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Roads help secure safe commutes and create comfort in the urban environment

AGC’s ceramics making urban life more comfortable

Ceramics generally have high wear resistance and hardness, and they are widely used as roadbed/surface materials. Excelling in the development and manufacture of ceramics and refractory, AGC helps prevent global warming and improve safety by supplying eco-friendly pavement materials.

Alleviating the heat island phenomenon by lowering road surface temperature

Asphalt roads accumulate solar heat, and they have been considered as one of causes for the heat island phenomenon in urban areas. AGC developed a heat-shielding road surface material, TOUGH COORE, that curbs solar heat storage in asphalt pavement thereby reducing the heat island phenomenon caused by heat re-discharge. By reflecting more sunlight than general asphalt pavement, TOUGH COORE successfully lowers the temperature of the road surface by 10℃ in the middle of summer. AGC’s road surface material helps protect people from risks caused by the heat island phenomenon such as heatstroke, air pollution, energy consumption and localized torrential rain.

Color-coded, high visibility lanes for the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and public transportation vehicles

In recent years, bicycle use is rising in urban areas as a quick means of travel along with increases in urban road traffic. Responding to this trend, large cities have started creating bicycle lanes in accordance with the road traffic law.

Color blue is adopted for bicycle lane in Tokyo Prefecture

To this end, color pavement is used to make each lane, for cyclists, buses and pedestrians, more visually recognizable. AGC’s TOUGH BAHN is slip-resistant, color aggregate ceramics with a color variation of red, green, yellow, blue, black and white. TOUGH BAHN and other slip-resistant materials are applied to 1 million m² of road surfaces in Japan every year, and 27% of which are for pedestrian roads, bicycle tracks and bicycle lanes. Visually distinguishing each lane leads to improvement of safety for pedestrians. In some areas, using colored TOUGH BAHN to mark bus stop areas in red helped reduce the number of illegal parking cars occupying bus stops and ease traffic congestion.

To this end, color pavement is used to make each lane, for cyclists, buses and pedestrians, more visually recognizable. AGC’s TOUGH BAHN is slip-resistant, color aggregate ceramics with a color variation of red, green, yellow, blue, black and white. TOUGH BAHN and other slip-resistant materials are applied to 1 million m² of road surfaces in Japan every year, and 27% of which are for pedestrian roads, bicycle tracks and bicycle lanes. Visually distinguishing each lane leads to improvement of safety for pedestrians. In some areas, using colored TOUGH BAHN to mark bus stop areas in red helped reduce the number of illegal parking cars occupying bus stops and ease traffic congestion.

Color blue is adopted for bicycle lane in Tokyo Prefecture

More comfortable roads for future transportation systems

Not many people would notice the change even when the color of the road changes or the heat field effect is improved. But behind the scenes, AGC’s technology and ingenuity are used in consideration of safety and comfort. AGC will contribute to the safety and security of new traffic trends such as self-driving technology coming in the near future.

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