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High-performance Glass and Glass Ceramics Opens New Technological Dimensions for Next-Generation Applications

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Glass technology has evolved from simply melting a mixture of sand and sodium carbonate, followed by casting, molding or blowing the molten mass, to requiring state-of-the-art technologies to ensure faster and cheaper production. Technology advancements have taken place in areas such as computerized process control systems, glass composition, novel coating techniques, light and solar control technology, self-cleaning glass, energy efficient glass, environment friendly glass, and smart glass solutions that integrate microelectronics that can respond to changes in external forces. These are likely to have an impact on the development of novel applications of glass.

Frost & Sullivan (www.ti.frost.com) finds that Advances in Glass and Glass Ceramics reviews the advancement in the field of glass and glass ceramics. The research service has an array of information on organizations, companies, universities, and research institutions involved in the R&D of glass and glass ceramics. It also provides contact details for most of these organizations. A summary of key patents will give an insight into notable activities, technology trends, and major participants in this market.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the advances in glass and glass ceramics, then send an e-mail to Shwetha Thomas , Corporate Communications, at sthomas@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, city, state, and country. We will send you the information via e-mail upon receipt of the above information.

"With technology innovation and novel processes propelling development, a broad spectrum of high technology and specialty applications in various market segments use advanced glass and glass ceramics," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Archana Jayarajah. "The stringent environmental regulations associated with the combustion of fuels that are used for process heating in the glass industry has increased awareness among the key participants with regard to the need for R&D of energy-efficient solutions."

Advanced glasses and glass-ceramics are present in today's electronic displays, optical waveguides, electronic packaging, lighting, medical and dental implants, and radiation shielding. Recent research trends suggest that novel uses of these materials are likely in wireless communication, next-generation displays, optical telecommunication, optical memory devices, next-generation semiconductor devices, ion exchange membranes for fuel cells, and solar cells.

One of the key technology challenges that the glass industry needs to address is the need for improved energy efficiency. Primarily, the industry uses energy to supply heat to glass melting furnaces for melting and refining raw materials. According to the energy analysis conducted by the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP), energy costs account for nearly 8 percent to 12 percent of the total glass production costs. Industry participants opine that efforts are ongoing to develop technologies that address this particular challenge and to corroborate that companies in this sector are working on the development of energy-efficient melting technologies.

"The environmental impact of glass has gained tremendous attention in recent times," explains Jayarajah. "Glass manufacture requires phenomenal energy consumption and results in greenhouse gas emissions which create a negative image."

Typically, during the manufacture of glass, emissions occur due to the decomposition of raw materials and fuel combustion. Manufacturers in the glass industry are trying to develop solutions that can address the technological challenges associated with the environmental impact of glass manufacture. With these advanced solutions, manufacturers will be able to capitalize on the growing demand for glass without compromising on environment laws.

Advances in Glass and Glass Ceramics is part of the Technical Insights Subscription, and it provides an overview of emerging trend in glass landscape that involves key drivers, challenges, restraints, and an analysis of adoption trends. In this research service, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following technologies: Glass and Glass Ceramics. Interviews are available to the press.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective, and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com.

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Shwetha Thomas, Corporate Communications - South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan, +91 (022) 4001 3429 sthomas@frost.com

Source: Frost & Sullivan (Business Wire India)

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