At Carlex, we know serving a car owner ultimately means better serving car manufacturers and designers and those who service and repair cars. It also means providing the proper tools to our glassmakers, the people at the heart of our reputation for technology, quality and timely delivery. Our aim is to improve every interaction to make the total experience of engineering, crafting, sourcing, installing or repairing quality automotive glass a positive one for all involved. To that end, we’ve grown to meet this challenge, investing in technology, global resources and a network of the world’s most integrated glassmaking facilities and processes.
But the greatest investment is the one made by our people – generations of highly trained glassmakers who take pride in crafting everything we imagine, touch, test and deliver.
Carlex. We’re more than glass. We’re the people behind the glass. Meet our leaders.
The origins of Carlex can be traced back to 1936 when Central Glass Co. Ltd., then known as Ube Soda Industry Co. Ltd., was first established in Japan. In 1958, the company launched the glass business in Japan, followed by the acquisition of a North American architectural glass facility in Seattle, WA in 1974, and then opening its first major automotive glass facility in Vonore, TN in 1991 in partnership with Ford Motor Company.
Since being established, Carlex has focused on one thing: a commitment to excellence in providing the best automotive glass products to its global customers. This has been a springboard for growth as Carlex acquired 100% of the equity of the Vonore facility in 1995, followed by the 2011 purchase of Ford’s former Nashville, TN float glass, fabrication operations, and the aftermarket business which doubled its North American footprint. Carlex then again doubled its size in 2014 by acquiring three additional manufacturing sites in Auburn and Ligonier, Indiana; and Grevenmacher, Luxembourg.
Now with 10 automotive glass locations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, together with its parent company Central Glass, Carlex continues to provide best-in-class glazing products that make the driving experience safer, more enjoyable and more energy efficient for not only our customers, but for everyone including those who make our glass products.
Central Glass’ global enterprise has expanded into a wide range of fields including architectural glass, glass for electronics, chemicals, fertilizer, fine chemicals, and glass fibers, and of course, automotive glass products that strive to respond to the diversifying needs of society.
Our people are the heart of who we are, what we do and how well we do it. We’re always working to improve our view through technology, innovation and service to make your view better. Clearly visionary people made us who we are and clearly visionary people will lead us into the future. We don’t just look at the glass, we see beyond the glass.