AGC has completed a JPY20 billion ($191.5 million) R&D building at its Yokohama Technical Center, Japan.

A collaborative creation space called ‘AO (AO/AGC Open Square’ has been established within the building to accelerate internal and external collaboration.

The flat glass manufacturer said the building would help improve the speed of its R&D functions, which had previously been based in two locations.

It would also help create new business fields by establishing a collaborative place to work with other companies and research organisations.

The building will contain an AGC-only area as well as the Open Square area for external partners.