Global Flat Glass Strategic Business Report 2017 – Xinyi Solar Leads the Market

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Flat Glass in Thousand Metric Tons by the following Product and End-Use Segments:

Product Segments

End-Use Segments

  • Construction (Residential, & Commercial)
  • Automotive (OE Glazing, & Automotive Glass Replacement)
  • Others

The report profiles 94 companies including many key and niche players such as:

  • Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • AGC Glass Company North America (USA)
  • AGC Glass
  • Europe (Belgium)
  • Asahi India Glass Ltd. (India)
  • PT Asahimas Flat Glass Tbk (Indonesia)
  • Compagnie De Saint-Gobain (France)
  • Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd (India)
  • Saint-Gobain SEFPRO (France)
  • Central Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Carlex Glass America, LLC (USA)
  • Guardian Industries (USA)
  • Gujarat Guardian Limited (India)
  • Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Trakya Cam Sanayii A.S. (Turkey)
  • Taiwan Glass Group (Taiwan)
  • Viridian Glass (Australia)
  • Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited (China)

Key Topics Covered: 

Flat Glass Market: A Prelude
Growth Drivers for Flat Glass Industry: On a Scale 1 (10 High Impact; 1 Low Impact)
Growth Dampeners for Flat Glass Industry: On a Scale 1 (10 High Impact; 1 Low Impact)
Rising Demand from End-use Application Segments Propel Flat Glass Market
Flat Glass Products
Laminated and Tempered Glass Markets Hold Promise
Developing Regions Continue to Power Flat Glass Demand, Saturation Hits Developed Markets
China: A Major Influencing Market
Production Scenario
Float Glass, Rolled Glass and Sheet Glass (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Float: The Predominant Flat Glass Manufacturing Technique
Rolled Glass: A Small Market
Corning Develops Thin Rolled Glass Stored Using Spools
Fabricated Flat Glass: Driving Force in the Flat Glass Market

Intense Competition Characterizes Flat Glass Market
Automotive Glass
A Highly Concentrated Market
Architectural Glass Market
Solar Glass
Xinyi Solar Leads the Market

Construction Industry: The Largest End-Use Market for Flat Glass
Construction Sector Activity Influences Market Growth
Increasing Usage of Glass in Building Construction
Rising Demand for Energy Efficient Windows
Energy-Saving Glass in Windows to Deliver Favorable Economic Returns
Window Trends for Flat Glass Customers
Consumers Recognize Energy Saving Properties of Low-E Glass
Glass Use in Automotive Industry: Value-Added Features Find Favor
Breakdown of Production Figures in Thousand Units by Geographic Region (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Automotive Industry Dynamics Affects Flat Glass Demand
Glazing Used for Styling and Differentiation of Automobiles
Demand for Solar Control and Advanced Flat Glass in OEM Automotive Market
Flat Glass in Solar Power Generation: Opportunity in Store
Frameless Panels: A Game Changing Technology to Drive Flat Glass Demand
Potential for Rolled Glass Makers in Solar PV Market
Tempered Low Iron Glass: Threat to Rolled Glass Usage in Solar PV Units?
Value-Added Products to Drive Flat Glass Market
Innovative Frequency-Selective Solar Glazing Material
Coated Flat Glass Market
An Insight
Regulations Drive Demand for Fire-Resistant Glass
Smart Automotive Glass Market
A Review
A glance at some types of smart automotive glass and their benefits
Are They a Threat?
High Capital Investments
A Major Entry Barrier
Energy & Raw Material: Major Cost Components
Rapid Urbanization Worldwide: A Key Growth Driver
Rising Population & Middle Class Segment Bodes Well for Market Growth

An Introduction to Glass
Primary Glass Types and Applications
Glass Composition by Type
Raw Materials
A Brief Study
Flat Glass: A Definition
Float Glass
Manufacturing Stages of Float Glass
A Glance at the Float Glass Value Chain
Economics of Float Glass Production
Types of Float Glass
Sheet Glass
Rolled Glass
Rolled Glass Vs Float Glass
Types of Rolled Glass
Patterned Glass
Wired Glass
Types of Flat Glass Products
High Strength Glass
Heat-Strengthened Glass
Toughened or Tempered Glass
Laminated Glass
Key Applications
Reflective Glass
Deposition Techniques
Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass
Smart Glass
Insulating Glass (IG) Units
Specialty Glass
Art Glass
Plate Glass
Wired Glass
Self-Cleaning Glass

Construction: A Major End-Use Market
Building Products Market
Automotive Sector
OEM Applications
Automotive Glass Replacement (AGR)
Types of Automotive Glazing
Solar Control Glazing
Laminated Sideglazings
Integrated Antennas
Design Requirements
Toughened and Laminated Glazing Parameters
A Comparison
Product Parameters for Toughened and Laminated Glazings
Laminated Windshields
Process Parameters
Toughened Glazing
Process Parameters
Features for Future
Specialty Applications

Stringent Production Standards in the US
Maximum Allowable Contaminant Levels in Float Cullet
Automotive Regulations
Safety Glazing Legislations
BS Codes
Building Regulations

Fives Introduces New Float Glass Line
AGC Unveils LUXCLEAR Protect Anti-corrosion Glass
AGC Unveils Energy Select 20 High-Performance Low-E Coating

Guardian to Invest in Float & Coated Glass Plant
Saint-Gobain to Construct New Flat Glass Production Line
AGC to Divest TQMP Glass Company
Saint-Gobain to Inaugurate New Flat Glass Production Facility
Asahimas to Construct Flat Glass Plant in CIKAMPEK
Vitro Takes Over Pittsburgh Glass Works
Bangkok Glass Forays into Flat Glass Market
Saint-Gobain Takes Over Pietta Glass Working
Sisecam Takes Over Sangalli
AGC to Build New Float Glass Production Facility in Brazil
Fuyao Glass to Establish New Float Glass Unit
Vitro Takes Over Flat Glass Operations
Saint-Gobain to Invest in Flat Glass Production Facility



Total Companies Profiled: 94 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 137)

  • The United States (10)
  • Japan (5)
  • Europe (55)
    • France (7)
    • Germany (12)
    • The United Kingdom (6)
    • Italy (5)
    • Spain (2)
    • Rest of Europe (23)
  • Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (53)
  • Middle East (9)
  • Latin America (3)
  • Africa (2)

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About the Author: Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper is Canadian Business Tribune''s senior editor. He is also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and a bestselling author. He lives in London Ontario and covers the intersection of money, politics and finance. He appears periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) The National Post, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s,, Vice and He also has served as a journalist and consultant on documentaries for CBC and Global News . In 2014, he was the winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers' investigative journalism award, and the winner of the Izzy Award for Journalism from Ithaca College's Park Center for Independent Media. He was also a finalist for UCLA's Gerald R. Loeb Award and Syracuse University's Mirror Award. Before becoming a journalist in 2006, Sirota worked in Washington for, among others, U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Minority Staff and the Center for American Progress.