US High-Performance Flat Glass Market

  • June 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 302 pages

US demand to rise 8.2% annually through 2017

Demand for high performance flat glass products in the US is forecast to rise 8.2 percent per year to $9.2 billion in 2017, equivalent to 910 million square feet. This will represent a substantial improvement from the performance of the market over the 2007-2012 period, when demand in area terms fell. Between 2007 and 2012, the high performance flat glass market suffered from a combination of general economic troubles and poor performance in key markets, particularly new building construction and motor vehicle production. Motor vehicle production fell by nearly half between 2007 and 2009, but by 2012 had nearly recovered to 2007 levels, allowing the vehicular sector of the high performance flat glass market to post above-average growth over the 2007-2012 period.

Building construction spending fell every year from 2007 to 2011, with especially severe losses in the new residential sector, resulting in a decline in high performance flat glass demand in architectural markets. Going forward, gains will benefit from a major rebound in building construction spending, continued improvement in motor vehicle production, and increased share for high performance products in the general flat glass market.

Security & safety glass to remain dominant products

Security and safety glass products are the largest segment of the high performance flat glass market, accounting for twothirds of all sales in 2012. Consumption of security and safety glass is forecast to rise 6.5 percent yearly through 2017, trailing the market average due to the relatively moderate growth expected in motor vehicle production. The fastest gains are forecast for laminated hurricane glass, although this will remain a regional product.

Solar control glass to post most rapid market gains

Solar control glass will post the fastest gains through 2017. Consumption of solar control glass products is largely concentrated in architectural markets, and will benefit from rapid increases in new building construction. Low-emissivity glass is the most commonly used solar control product in residential window systems, particularly double-pane insulated glass units (IGUs). Sales of low-e glass will see especially strong gains through 2017, benefiting from both a rebound in new housing construction and heightened market share driven by increased emphasis on energy efficiency.

Electrochromic mirrors represent the largest application for solar control glass outside of architectural markets, and account for the bulk of smart glass demand. Smart window glass products, including electrochromic windows, SPD windows, and LCD windows, will make strong gains but will continue to represent a minor share of the total market.

Self-cleaning glass, headsup display products to grow

Demand for other high performance flat glass products will also advance at an accelerated rate through 2017. Heads-up display windshields are the largest individual product type in this category, and will post strong sales growth as these products become more common, although demand will remain largely confined to aircraft and higher-value motor vehicles.

Demand for self-cleaning glass will rise especially quickly from a small 2012 base. Sales of other products, including anti-reflective glass, leaded glass, and electronics glass, will increase at a below average rate.

Study coverage

Details on these and other findings are offered in High Performance Flat Glass, an upcoming Freedonia industry study priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts (2017, 2022) by product and market. The study also considers market environment indicators, details company market share, and profiles competitors in the US industry.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

Macroeconomic Environment 5
Demographic Trends 8
Consumer Spending Overview 12
Building Construction Overview 15
Residential Building 17
Housing Completions 19
Housing Stock 24
Improvements and Repairs 28
Nonresidential Building 29
Nonresidential Building Improvements and Repairs 32
Manufacturing Overview 33
Transportation Industry Overview 37
Motor Vehicle Overview 41
High-Performance Flat Glass Market Trends 44
Security and Safety Glass 45
Solar Control and Other High-Performance Flat Glass 48
Pricing Trends 51
Regulatory and Environmental Considerations 53
Environmental Regulations 54
Green Building Programs 55
ICC Programs 55
LEED 56
ENERGY STAR 58
Other Programs 59
Vehicle Safety Regulations 60
Legal Issues 61
International Activity 62
Foreign Trade 64

III. FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW 66

General 66
Flat Glass Industry Flowchart 66
Flat Glass Supply and Demand 70
Flat Glass Value-Added by Fabrication 72
Fabricated Flat Glass Demand 74
Architectural Flat Glass 77
Motor Vehicle Flat Glass 80
Other Markets for Flat Glass 82
Flat Glass Technology 84
Raw Materials 85
Basic Flat Glass 86
Float Glass 86
Rolled Glass 87
Drawn Glass 87
Finished Flat Glass Products 88
Laminated Glass 90
Tempered Glass 90
Insulating Glass 91
Research and Development 91
Competitive Materials 93

IV. PRODUCTS 96

General 96
Security and Safety Glass 99
Safety Glass 101
Laminated Safety Glass 103
Tempered Safety Glass 106
Ballistic Glass 108
Hurricane Glass 112
Fire-Rated Glass 116
Laminated Fire Glass 120
Wire Reinforced Fire Glass 121
Burglary Resistant Glass 123
Solar Control Glass 125
Reflective Glass 128
Soft-Coat Reflective Glass 131
Hard-Coat Reflective Glass 131
Low-Emissivity Glass 132
Soft-Coat Low-Emissivity Glass 137
Hard-Coat Low-Emissivity Glass 139
Smart Glass 140
Electrochromic Mirrors 144
Smart Window Glass 146
Electrochromic Windows 150
SPD Windows 151
LCD and Other Smart Windows 153
Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products 154
Heads-Up Display Windshields 155
Ultraclear and Colorless Glass 158
Self-Cleaning Glass 160
All Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products 164

V. MARKETS 168

General 168
Vehicular Market 170
Motor Vehicles 172
Original Equipment 176
Automobiles 180
Light Trucks, Vans, and SUVs 181
Medium and Heavy Trucks and Buses 182
Aftermarket 182
Automobiles 184
Light Trucks, Vans, and SUVs 185
Medium and Heavy Trucks and Buses 185
Aerospace and Aircraft 186
Other Vehicular Market 189
Architectural Market 191
Residential Market 194
New Housing 196
Improvement and Repair 199
Nonresidential Market 202
Office and Commercial 204
Institutional 205
Industrial and Other 206
Other Markets 207
Appliances and Furniture 208
Electronics 209
All Other 210

VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 211

General 211
Market Share 214
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures 218
Cooperative Agreements 221
Marketing and Distribution 226
Competitive Strategies 228
Company Profiles 231
AGC Automotive Americas, see Asahi Glass
AGC Glass North America, see Asahi Glass
American Glass Products Company 232
Apogee Enterprises Incorporated 235
Armor USA Incorporated 238
Asahi Glass Company Limited 239
Berkowitz (JE) LP 243
Cardinal Glass Industries Incorporated 245
Carlex Glass America, see Central Glass
Central Glass Company Limited 248
CompuDyne Corporation 250
CRH plc 252
Custom Glass Corporation 255
D’Ieteren NV 257
Dlubak Corporation 259
Gentex Corporation 260
GrayGlass, see O’Bryan Glass
Guardian Industries Corporation 262
Hartung Glass Industries Incorporated 267
Innovative Glass Corporation 268
JLL Partners Incorporated 269
LTI Smart Glass Incorporated 271
Magna International Incorporated 273
Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited 275
Norshield Security Products, see CompuDyne
Northwestern Industries, see Central Glass
O’Bryan Glass Corporation 279
O’Keeffe’s Incorporated 280
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, see CRH
PGT, see JLL Partners
Pilkington North America, see Nippon Sheet Glass
Pittsburgh Glass Works, see PPG Industries
PPG Industries Incorporated 282
Research Frontiers Incorporated 286
Safelite Group, see D’Ieteren
Safety and Fire-Rated Technology, see O’Keeffe’s
SAFTI FIRST, see O’Keeffe’s
SAGE Electrochromics, see Saint-Gobain
Saint-Gobain 289
Spectrum Glass Company Incorporated 293
Standard Bent Glass Corporation 294
Swift Glass Incorporated 295
Tru Vue, see Apogee Enterprises
Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions LLC 296
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, see Saint-Gobain
Viracon, see Apogee Enterprises
Vitro SAB de CV 298
Other Companies Mentioned in Study 300



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 15
4 Building Construction Expenditures 17
5 Residential Building Construction Expenditures 19
6 New Housing Indicators 24
7 Housing Stock by Type 27
8 Residential Improvement and Repair Expenditures 29
9 Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 32
10 Nonresidential Building Improvement and Repair Expenditures 33
11 Manufacturers’ Shipments 37
12 Transportation Equipment Shipments 40
13 Motor Vehicle Indicators 44
14 Security and Safety High-Performance Flat Glass Market,
2002-2012 47
15 Solar Control and Other High-Performance Flat Glass Market,
2002-2012 50
16 High-Performance Flat Glass Pricing 53

SECTION III -- FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

1 Flat Glass Supply and Demand 72
2 Flat Glass Demand and Value-Added by Fabrication 74
3 Fabricated Flat Glass Demand 77
4 Architectural Flat Glass Demand by Market and Application 80
5 Motor Vehicle Flat Glass Demand 82
6 Other Markets for Flat Glass 84
7 Flat Glass Production Processes 89

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 High-Performance Flat Glass Demand by Product 98
2 Security and Safety Glass Demand 101
3 Safety Glass Demand 103
4 Laminated Safety Glass Demand 106
5 Tempered Safety Glass Demand 108
6 Ballistic Glass Demand 112
7 Hurricane Glass Demand 116
8 Fire-Rated Glass Demand 119
9 Laminated Fire Glass Demand 121
10 Wire Reinforced Fire Glass Demand 123
11 Burglary Resistant Glass Demand 125
12 Solar Control Glass Demand 128
13 Reflective Glass Demand 130
14 Soft-Coat Reflective Glass 131
15 Hard-Coat Reflective Glass Demand 132
16 Low-Emissivity Glass Demand 137
17 Soft-Coat Low-Emissivity Glass Demand 139
18 Hard-Coat Low-Emissivity Glass Demand 140
19 Smart Glass Demand 144
20 Electrochromic Mirror Demand 146
21 Smart Window Glass Demand 149
22 Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products Demand 155
23 Heads-Up Display Windshield Glass Demand 158
24 Ultraclear and Colorless Glass Demand 160
25 Self-Cleaning Glass Demand 164
26 All Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products Demand 167

SECTION V -- MARKETS

1 High-Performance Flat Glass Demand by Market 169
2 Vehicular Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 172
3 Motor Vehicle Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 176
4 Original Equipment Motor Vehicle Market for
High-Performance Flat Glass 180
5 Motor Vehicle Aftermarket for High-Performance Flat Glass 184
6 Aerospace and Aircraft Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 189
7 Other Vehicular Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 190
8 Architectural Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 194
9 Residential Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 196
10 New Residential Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 199
11 Residential Improvement and Repair Market for
High-Performance Flat Glass 202
12 Nonresidential Market for High-Performance Flat Glass 204
13 Other Markets for High-Performance Flat Glass 208

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US High-Performance Flat Glass Sales by Company, 2012 214
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 220
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 223



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Year of Construction of Housing Stock, 2012 27
2 Security and Safety High-Performance Flat Glass Market,
2003-2012 48
3 Solar Control and Other High-Performance Flat Glass Market,
2003-2012 51
4 World High-Performance Flat Glass Demand, 2012 64

SECTION III -- FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

1 Flat Glass Industry Flowchart 69

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 High-Performance Flat Glass Demand by Product, 2012 99

SECTION V -- MARKETS

1 High-Performance Flat Glass Demand by Market, 2012 170

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 High-Performance Flat Glass Market Share by Company, 2012 215

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