PPD Incorporates Chemically Tempered Into Automotive Applications

PPD - Gorilla® Glass for Automotive

Chemically Hardened Glass For The Automotive Industry

PPD is pleased to announce that it has been working on a new type of glass technology. This type of glass is not new to the transportation industry, but it is new to the automotive industry.  PPD has developed an encapsulation process for utilizing ultrathin chemically tempered glass,  similar to what is used in smartphones & tablets today in several automotive applications, with several OEMs.  Chemically hardened glass has been around for 25+ years. Only recently has the need been more apparent for automotive markets to harvest the weight savings, as well as the durability of the new glass composition.

Gaining In Popularity

Chemically tempered glass has been used in the military and mass transit markets and is gaining popularity. Breakage and scratch resistance have been the key drivers for durability and program replacement costs. We have done extensive development and research with multiple types of Chemically Tempered Glass products including Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Dragontrail, & Falcon glass.  

Increasing The Strength of Chemically Tempered Glass

PPD has developed a technology to encapsulate Chemically Tempered Glass and actually increase the strength of the glass. Through the encapsulation process, we actually seal the edges of the glass, which are the weakest part of any piece of glass.

PPD can encapsulate even the most complex of glass shapes, and with our hybrid tooling, we are the most cost competitive – bar none.

Multi Panel Technology – MPT

PPD has been carefully developing a new series of products, which we call our MPT (Multi Panel Technology). This family of products is not only some of the most progressive encapsulated products on the market, they also are an excellent application of Chemically Tempered laminate as well. Chemically Tempered glass adds the design flexibility that so many of the Designers are looking for in today’s vehicle architecture. PPD can choose specific types of glass that will help you attain your weight reduction, design, and cost goals. These goals can typically be achieved with conventional soda lime glass or chemically tempered laminated glass. In many cases, we can choose the qualities with a hybrid mix of several types of glass and laminates to meet your needs.

Below are some renderings of products we are currently developing that exemplify our MPT in current model vehicle applications. This is just a taste of what is possible with this new glazing technology.

PPD - Gorilla® Glass for Automotive
PPD - Gorilla® Glass for Automotive
PPD - Gorilla® Glass for Automotive

Leading Source for Chemically Strengthened Automotive Applications

PPD is one of the leading development sources for integrating Chemically Tempered Glass into automotive applicationsPPD has multiple designs such as single, double, or three sided fully or partially encapsulated designs. We also have the adhesive systems that complement the many different types of encapsulation material that will meet your strict design guidelines. Feel free to contact PPD directly from our contact page, or pick up the phone to discuss your thoughts.

Contact PPD to discuss the benefits of Gorilla Glass and whether your product demands this level of toughness.


    Chemically Tempered Glass is chemically strengthened through an ion-exchange process that creates a deep compression layer on the surface of the glass substrate. This layer acts as “armor” to reduce the introduction of flaws.

    Depending on application and manufacturer specifications, Chemically Tempered Glass can be produced in thicknesses ranging from 0.4 mm to 2 mm. Even at 0.4 mm, Chemically Tempered Glass retains a performance advantage over many other cover materials.

PPD has been developing programs and encapsulating glass for over 20 years with a core group of dedicated seasoned professionals. Our engineering and manufacturing teams experience spans more than 70 years combined. We have completed engineering evaluations and reverse engineered over 1,500 unique products for many different industries. With this wide range of products and experience, we truly believe we have solutions to all of our customer’s needs.