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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.

Executive Summary

-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.

Table Of Contents

Analysis of the Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market in Western Europe and North America
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Executive Summary
Executive Summary—Market Engineering Measurements
Executive Summary—CEO's Perspective

2. MARKET OVERVIEW

Market Overview
Market Definitions
Market Overview and Definitions—Automotive Glazing
Market Overview—Key Questions This Study Will Answer
Market Overview—Segmentation
Market Overview—Distribution Channels

3. MEGA TRENDS AND INDUSTRY CONVERGENCE IMPLICATIONS

Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
Mega Trend Impact on Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market

4. EXTERNAL CHALLENGES: DRIVERS AND RESTRAINTS—TOTAL PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING MARKET

External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints—Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market
Drivers and Restraints
Drivers Explained
Restraints Explained

5. FORECASTS AND TRENDS—TOTAL PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING MARKET

Forecasts and Trends—Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market
Market Engineering Measurements
Forecast Assumptions
Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market—Volume and Revenue Forecast
Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market—Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
Revenue Forecast by Region
Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market—SWOT Analysis

6. MARKET SHARE AND COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS—TOTAL PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING MARKET

Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Total Plastics in Automotive Glazing Market
Competitive Analysis—Market Share
Competitive Environment

7. CEO'S 360 DEGREE PERSPECTIVEON THE PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING INDUSTRY

CEO's 360 Degree Perspectiveon the Plastics in Automotive Glazing Industry
CEO's 360 Degree Perspective

8. PVB SEGMENT BREAKDOWN

PVB Segment Breakdown
PVB—Segment Overview and Introduction
PVB Segment Breakdown
PVB—Segment Overview and Introduction
PVB Segment—Market Engineering Measurements
PVB Segment—Value Chain Analysis
PVB Segment—Volume and Revenue Forecast
PVB Segment—Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
PVB Segment—Pricing Trends and Forecast
PVB Segment—Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion

9. PC SEGMENT BREAKDOWN

PC Segment Breakdown
PC Segment—Overview and Introduction
PC Segment Breakdown
PC Segment Breakdown Discussion
PC Segment—Market Engineering Measurements
PC Segment—Value Chain Analysis
PC Segment—Volume and Revenue Forecast
PC Segment—Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
PC Segment—Pricing Trends and Forecast

10. NORTH AMERICA BREAKDOWN

North America Breakdown
PC Segment—Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
North America Breakdown
North America Market—Volume and Revenue Forecast
North America—Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
North America Market—Revenue Forecast by Vertical Market
North America Vertical Market—Revenue Forecast by Product Segment Discussion
North America Market Share
North America Market Share Evolution—PVB Segment
North America Market Share Evolution—PC Segment
North America Market Share Analysis
North America Competitive Environment
North America Top Competitors

11. WESTERN EUROPE BREAKDOWN

Western Europe Breakdown
Western Europe Market—Volume and Revenue Forecast
Western Europe—Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
Western Europe Market—Revenue Forecast by Vertical Market
Western Europe Market—Revenue Forecast by Vertical Market Discussion
Western Europe Market Share
Western Europe Market Share Evolution—PVB Segment
Western Europe Market Share Evolution—PC Segment
Western Europe Market Share Analysis
Western Europe Competitive Environment
Western Europe Top Competitors

12. THE LAST WORD

The Last Word
The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
Legal Disclaimer

13. APPENDIX

Appendix
Market Engineering Methodology
Additional Sources of Information on Lightweighting Strategies and Glazing Systems
Partial List of Companies Interviewed
Learn More—Next Steps
Table of Acronyms Used

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