Kinestral Technologies Inc. has partnered with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC), a subsidiary of the Foxconn Technology Group, to begin mass production of its smart-tinting glass Halio. Under the agreement, the two companies will convert an existing GTOC touch panel manufacturing facility in Taiwan to produce Halio—a $100 million investment over two phases.

“Manufacturing Halio makes use of the same techniques employed by the LCD industry, so partnering with GTOC made a lot of sense,” says S.B. Cha, CEO of Kinestral. “Repurposing an existing touch panel fab saves us from having to build a factory from scratch, which significantly reduces our costs and allows us to quickly establish a highly-automated manufacturing facility.”

Kinestral will leverage existing GTOC capabilities and infrastructure in building the new production line. The new line will augment an existing manufacturing facility in Hayward, Calif.

The renovation of the 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Taiwan is scheduled for completion later this year, with volume production of Halio glass sized up to 3-by-1.5 meters beginning in early 2018. The smart-tinting glass produced in Taiwan will be shipped to manufacturing centers in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere for assembly.