisions and the overseas offices.

Further R&D and technology innovation with an eye toward the future

Generally, larger glass substrates are harder to produce and require more sophisticated techniques. Thus, if the substrate size continues to grow, manufacturers will need to develop more innovative technologies. Although we have already succeeded in increasing sizes up to 8-th generation substrates, we intend to further promote research and development to acquire the capability to manufacture even larger substrates. In tandem with the promotion of research and development, AvanStrate also makes due consideration to motivate its employees through the adoption of an incentive system encouraging research and development.

In addition to providing larger substrates, AvanStrate has been striving to meet the needs of LCD panel manufacturers in a timely manner and has developed innovative technologies to fulfill such needs. For example, to meet increasing demand for mobile devices, we developed a composition of glass with a reduced specific gravity that is well suited to form thinner substrates, as well as a glass production process based on this composition. To tackle environmental issues, we have also succeeded in developing a composition and production process for glass made of environmentally-friendly materials (Super Green Glass).

We will improve the technologies that have been accumulated thus far to meet the future needs of our customers, while consistently providing applications in new business fields at the same time.

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