Pilkington Activ™ Range

Pilkington Activ™ Range

Range Overview

Pilkington made a significant step in the glass industry with the development of Pilkington Activ™, the first dual-action self-cleaning glass. The unique dual-action of the Pilkington Activ™ coating uses the forces of nature to help keep the glass free from dirt, giving not only the practical benefit of less cleaning, but also clearer, better-looking windows.

Pilkington Activ™
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How it works


A revolutionary dual-action self-cleaning coating is located on the external glass pane.

It has got photo-catalytic and hydrophilic properties, and works in two stages:

  • (Stage 1) The coating reacts with natural daylight to break down and loosen organic dirt.
  • (Stage 2) When it rains, instead of forming droplets, the water spreads evenly over the surface of the glass, forming a thin film and helping to wash away any dirt and reduce streaks.

During long dry spells the glass can be cleaned by simply hosing it down with clean water.


  • Self-cleaning properties reduce the need for manual cleaning, saving water and eliminating potentially harmful run-off from expensive detergents, also increasing personal safety.
  • Works even on cloudy days and during the night.
  • Highly durable pyrolytic on-line coating that lasts the lifetime of the glass.
  • Can be laminated, tempered, bent and enamelled using standard techniques.
  • Can be used in its monolithic form or incorporated in insulating glass units (coating on surface #1), for instance with Pilkington Energy Advantage™ to offer additional thermal insulation properties.
  • Pilkington Optiphon™ for improved noise reduction for additional thermal insulation properties.
  • Available in a range of different sizes and thicknesses (2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mm).
  • Achieves Class A to EN 1096 for coated glass.
  • Achieves ASTM C 1376 standard specification.

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Technical Update

The following document contains flow charts which are designed to provide you with up-to-date information about the technical aspects of Pilkington Activ™. It includes a list of gaskets that have passed Pilkington's compatibility tests and are approved for use with Pilkington Activ™ glass.

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Pilkington Activ™ Glass Coating Detector

Pilkington Activ™ glass coating detectors are now available to purchase direct from the supplier, Norcott Instrumentation Limited.

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