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Asahi Glass 

“Market Cap $6.72 B As of May 2014

At a Glance
  • Industry: Construction Materials
  • Founded: 1907
  • Country: Japan
  • CEO: Kazuhiko Ishimura
  • Website: www.agc.co.jp
  • Employees: 51,448
  • Sales: $13.52 B
  • Headquarters: Tokyo
Forbes Lists

#1131 Global 2000

  • #706 in Sales
  • #1014 in Assets
  • #1524 in Market value
Profile

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. engages in glass, chemicals, and ceramics businesses. Its operations are carried out through the following segments: Glass, Electronics, Chemicals, and Others. The Glass segment provides glass for glazing, decorative glass, and special-purpose glass such as flat glass for construction, industrial-use processed glass, and automotive glass. The Electronics segment offers glass for display panels, optical thin film products, optoelectronic materials, synthetic quartz products, glass frit and paste, semiconductor components, and lighting products. The Chemicals segment handles chlor-alkali and urethane products, and fluorinated resins. The Others segment includes ceramic products. The company was founded by Toshiya Iwasaki on September 8, 1907 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

“Asahi Glass History

Overview

The Asahi Glass Company was founded in 1907 by Toshiya Iwasaki, the second son of the second president of the original Mitsubishi Corporation. Under him, it succeeded in the first Japanese production of sheet glass.His pioneering spirit, summarized in the basic principle “Never take the easy way out–address the difficulties,” was the driving force behind Asahi Glass’s mastery of a succession of difficult business challenges and the company’s subsequent dynamic growth.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Agc.co.jp

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