Global business expansion

From 1907 to the 1950s

1907
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. was established in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture
1914
The first shipment of sheet glass was exported to England
1917
Headquarters was moved to Tokyo
1925
Shoko Glass Co., Ltd. was established in China as Asahi Glass’ first business outside Japan
1933
The Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion (now the Asahi Glass Foundation) was established to commemorate our 25th anniversary
1937
Stocks were listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1952
Concluded agreement to export caustic soda electrolysis equipment to Indonesia
1955
Received Deming Prize for quickly adopting quality management
1956
Glass manufacturing subsidiary was established in India, demonstrating progress in expanding internationally ahead of other Japanese companies
1957
Asahi Glass Scholarship Foundation was established to Commemorate our 50th anniversary
AGC was founded in 1907 by Toshiya Iwasaki
Received Deming Prize for quickly adopting quality management. (1955)

The 1960s and 1990s

1964
Entry into the flat glass market in Thailand
1972
Commenced glass production operations in Indonesia
1981
AGC Asahi Glass acquired Glaverbel S.A. and MaasGlas B.V., glass companies in Belgium and the Netherlands
1985
Full-scale entry of the automotive glass business in the United States
1986
Full-scale entry of the chlor-alkali business in Indonesia
1997
Entry into Russia’s glass market.
Entry into the flat glass market in Thailand. (1964)
Commenced glass production operations in Indonesia. (1972)
Glaverbel S.A. in Belgium was acquired. Full-scale entry in Europe’s flat glass market. (1981)
Entry into Russia’s glass market. (1997)

2000s –

2002
Creation of AGC Group Vision, "Look Beyond"
In-house Company system was introduced
2007
The Group brand was unified as “AGC”
2013
Started production of float glass in Brazil.
Established regional headquarters in Singapore
2015
AGC plus management policy was implemented
AGC The Group brand was unified as “AGC”. (2007)
The Brazil Plant, one of the most environmentally friendly factories in South America starts operation. Entry into Brazil’s flat glass market. (2013)