World Flat Glass Industry

  • January 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 374 pages

Global flat glass demand to increase 6.3% annually through 2016

World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 6.3 percent per year through 2016 to 8.3 billion square meters. Maintaining the trend seen over the 2001-2011 period, demand will easily outpace real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) gains in the global economy. Gains in the dominant construction sector will be stimulated by an acceleration in building construction spending. The global market value of fabricated flat glass is forecast to exceed $100 billion in 2016.

Asia/Pacific region to remain largest & fastest growing market

The Asia/Pacific region, which accounted for 55 percent of global flat glass demand (on a square meter basis) in 2011, will continue to post the fastest gains through 2016. Gains in the region’s dominant national market of China will slow in comparison to the pace of the 2006-2011 period, but remain well above the world average. The Japanese market will exhibit a significant improvement based on recovering domestic building construction and motor vehicle sectors.

US demand for flat glass will recover strongly based on a healthy expansion in the country’s battered building construction sector. Building construction spending in the US in 2011 was just a little over one-half of levels seen in 2006.

Despite seeing positive economic growth in 2010 and 2011 after a major recession, the US building construction sector witnessed further declines in both those years. Some recovery has been seen in 2012, suggesting that the worst may be over.

The West European market for flat glass will see the weakest gains among all regions through 2016. A slow growing population combined with a stagnant motor vehicle industry will limit gains in glass demand. A number of float glass plants in the region closed in 2012, suggesting that major glassmakers are shifting focus elsewhere.

Energy efficient products to boost flat glass demand

Fabricated flat glass demand will benefit from rapid growth in sales of energy efficient products such as solar control, insulation and low-e glass. The solar energy market, which was hurt by recent global economic weaknesses, will take off briskly once again. It should be noted, however, that demand for flat glass used in solar energy applications totaled just 100 million square meters in 2012, so this is a niche market.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Flat Glass, is priced at $6400. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts (2016, 2021) by market (e.g., nonresidential building construction, residential building construction, motor vehicle, other markets), world region and for 21 countries. The study also assesses market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles global industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
Global Macroeconomic Environment 4
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 6
World Demographic Outlook 10
World Building Construction Expenditures 12
Residential Building 14
Nonresidential Building 16
World Manufacturing Outlook 17
World Motor Vehicle Outlook 18
Motor Vehicle Production Trends 19
Motor Vehicles in Use 21
Environmental and Regulatory Considerations 23

III. WORLD FLAT GLASS OVERVIEW 27

General 27
Industry Flowchart 28
Float Glass Production Capacity by Year 32
Float Glass Utilization and Capacity Expansion Activity 35
Proposed Expansion Activity (2013-2014) 36
Flat Glass Production by Region 37
Global Trade Flows in Flat Glass 39
Flat Glass Demand by Region 40

IV. DEMAND BY MARKET 43

General 43
Building Construction Markets 46
Product Developments 48
Nonresidential Construction 51
Residential Construction 53
Motor Vehicle Market 56
OEM Motor Vehicle Market 58
Automotive Replacement Market 61
Other Markets 64

V. NORTH AMERICA 68

General 68
Flat Glass Demand by Market 70
Suppliers and Capacity 72
United States 73
Canada 80
Mexico 84

VI. WESTERN EUROPE 90

General 90
Flat Glass Demand by Market 92
Suppliers and Capacity 95
France 97
Germany 102
Italy 109
Spain 114
United Kingdom 119
Other Western Europe 124

VII. ASIA/PACIFIC 130

General 130
Flat Glass Demand by Market 133
Suppliers and Capacity 134
Australia 136
China 141
India 148
Indonesia 154
Japan 159
South Korea 166
Thailand 172
Vietnam 176
Other Asia/Pacific 182

VIII. OTHER REGIONS 189

Central and South America 189
General 189
Flat Glass Demand by Market 191
Suppliers and Capacity 193
Brazil 194
Other Central and South America 199
Eastern Europe 205
General 205
Flat Glass Demand by Market 208
Suppliers and Capacity 209
Poland 210
Russia 214
Other Eastern Europe 219
Africa/Mideast 225
General 225
Flat Glass Demand by Market 228
Suppliers and Capacity 230
Iran 231
Turkey 235
Other Africa/Mideast 239

IX. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 247

General 247
Suppliers and Market Share 248
World Float Glass Capacity by Company 252
Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Industry Restructuring 253
Distribution 255
Marketing Trends and Production Technology 257
Competitive Strategies 259
Marketing Strategies 261
Cooperative Agreements 263
Company Profiles 271
Apogee Enterprises Incorporated 272
Asahi Glass Company Limited 275
Automobile Glass, see Guardian Industries
Cardinal Glass Industries Incorporated 281
Carlex Glass America, see Central Glass
Central Glass Company Limited 283
China Glass Holdings Limited 286
China Luoyang Float Glass Group Company Limited 291
China Yaohua Glass Group, see China Glass Holdings
Chongqing Wansheng Float Glass, see Fuyao Group Glass Industry Corning Incorporated 292
CRH plc 294
CSG Holding Company Limited 297
Euroglas GmbH 300
Farun Group Company Limited 302
FLABEG Holding GmbH 303
Fuyao Group Glass Industry Company Limited 305
Ghazvin Glass Company 308
Guangdong Fu Rui Industrial Development Company Limited 309
Guardian Industries Corporation 310
Gurind Group 314
HanGlas Corporation 316
Harmon, see Apogee Enterprises
Interpane Glas Industrie AG 319
Jinjing Group Company Limited 321
Kaveh Glass Industry Group 323
KCC Corporation 324
Lamiver Incorporated 326
Magna International Incorporated 327
Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited 329
Northwestern Industries, see Central Glass
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, see CRH
PG Group 338
Pilkington Group, see Nippon Sheet Glass
Pittsburgh Glass Works, see PPG Industries
PPG Industries Incorporated 341
PT Mulia Industrindo Tbk 345
Qingdao Saint-Gobain HanGlas Clfg, see China Luoyang
Float Glass Group, HanGlas, and Saint-Gobain
Saint-Gobain 346
Sangalli Group 356
SCHOTT AG 358
SCHOTT Flat Glass, see SCHOTT and Asahi Glass
?i?ecam Group, see Türkiye ?i?e ve Cam Fabrikalari A?
Taiwan Glass Industry Corporation 361
Trakya Cam Sanayii A?, see Türkiye ?i?e ve Cam
Fabrikalari A?
Triveni Glass Limited 365
Türkiye ?i?e ve Cam Fabrikalari A? 366
Viglacera Corporation 368
Vimexico, see Nippon Sheet Glass and VitroB
Viracon, see Apogee Enterprises
Vitro SAB de CV 370
Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited 372

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Population by Region 12
3 World Building Construction Expenditures by Region and Sector 14
4 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 18
5 World Motor Vehicle Production by Region 21
6 World Motor Vehicles in Use by Region 23

SECTION III --WORLD FLAT GLASS OVERVIEW

1 World Flat Glass Supply and Demand 28
2 World Float Glass Production Capacity by Region, Year-End 2011 35
3 World Flat Glass Production by Region 38
4 World Flat Glass Net Exports by Region 40
5 World Flat Glass Demand by Region 41

SECTION IV -- DEMAND BY MARKET

1 World Flat Glass Demand by Market 45
2 World Building Construction Markets for Flat Glass 48
3 World Nonresidential Building Construction Market for Flat Glass 53
4 World Residential Building Construction Market for Flat Glass 56
5 World Motor Vehicle Market for Flat Glass 58
6 World OEM Motor Vehicle Market for Flat Glass 61
7 World Automotive Replacement Glass Market 64
8 Other World Markets for Flat Glass 67

SECTION V -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 70
2 North America: Flat Glass Demand by Market 72
3 North America: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year- End 2011 73
4 United States: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 75
5 United States: Flat Glass Demand by Market 77
6 United States: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year- End 2011 80
7 Canada: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 82
8 Canada: Flat Glass Demand by Market 83
9 Mexico: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 86
10 Mexico: Flat Glass Demand by Market 88
11 Mexico: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 89

SECTION VI -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 92
2 Western Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market 95
3 Western Europe: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year- End 2011 97
4 France: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 99
5 France: Flat Glass Demand by Market 100
6 France: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 102
7 Germany: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 104
8 Germany: Flat Glass Demand by Market 106
9 Germany: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 108
10 Italy: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 111
11 Italy: Flat Glass Demand by Market 112
12 Italy: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 114
13 Spain: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 116
14 Spain: Flat Glass Demand by Market 118
15 Spain: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 119
16 United Kingdom: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 121
17 United Kingdom: Flat Glass Demand by Market 122
18 United Kingdom: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 124
19 Other Western Europe: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 126
20 Other Western Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market 127
21 Other Western Europe: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 129

SECTION VII -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 132
2 Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Demand by Market 134
3 Asia/Pacific: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year-End 2011 136
4 Australia: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 138
5 Australia: Flat Glass Demand by Market 140
6 China: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 143
7 China: Flat Glass Demand by Market 145
8 China: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 148
9 India: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 150
10 India: Flat Glass Demand by Market 152
11 India: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 154
12 Indonesia: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 156
13 Indonesia: Flat Glass Demand by Market 158
14 Indonesia: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 159
15 Japan: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 162
16 Japan: Flat Glass Demand by Market 164
17 Japan: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 166
18 South Korea: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 169
19 South Korea: Flat Glass Demand by Market 170
20 South Korea: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year- End 2011 171
21 Thailand: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 174
22 Thailand: Flat Glass Demand by Market 175
23 Thailand: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 176
24 Vietnam: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 178
25 Vietnam: Flat Glass Demand by Market 180
26 Vietnam: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 181
27 Other Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 184
28 Other Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Demand by Market 186
29 Other Asia/Pacific: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 188

SECTION VIII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 191
2 Central and South America: Flat Glass Demand by Market 193
3 Central and South America: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year-End 2011 194
4 Brazil: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 196
5 Brazil: Flat Glass Demand by Market 198
6 Brazil: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 199
7 Other Central and South America: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 201
8 Other Central and South America: Flat Glass Demand by Market 203
9 Other Central and South America: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 205
10 Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 207
11 Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market 209
12 Eastern Europe: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year-End 2011 210
13 Poland: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 212
14 Poland: Flat Glass Demand by Market 213
15 Poland: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 214
16 Russia: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 217
17 Russia: Flat Glass Demand by Market 218
18 Other Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 221
19 Other Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market 223
20 Other Eastern Europe: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 225
21 Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 228
22 Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Demand by Market 230
23 Africa/Mideast: Float Glass Production Capacity by Country, Year-End 2011 231
24 Iran: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 233
25 Iran: Flat Glass Demand by Market 234
26 Iran: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 235
27 Turkey: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 237
28 Turkey: Flat Glass Demand by Market 238
29 Other Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Supply and Demand 241
30 Other Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Demand by Market 243
31 Other Africa/Mideast: Float Glass Production Capacity by Company, Year-End 2011 246

SECTION IX -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Flat Glass Sales by Company, 2011 249
2 World Float Glass Production Capacity by Company*, Year-End 2011 253
3 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 255
4 Selected Cooperative Agreements 265
5 Selected Cooperative Agreements 269

SECTION III --WORLD FLAT GLASS OVERVIEW

1 Flat Glass Industry Flowchart 31

SECTION IX -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Flat Glass Sales by Company, 2011 250

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