Employees at AGC Chemical Americas Inc. can be excused if they're more interested in watching the players on the bench than the ones on the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Materials and technology developed by AGC Chemicals of Exton, Pa., and its parent company, Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, were used for the players’ glass-enclosed benches on the sidelines of all 12 venues where the soccer matches will take place. The glass-enclosed players’ benches are nearly 40-feet long and have roof and back panels made with a double layer of a thin, chemically strengthened glass called Dragontrail X that is produced by Asahi.
The benches’ glass panels are held in place by fiber-reinforced plastic frames produced by AGC Matex of Thailand, and coated with AGC Chemical’s Lumiflon, which is a weather-resistant fluoropolymer resin designed to protect the frame from harsh weather. Read more about this story on PBJ.com.