Asahi Glass introduced a new form of ultra-strong glass, called Dragontrail, that is meant for consumer electronics and mobile devices. The near scratch-proof glass can withstand drops and take 35 pounds of pressure without breaking, reports Computerworld.
Dragontrail will challenge Corning's Gorilla Glass for use in mobile devices, an increasingly lucrative market. Barclays forecast that global shipments of smartphones will reach 500 million units in 2012 and Forrester predicted that tablet sales will double in 2011. The Japanese company is looking to secure a 30 percent share of the market for cover glass used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics, according to The Wall Street Journal. Asahi expects to yield $365.6 million in sales in 2012 from its durable Dragontrail glass.