Leading global glassmaker AGC has been honored at the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards 2019 in Frankfurt, on 8 July, as second most INNOVATIVE supplier in the category of “Chassis, Carbody and Exterior” for its technological developments made in 5G on-glass antennas. The first prize in this category went to Goodyear while AGC was the only glass supplier rewarded in this ceremony. These Awards distinguish the industry’s most outstanding achievements, many of which were related to the progress made in electric vehicles and connectivity. The event is organized by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) in collaboration with the auditing and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers.
More specifically, in the automotive sector, the AGC achievements related to 5G on-glass antennas include developing new components and providing solutions1. In addition, on 15 March 2019, AGC Glass Europe has opened state-of-the-art anechoic chambers in Belgium. This new facility is used for developing and testing AGC technology for windows with on-glass antennas, in response to the growing demand for connectivity. For Jean-Marc Meunier, Regional President of AGC Automotive Company, “this distinction gives international recognition by an independent scientific institute to the unique expertise that AGC has so far developed in automotive on-glass antennas.”
Under the mid-term management plan AGC plus-2020, AGC group has positioned mobility, electronics and life science business as key strategic business areas. In the field of mobility where specific solution proposals for 5G utilization are required in the future, AGC group has been an industry leader in the research, development, and production of automotive on-glass antennas for over 40 years.
In order to meet the broad customer needs for "connected" cars in the age of IoT/AI, AGC group will further strengthen its system that contributes to customers from both sides of new component development and solution provision.
1 Achievements about 5G on-glass antennas:
July 25, 2018 PRESS RELEASE:
Success with 5G Communications Using “Vehicle Glass Mounted Antenna” for 5G Connected Car
- World's first 28 GHz band compatible antenna achieves 8 Gbps super high-speed communications with high-speed vehicle -
May 29, 2019 PRESS RELEASE:
DOCOMO, AGC and Ericsson Achieve World’s First 5G Communication Using Glass Antenna for 28 GHz
- Thin, compact antenna enables 5G communication under difficult conditions -