Dr. Aruga will speak during the Specialty Fabrics Session and discuss the latest developments in ETFE film technology that deliver performance advantages such as high tensile strength, exceptional clarity, weatherability, UV resistance, light control and digital printing options.
Dr. Aruga has been engaged in ETFE film product development for more than 25 years and has been with AGC, where he is a doctor of agriculture, since 1985. In 2015, he received a doctorate in agriculture from Ehime University for the development of ETFE film for greenhouse applications. His recent focus is on the development of ETFE film for architectural membrane structures. AGC is a member of the IFAI's Japan group, advanced textiles group and fabric structures groups.
AGC's F-CLEAN ETFE film is used as a covering material for horticultural greenhouses to provide more than 93 percent light transmittance and higher UV transmission than glass, polyethylene or polycarbonate, which allows the full spectrum of solar light to pass into the growing area. F-CLEAN film is proven to protect greenhouses for more than 25 years without showing signs of deterioration. Its low surface energy means that rain will wash away dirt, and snow and ice slide off easily, ensuring quality light transmission and eliminating work time and cleaning costs.
AGC's Fluon ETFE film is a high-performance building material for membrane structures and architectural facades. It is used in some of the world’s most creative architectural designs because it allows for lightweight, moveable shell structures, brilliant illumination, energy efficiency, climate control and sunlight transmission. ETFE film is made of a thermoplastic fluoropolymer, so it is transparent but much lighter weight than glass. It also features non-stick, insulation and dirt protection properties, as well as resistance to heat, chemicals and weather.