Glass is a material that is used in our homes, workplaces, and forms of transportation. It is most commonly seen in the form of windows, which protects us against the elements without obstructing our vision. In our vehicles, we use it to see places that we would normally have to turn around to see. In eyeglasses and contact lenses it allows us to see better. It conducts heat easily, but does not conduct electricity at all. It is also used for decoration such as vases, clocks, mirrors, and even stained glass.
Glass is commonly referred to as a highly viscous liquid. It is not a solid because its molecules aren’t in a crystalline pattern. Instead, the particles are arranged as if it were a liquid, but frozen in place. It can be transparent, translucent, or opaque. It is non-porous, non-absorptive, and can be used with the common elements and many harsh chemicals and liquids. It is one of the best electrical insulation materials, and because it is made of silica or contains it, it is considered a ceramic. It is also considered a thermoplastic in some cases because it can melt when heated and reform when cooled over again
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Here are the list of top 10 largest glass manufacturing companies in the world.
With nearly 190,000 employees and a presence in 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is a global designer, producer and distributor of a variety of building and high-performance materials, ranging from photovoltaic glass to industrial ceramic components and more. Saint-Gobain’s Innovative Materials group, which represents 21% of total net sales, produces products such as flat glass, abrasives and ceramics.
Saint-Gobain Crystals, a Saint-Gobain company, provided its 100th set of sapphire-engineered armor to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in November 2013. The advanced ceramic-based armor was designed to improve the performance of bulletproof windshields and door windows on the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Launcher.
2. AGC Group
With more than 50,000 employees in over 30 countries, the AGC Group is segmented in four main areas of operation: Glass (48% of sales), which produces products such as float, low-e and automotive glasses; Electronics (25%), including glass substrates for various electronics applications, synthetic quartz glass, and glass.frit/paste; Ceramics/Other (6%), which produces refractory materials, fine ceramics and sputtering targets; and Chemicals (21%).
3. Corning Inc.
According to the company’s website, “Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.”
Corning employs about 30,000 people at nearly 130 locations worldwide, including research centers in North America, Europe and Asia. Segments include Display Technologies (glass substrates for flat panel displays and LCDs), Environmental Technologies (ceramic substrates and filters for cars and trucks), and Specialty Materials (formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals), among others.
4. Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Murata specializes in the manufacture of technical ceramic components for electronics applications. Its 48,000 worldwide employees produce products such as multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) and piezoelectric ceramic components.
5. The NSG Group
The NSG Group produces high-performance glass and glazing solutions in three business areas: Architectural and Building Products (40% of fiscal 2014 sales), producing products such as solar control glass, self-cleaning glass, and glass for solar applications; Automotive (50%); and Technical Glass (10%), which manufactures products like LCD glass and glass cord. The company operates with 28,000 employees in 30 countries and serves customers in 130 countries.
6. Kyocera Corp.
Kyocera employs nearly 70,000 people via 230 group companies located worldwide. Revenue within the Fine Ceramics segment increased 6.9% in the 2014 fiscal year, while revenue in the Semiconductor Parts segment increased 12.3%, according to Elly Yoshikawa, deputy manager of Corporate Communications. Kyocera’s financial forecast for the 2015 fiscal year calls for total consolidated revenue to increase 9.2%. (This forecast includes all business segments, both ceramic and non-ceramic. Separate forecasts for individual business segments are not available.) This is one of the world’s few Top 10 Best Glass Manufacturing Companies 2017.
7. RHI GROUP
With roughly 8,000 employees, 33 production facilities and more than 70 sales offices, RHI serves over 10,000 customers in the steel, cement, nonferrous metals, glass, energy and chemical industries in nearly all countries of the world. RHI produces more than 1.7 million tons of refractory products per year and supplies customized product and system solutions.
8. SCHOTT AG
SCHOTT’s workforce of 15,400 employees provides customers with specialty glass and materials and advanced technologies for the architecture, pharmaceutical, electronics, transportation and optics industries. According to the 2013 annual report, SCHOTT’s recent withdrawal from the polycrystalline photovoltaics business caused a decline in sales, but a strengthened focus on pharmaceutical packaging is expected to see significant growth in the coming months.
9. Morgan Advanced Materials
As the company name implies, Morgan Advanced Materials produces advanced materials, including ceramics, carbon-based materials and composites. Products range from insulating refractories and silicon carbide seals to piezoelectrics and lightweight armor systems. With customers in over 100 countries, the company has more than 100 manufacturing sites and employs over 9,000 people.
10. CoorsTek, Inc.
CoorsTek has 48 facilities located in 13 countries on four continents. The company produces hundreds of technical ceramic products for applications in aerospace and defense; semiconductor; oil and gas; automotive; household durables; and heavy industries such as rail, energy, and mining.
Thus we complete the list of top 10 largest glass manufacturing companies in the world 2017.