AGC Partners with Kinestral Technologies for Adoption of Smart-tinting Glass

Glass Magazine
December 11, 2017

Asahi Glass Co. partnered with Kinestral Technologies, maker of Halio smart-tinting glass, in three joint venture companies that will sell, distribute and service Halio to the global market.

“We are convinced that Halio technology is poised to transform the glass industry,” says Jean-François Heris, senior executive officer of AGC and president of AGC Building and Industrial Glass Co.

Formed to accelerate the adoption of Halio, the new ventures—Halio North America, Halio International and Halio China—will be the exclusive sales and marketing agents for Halio smart-tinting glass in the commercial and residential housing industries. Halio China includes a third partner: G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp., a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group. The three partners have been introducing Halio in their respective markets since the product was first unveiled in January at the BAU Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems in Munich, Germany. 

Jim Arnold, formerly senior vice president of sales at Control4 and DirecTV, will lead Halio North America. Alain Jardinet, a veteran executive of AGC Glass Europe, will lead Halio International, which will sell to all markets outside of North America and China. Halio China will be headed by Alex Jiang, an executive of GTOC.