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Recovery of Light Vehicle Sales is Driving the Market
The market for plastics in automotive glazing is growing, and with the automotive industry rebounding strongly, thermoplastic suppliers are looking into glazing applications as a means to meet the demand by automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The market is concentrated, with only 6 companies taking in excess of 96% of the market. The overall goal in automotive glazing innovation is to enhance safety, security, and comfort for the consumer. These are the focus points for all manufacturers in the sector. This research offers a market overview, Mega Trends, external challenges, forecasts, and a competitive analysis. The market regions covered include North America and Western Europe, and the base year is 2013.
-The overall goal in automotive glazing innovation is to enhance safety, security, and comfort for the consumer. These are the focus points for all manufacturers in the sector.
-In 2013, the automotive plastics market generated a revenue of $ million, and is forecast to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of % between 2013 and 2018.
-The polyvinyl butyral (PVB) segment dominated the market with % in terms of revenues, whereas the polycarbonate (PC) had an approximate % share.
-The automotive glazing plastics market is forecast to reach $ million in 2018. Unit shipments are expected to reach million kilograms (kg), at a CAGR of %.
-The automotive glazing plastics market for these two products is highly competitive and consolidated. In 2013, the top participants in both PC and PVB product segments held an approximate % share of the market.
-With the recovery of the automotive production sector, both the PVB and PC sectors are expected to grow strongly over the forecast period.
-Both PVB and PC glazing products are penetrating non-windscreen glazing applications in direct competition with each other and with tempered glass, the dominant material used in this area.
-The PC sector is dependent on coating capacities to facilitate penetration of the glazing sector, due to the stringent regulations for these applications.
Market Overview and Definitions—Automotive Glazing
Types of Automotive Glazing
-Windscreens – These are the most stringently regulated glazing application, with a requirement for laminated glass in most countries.
-Side windows – Various materials can be used for this applicatio,n due to less stringent regulations compared to windshields. Side windows are further split into movable and fixed.
-Movable – Glazing material must be scratch/abrasion resistant. Tempered glass currently dominates this sector; however, the superior safety benefits of laminated glass make it a potential threat. In addition, coated PC* products are entering this market.
-Fixed – Largely limited to areas where high visibility is less crucial such as rear quarter windows, fixed tempered glass and PC have an advantage over laminated glass.
-Rear Windows – These typically require additional functionality such as a heating/defrosting element and also tend to have wipers. As such, the dominant glazing material is laminated glass.
-Panoramic roofs – Consumers increasingly prefer vehicles with large sunroofs. Due to their large size, this emerging market is pitting laminated glass against PC which is seen to have greater design freedoms.
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