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Commercial Glazing Market Report - UK 2015-2019 Analysis

  • October 2015
  • 83 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516832


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AMA Research have published the 9th edition of the 'Commercial Glazing Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis'. Incorporating original input and primary research, the report represents and up-to-date and informed review of all sectors within the commercial glazing market.

Key issues covered:

UK commercial glazing market – market size & trends, key market influences, forecasts to 2019.

Analysis by product sector – commerical windows, curtain walling, ground floor treatments and roof glazing - product mix, size, trends and influences by sector.

Market structure - review of supply and distribution structure, breakdown of market sectors with major players and company profiles.

End use application areas - mix by end-use sectors, analysis of key end user markets and identification of growth opportunities.

Key areas of insight include:

Overview of commercial glazing market by installed value.

Product mix review – commercial windows, curtain walling, ground floor treatments, roof glazing – market size, trends and forecasts.

Complex supply structure in commercial glazing market.

Forecasts for 2015 – 2019 and review of market drivers.

Some of the companies included:

Aluk GB, Alumet Systems, Assa Abloy Entrance Systems, AWS Group, Boon Edam UK, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Charles Henshaw & Sons, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, Crittall Windows, Dane Architectural Systems, Dorma UK, Dortech Architectural Systems, Dudley’s Architectural Aluminium (DAA), Duplus Architectural Systems, English Architectural Glazing, Eurocell Profiles UK, Far East Façade UK, Federated Windows and Doors, Felix, Focchi, Geze UK, GIG Facades, Gilgen Door Systems UK, Glidevale, Guardian Industries UK, Hambleside Danelaw, Hansen Group, HW Architectural (HWA), Hydro Building Systems, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Josef Gartner and Co UK, Kawneer UK, Lakesmere, Latium Group, LB Plastics, Lindner Facades, M Price, Mero-Schmidlin (UK), Metal Technology, Metallbau Früh UK, Norking Aluminium, Oskomera Facades UK, Permasteelisa UK, Pilkington Architectural, Pilkington Building Products, Prater, Red Architectural, Reynaers Ltd, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain Solaglas Architectural, Sapa Building Systems, Scheldebouw UK, Schneider GB, Sch'co International, Seele UK, Senior Architectural Systems Plc (SAS), Smart Systems and Smart Architectural Aluminium, Solaglass Contracting, Stoakes Systems, Structal UK, Ubbink (UK), VEKA UK Group, Waagner Biro, Xtralite, Yuanda UK.

Key areas covered in the report include:


Market size by installed value - market development from 2009-2019.

Recent market developments 2010 – 2014 and key influences e.g. construction activity levels, high-rise buildings, regulations, material price trends, design specifications.

Forecasts 2015 – 2019 and key market factors influencing growth prospects – construction activity levels, regulations, material prices etc.


Identification of key end-use markets & estimates of market mix in 2014: education, commercial offices, retail, healthcare, high-rise residential, leisure, transport.

Education – assessment of key areas of demand for commercial glazing i.e. BSF & Primary Capital Programme, trends in funding; identification of major long-term university construction programmes/student accommodation etc etc.

Offices – recent trends in development and assessment of future demand; focus primarily on Central London plus major provincial cities and business park sector.

Retail – assessment of key areas of demand for commercial glazing i.e. High Street shopfront replacement, grocery multiple newbuild, retail warehouses and shopping malls etc.

High-rise residential – analysis of trends towards high-rise accommodation, etc.

Other markets – healthcare, hotels, transport, Defence Estates etc.


Commercial windows – market size, key trends, product mix, materials used, forecasts.

Ground floor treatments – market size, key trends, usage, forecasts.

Curtain walling – including structural glazing - market size, key trends, materials used, project types, forecasts.

Roof glazing – market size, key trends, forecasts.


Analysis of aluminium, PVC-U & steel supply sectors - major suppliers, market positioning etc.

Further consolidation in key sectors of the supply chain: systems companies, UK fabricators/installers and European vertically integrated contractors.

Review of aluminium systems sector with profiles – key players, market shares, market positioning etc.

Review of contracting sector with profiles on key players – market positioning.

Review of major bespoke façade contractors including major projects undertaken and profiles on major operators.

Review of supply sectors for steel windows, manufactured rooflights, structural glazing & automated door systems.

The commercial glazing market saw a modest increase in 2013, and significant growth in 2014 appears to have been sustained and improved upon in 2015 with prospects for growth in the market over the next 4-5 years looking positive. Following a period of decline between 2008 and 2011, the market began to stabilise from 2011 onwards, due to improving conditions in the Central London office construction sector, education and leisure construction sectors. Growth in 2014-2015 has been mainly stimulated by increasing demand in the office construction sector and in H2 2015, there are signs of growing demand for new Grade A office space in London and certain other cities – e.g. Leeds and Birmingham – which is likely to stimulate growth for commercial windows and curtain wall from 2016 onwards.

The education sector is also likely to see growing demand with the introduction of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) in England as the replacement for BSF, which should deliver £2.5bn worth of new schools to complete in 2017. The University Technical Colleges programme is also likely to boost output growth into the medium-term, with similar programmes underway in Scotland and Wales. However, other end use markets are currently less optimistic. In healthcare, the shift from building large hospitals towards primary care facilities has meant less demand for curtain wall, roof glazing and windows. The decline in High Street retailing – as well as in retail parks and out-of town developments - will probably continue, as online shopping continues to penetrate the market. In addition, the grocery multiple sector is experiencing a major cutback in store development programmes.

In terms of product sectors, our estimates indicate that the largest segment by value is commercial windows, followed by Curtain wall and ground floor treatments. Roof glazing accounts for the smallest share at less than 10%. Aluminium is the dominant frame material in the commercial glazing market, but timber, PVCu, steel and composites all have reasonable shares and sector strengths.

Among the systems companies, the market has remained fragmented with no truly dominant suppliers. In the aluminium systems supply sector, there appears to be a decreasing level of market concentration with the 10 largest accounting for ~90% of this market. However, the reduced level of activity in the commercial glazing market in 2012-2013 led to a significant contraction among fabricators and installers with several players ceasing trading. The bespoke façade and roof glazing sector is dominated by European contractors although their sales have been somewhat diminished by contracts ending on major developments. In other product sectors there has been relatively little change other than some smaller companies going out of business.

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