It’s no secret that the construction and glass industries are in the midst of a technical revolution. The revolution encompasses various facets, be it artificial intelligence, the advancement of machine learning, robots’ ability to help install curtainwalls and software that ties together entire warehouses.

As a testament to the industry’s push to innovate, two architectural glass-related companies have been named to the third-annual LexisNexis “Innovation Momentum 2024: The Global Top 100” list.

AGC Group and Saint-Gobain were among the top 100 global companies evaluated based on the volume of patents and the strength of momentum in patent portfolio changes over the past two years. This was the second consecutive year AGC made the list, while Saint-Gobain was selected for the first time. The companies are placed in the chemicals and materials category.

The annual study analyzes patent data to reveal how the pace and focus of innovation have evolved over the past two years. It identifies the top 100 companies that continue pushing boundaries in their respective fields by evaluating the quality and volume of a company’s patents, differentiating between small, high-quality portfolios and large, well-maintained ones.

AGC officials recently announced that the Group completed a successful demonstration that involved recycling glass from solar panel covers and turning it into float glass. Photo courtesy of AGC.

According to LexisNexis, AGC has been crucial for various applications, from green energy solutions to advanced manufacturing technologies. AGC officials explained that the Group was selected based on the increase in the value of its patents in environmentally friendly refrigerants and compositions of various materials. Officials recently announced that the Group completed a successful demonstration that involved recycling glass from solar panel covers and turning it into float glass.

Officials explained that AGC is working to conserve raw materials derived from natural resources, such as silica sand and soda ash, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its production processes through recycling initiatives.

Saint-Gobain’s push to improve sustainability is well publicized. The company is rolling out high-performing sustainable solutions, such as low-carbon glass, and it is conducting the world’s first test production of glass in a furnace powered by more than 30% hydrogen. It also recently invested $241 million in capital expenditure and research and development for decarbonization.

LexisNexis compiled data from each of the 100 companies on the list. It reported that the chemical and materials industry was the fourth most innovative industry over the past two years, behind information technologies, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals. The chemicals and materials industry had 11 companies on the list, none of which are in the U.S. (five are in Asia, and six are in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).

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