Why it matters: LG Electronics' use of antimicrobial glass powder and sea glass in its product lineup could signal growth potential for its advanced materials business. These developments also reflect LG's commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.
- LG has used its patented antimicrobial glass powder in several home appliances since 2022. This substance produces high-touch plastic parts and has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties, potentially improving hygiene standards.
- Developed with the company's specific release technology, LG's marine glass can dissolve in water and release inorganic ions. This process is expected to promote microalgae and algae growth, helping restore aquatic ecosystems.
- LG's sea glass could provide an alternative to red clay in the fight against harmful algal blooms, commonly known as red tides. In addition, because the marine glass completely dissolves, it can prevent secondary contamination of the marine environment.
The Big Picture: LG's new ventures align with the company's ESG vision of "Better Life for All. The success of its antimicrobial glass powder is driving the expansion of its advanced materials business into marine ecosystem restoration.
Since LG began working with glass powder in 1996, the company has secured 219 patents related to the material.
The antimicrobial glass powder is produced at LG Smart Park in Changwon, South Korea, with an annual capacity of 4,500 tons.