Weight loss for windows
Automakers face tough challenges. New regulations going into effect will require significant advances in fuel economy. At the same time, consumer expectations for safety, intuitive interfaces, and aesthetics continue to increase.
Corning® Gorilla® Glass can help on all these fronts.
With the potential to be a mere half-millimeter thick, Gorilla Glass lets carmakers produce laminates that are more than 30 percent lighter and 25 percent thinner than the soda-lime glass glazings found in many car windshields, side windows, and sunroofs today.
Replacing soda-lime with Gorilla Glass laminates can trim an average of 15 kilograms – more than 30 pounds – from the overall weight of an average vehicle. That helps boost fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
This reduction in weight achieved by lightweight Gorilla Glass also enables faster acceleration and better cornering. And its legendary toughness helps windows resist road damage and vandalism.
Sleek style for auto interiors
Car dashboards have featured touchscreen displays on entertainment and navigation systems for many years. But they lack the visual quality and responsiveness of today’s smartphones and tablets.
As consumers expect more from their touchscreens, Gorilla Glass offers automakers the perfect solution: a damage- and scratch-resistant display cover that’s thin, lightweight, and optically advantaged.
Gorilla Glass can also be formed into precise three-dimensional shapes, adding aesthetic flair for curved surfaces. Anti-glare and anti-reflective coatings improve readability, even in bright sunlight. And scratch-resistance and easy-cleaning properties help keep Gorilla Glass interiors looking showroom new.
Walls that are opening doors to exciting possibilities
When you want to add contemporary flair and sophistication to a hotel, restaurant, retail store, or office complex, Gorilla Glass helps you do it in style.
Modular panels of Gorilla Glass create a sleek, clean look in lobbies, elevators, and reception areas. The lightweight panels are quick and easy to install.
Because Gorilla Glass features superior optical clarity, it can cover a printed image without muddling the original colors that are vital to a company’s visual brand. It’s also an ideal substrate for direct printing with MASTERPIX™ by Corning® technology.
Gorilla Glass’s legendary toughness helps high-traffic interiors resist damage from suitcases, vacuum cleaners, and service carts.
And Gorilla Glass provides a touch-friendly interface for the large, integrated active displays popping up in high-end boutique fitting rooms. Imagine creating a head-to-toe look with a few swipes on a Gorilla Glass-covered wall!
By rail and by air
Our energy-conscious world increasingly depends on efficient public transportation like high-speed railways. But the minute that new cars hit the tracks, they’re vulnerable to vandalism, punishing weather conditions, and deterioration from ultraviolet rays.
How can public authorities preserve their high-priced investments, while improving performance and saving costs?
Gorilla Glass laminates are tackling these tough challenges:
- A layer of Gorilla Glass bonded to soda-lime glass offers a more durable and lightweight laminate than traditional soda-lime glass laminates. This can improve fuel economy, help produce less wear on tracks, and enable increased speed.
- Gorilla Glass also makes an excellent covering for polycarbonate windows. A thinner sheet of polycarbonate sandwiched between two pieces of Gorilla Glass is significantly more durable than polycarbonate alone and improves acoustic performance. When facing the interior, the damage-resistant Gorilla Glass layer is more likely to stand up to vandals. On the outside, its durable surface is more resistant than polycarbonate to staining and fine surface cracks (crazing).
Gorilla Glass is also taking flight. Industrial designers in the aviation industry are exploring Gorilla Glass applications to boost durability and reduce weight in aircraft cabin windows, cockpit windows, canopies, and landing lights.
Gorilla Glass’s light weight can boost a plane’s fuel efficiency. And its remarkable scratch resistance helps ensure maximum visibility through the cockpit.
Any time you’re on the go, Gorilla Glass can help make the experience more efficient and luxurious.