TOKYO, March 23, 2023—AGC Inc. Hirai), a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, has increased its production capacity for fluorochemical products in order to respond to the strong demand for semiconductor-related products and applications. The 35 billion yen expansion of its Chiba Plant (Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2025.
Fluorochemical products are used in a wide range of industries, including semiconductors, aircraft, automobiles because they have excellent heat, weather, and chemical resistance. The technical characteristics of AGC Group’s products have been highly recognized in applications requiring advanced characteristics and reliability, including high-speed communication equipment, fuel cell vehicles, and hydrogen energy. Sales of AGC Group’s fluorochemical products have been steadily increasing in recent years, and the company recently expanded capacity at its Kashima and Chiba plants.
AGC decided to further expand its capacity in response to the increased demand for fluorochemicals products, particularly in the semiconductor industry. AGC will continue to invest proactively in fluorochemical products, aiming to achieve sales of more than 200 billion yen in the Performance Chemicals business by 2024. Under its Managing Policy AGC plus 2.0 , the AGC Group is committed to creating products that add a “plus” by providing safety, security and comfort to society and creating new value and functions for customers. The AGC Group will continue to responsibly provide fluorochemical products that are indispensable to its customers and society, and will support the lives of people around the world.
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Chikako Ogawa, General Manager, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Division
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AGC Chemicals Americas is a global subsidiary of AGC Inc., a multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical products. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, including a state-of-the-art technology center, AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pennsylvania, a satellite sales office in Guaratingueta, Brazil, and warehouses located throughout North America. www.agcchem.com