Willy Borsus, minister-president of Wallonia, meets with Jean-François Heris, president of AGC’s Building & Industrial Glass Co.

Willy Borsus, minister-president of Wallonia, recently visited the AGC Technovation Centre (ATC), the Belgium-based research and development center of AGC Glass Europe. He was welcomed by Jean-François Heris, president of AGC’s Building & Industrial Glass Company, and was given a guided tour by the site manager Marc Foguenne.

“Currently more than 50 percent of our research projects are aimed at developing sustainable products, solutions and processes,” said Foguenne.

He told Borsus about the company’s latest achievements, including vacuum-coated glass with insulating power equivalent to an insulating wall; glass that generates electricity (Building Integrated Photovoltaics); glass with variable light transmission that changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a switch; electroluminescent glass incorporating LEDs; head-up display glass; connected automotive glass; and thin glass for high-tech applications such as interactive screens with large dimensions.

The visit continued with a working meeting that focused on development projects for construction of anechoic chambers at the company’s Gosselies, Belgium, facility, along with vacuum-coated glass.