Smartphone cover glass Dragontrail™ X to be used on 2014 World Cup player benches
In January 2014, AGC released Dragontrail™ X, a specialty glass for chemical strengthening used as cover glass for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Based on its expertise in analyzing glass breakage acquired over the past several decades, AGC has worked on effective glass compositions by classifying causes of glass breakage into various patterns.
"Dragontrail™ X features its unparalleled strength that is achieved by balancing internal stress and a force on the outside, called compression stress (CS). In fact, such a balance hasn't been achieved in glass until now. This is truly a new concept, giving Dragontrail™ X a new position in the market for cover glass."
Dragontrail™ X is thin, highly transparent and durable. Utilizing these features, it was adopted as one of the key components of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Glass Roof for Player Benches. Dragontrail™ X, with eight times the surface strength of soda-lime glass, achieves outstanding impact resistance. A specialty glass for chemical strengthening featuring world-class strength, Dragontrail™ X will protect the players and staff while they're sitting on the benches.
"We're presenting Dragontrail™ X to the business customers in the mobile phone and touch-panel markets in Japan, as well as worldwide. Dragontrail™ has already been adopted as cover glass for most of the major brands. Since its launch at the beginning of this year, Dragontrail™ X has already been favorably received by various electronics manufacturers, and is expected to be marketed in the near future."
Dragontrail™ has already been used in 316 mobile device models, under 37 brands. Going forward, AGC aims to extend the applications to automobiles, housing and digital signage.