China produces world’s thinnest glass with high impact resistance

Last month, China Triumph International Engineering Co., Ltd. (CTIEC) rolled out the world’s thinnest float glass.

The ultrathin glass has a thickness of only 0.12mm, merely 0.025mm thicker than the average sheet of A4 paper.

The glass, though as thin as paper, is extremely strong. It can resist the impact of a 55-gram steel ball falling from the height of one meter. This impact is the same as that created by a car being driven into a wall at the speed of 150 km/h.

According to Cao Xin, deputy director of the Class Engineering Research Institution under the CTIEC, the ultrathin glass is a core material for the electronic display industry. It is the basic material for cell phone, computer and TV screens.

The Chinese-produced 0.12-mm ultrathin glass has smashed the monopoly of western countries, lowering the international market price of such glass by two thirds.

Persistence and innovation are key in China’s expansion of shares of its ultrathin glass on the international market. Bengbu CNBM Information Display Materials Co., Ltd. is another Chinese company that produces glass display devices. Its international share was close to zero before 2014, but is has grown to a staggering 40 percent today.

“Now we are ranked in the world’s top 3 when it comes to market share,” said Ren Hongcan, general manager of the company.

More and more Chinese products are winning the trust of the international market, but the competition in manufacturing industries is endless. It is expected that more Chinese enterprises will grow stronger in the future and become leading manufacturers.