Automotive windows are usually made from laminated glass for windshields and Tempered glass for sidelites and backlites. Laminated glazing can also be used for sidelites and backlites, mainly to improve safety and security.
Tempered monolithic glass
The “Securit” tempering process was discovered in Saint-Gobain’s laboratories in 1929, in the course of research undertaken at the request of the automobile industry. The process, which consists of strengthening the glass by very fast blast cooling (from 600 to 300° C in a few seconds), is used to make automobile, building, and specialty flat glass. Tempered glass is also a safety glass. A violent impact shatters tempered glass into many tiny non-cutting fragments
In 1909, a French chemist Edouard Benedictus, invented laminated glass and called it “Triplex”. The process bonds two sheets of glass using a sheet of transparent plastic, producing a safety glass. If the glass is broken by an impact, the plastic retains the fragments. The process is used for automobile windshields but can be also applied for laminated sidelites and laminated backlites.