Glass Growth in Vehicles
Styling trends have increased the overall glazed area in vehicles, as demonstrated by volume models such as the GM Astra, Ford Fiesta and VW Golf, through their various generations. Today, these three models use around 20 per cent more glass than they did 20 years ago. Larger glazed areas invariably require increasingly
complex shapes, adding further to the value of glazings. New vehicle types such as minivans and SUVs with large glazed areas are now increasingly penetrating the European market.
Value-added product features include:
- solar control properties, reducing solar heat gain;
- de-icing and de-misting capabilities;
- integrated antennas for radio, TV, cell phone, navigation etc.;
- integrated rain sensors for automatic wiper activation, as well as other sensors and hydrophobic coatings for improved visibility.
Value-added activity includes:
assembly and the supply of complete systems using encapsulation or extrusion, which enhance the vehicle’s styling and aerodynamics, as well as adding functionality. Modern designs call for increased complexity in terms of curvature and surface tolerance.