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World Flat Glass

Global flat glass demand to increase 6.3% annually through 2016
World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 6.3 percent per year through 2016 to 8.3 billion square meters. Maintaining the trend seen over the 2001-2011 period, demand will easily outpace real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) gains in the global economy. Gains in the dominant construction sector will be stimulated by an acceleration in building construction spending. The global market value of fabricated flat glass is forecast to exceed $100 billion in 2016.

Asia/Pacific region to remain largest & fastest growing market
The Asia/Pacific region, which accounted for 55 percent of global flat glass demand (on a square meter basis) in 2011, will continue to post the fastest gains through 2016. Gains in the region’s dominant national market of China will slow in comparison to the pace of the 2006-2011 period, but remain well above the world average. The Japanese market will exhibit a significant improvement based on recovering domestic building construction and motor vehicle sectors.

US demand for flat glass will recover strongly based on a healthy expansion in the country’s battered building construction sector. Building construction spending in the US in 2011 was just a little over one-half of levels seen in 2006. Despite seeing positive economic growth in 2010 and 2011 after a major recession, the US building construction sector witnessed further declines in both those years. Some recovery has been seen in 2012, suggesting that the worst may be over.

The West European market for flat glass will see the weakest gains among all regions through 2016. A slow growing population combined with a stagnant motor vehicle industry will limit gains in glass demand. A number of float glass plants in the region closed in 2012, suggesting that major glassmakers are shifting focus elsewhere.

Energy efficient products to boost flat glass demand
Fabricated flat glass demand will benefit from rapid growth in sales of energy efficient products such as solar control, insulation and low-e glass. The solar energy market, which was hurt by recent global economic weaknesses, will take off briskly once again. It should be noted, however, that demand for flat glass used in solar energy applications totaled just 100 million square meters in 2012, so this is a niche market.


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World Demand for Flat Glass to Reach 9.2 Billion Square Meters in 2016

World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 7.1 percent per year through 2016 to 9.2 billion square meters. In a continuation of the trend seen overall the last couple of decades, demand will easily outpace real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) gains in the global economy. Gains in the dominant building construction market will be driven by a significant acceleration in building construction activity. The global market value of fabricated flat glass is forecast to reach $90 billion in 2016. These and other trends are presented in World Flat Glass, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

The Asia/Pacific region, which accounted for 60 percent of global flat glass demand (on a square meter basis) in 2011, will continue to post the fastest gains through 2016. Gains in China, the region’s dominant national market, will slow in comparison to the pace of the 2006-2011 period, but remain well above the world average. Demand in Japan will improve significantly, based on recovering domestic building construction and motor vehicle markets.

The US market for flat glass will recover strongly based on a healthy rebound in the country’s building construction sector. Despite positive economic growth in 2010 and 2011 after a major recession, US building construction witnessed further declines in both those years. However, some recovery occurred in 2012, and it appears that the worst is over. Demand for flat glass in Western Europe will experience modest gains. A slow growing population combined with a stagnant motor vehicle industry will limit growth. A number of float glass plants in the region closed in 2012, suggesting that major glassmakers are shifting focus elsewhere.

Fabricated flat glass demand will benefit from rapid growth in sales of energy efficient products such as solar control, insulation, and low-E glass. The solar energy market, which was hurt by recent global economic weaknesses, will take off briskly once again. It should be noted, however, that demand for flat glass used in solar energy applications totaled just around 120 million square meters in 2011, so this is a niche market.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Global Macroeconomic Environment
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2010 dollars)
    • World Demographic Outlook
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)
    • World Building Construction Expenditures
      • Table WORLD BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION & SECTOR (billion 2010 dollars)
      • Residential Building
      • Nonresidential Building
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION (billion 2010 dollars)
    • World Motor Vehicle Outlook
      • Motor Vehicle Production Trends
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY REGION (000 units)
      • Motor Vehicles in Use
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLES IN USE BY REGION (million units)
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
  • WORLD FLAT GLASS OVERVIEW
    • General
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Industry Flowchart
    • Float Glass Production Capacity by Year
      • Table WORLD FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY REGION, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Float Glass Utilization & Capacity Expansion Activity
    • Flat Glass Production by Region
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS PRODUCTION BY REGION (000 metric tons)
    • Global Trade Flows in Flat Glass
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS NET EXPORTS BY REGION (million square meters)
    • Flat Glass Demand by Region
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY REGION (million square meters)
  • DEMAND BY MARKET
    • General
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Building Construction Markets
      • Table WORLD BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Product Developments
      • Nonresidential Construction
        • Table WORLD NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Residential Construction
        • Table WORLD RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
    • Motor Vehicle Market
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • OEM Motor Vehicle Market
        • Table WORLD OEM MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Automotive Replacement Market
        • Table WORLD AUTOMOTIVE REPLACEMENT GLASS MARKET
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER WORLD MARKETS FOR FLAT GLASS
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • North America: Flat Glass Demand by Market
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
    • North America: Suppliers & Capacity
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • United States
      • Table UNITED STATES: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United States: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table UNITED STATES: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • United States: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table UNITED STATES: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Canada
      • Table CANADA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table CANADA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Canada: Suppliers & Capacity
    • Mexico
      • Table MEXICO: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Mexico: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table MEXICO: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Mexico: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table MEXICO: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Western Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Western Europe: Suppliers & Capacity
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • France
      • Table FRANCE: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • France: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table FRANCE: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • France: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table FRANCE: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Germany
      • Table GERMANY: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Germany: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table GERMANY: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Germany: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table GERMANY: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Italy
      • Table ITALY: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Italy: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table ITALY: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Italy: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table ITALY: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Spain
      • Table SPAIN: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Spain: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table SPAIN: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Spain: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table SPAIN: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • United Kingdom
      • Table UNITED KINGDOM: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United Kingdom: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • United Kingdom: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Other Western Europe
      • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Western Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Western Europe: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Demand by Market
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Asia/Pacific: Suppliers & Capacity
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Australia
      • Table AUSTRALIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Australia: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table AUSTRALIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Australia: Suppliers & Capacity
    • China
      • Table CHINA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • China: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table CHINA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • China: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table CHINA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • India
      • Table INDIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table INDIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • India: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table INDIA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Indonesia
      • Table INDONESIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Indonesia: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table INDONESIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Indonesia: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table INDONESIA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Japan
      • Table JAPAN: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Japan: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table JAPAN: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Japan: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table JAPAN: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • South Korea
      • Table SOUTH KOREA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • South Korea: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • South Korea: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Thailand
      • Table THAILAND: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Thailand: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table THAILAND: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Thailand: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table THAILAND: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Vietnam
      • Table VIETNAM: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Vietnam: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table VIETNAM: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Vietnam: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table VIETNAM: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: General
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Central & South America: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Central & South America: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table BRAZIL: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: General
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Eastern Europe: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table POLAND: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table RUSSIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Africa/Mideast: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COUNTRY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Iran
        • Table IRAN: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table IRAN: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table IRAN: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Suppliers & Market Share
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)
    • World Float Glass Capacity by Company
      • Table WORLD FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY*, YEAR-END 2011 (metric tons per day)
    • Acquisitions, Divestitures, & Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Distribution
    • Marketing Trends & Production Technology
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Apogee Enterprises Incorporated
      • Asahi Glass Company Limited
      • Cardinal Glass Industries Incorporated
      • Central Glass Company Limited
      • China Glass Holdings Limited
      • China Luoyang Float Glass Group Company Limited
      • Corning Incorporated
      • CRH plc
      • CSG Holding Company Limited
      • Euroglas GmbH
      • Farun Group Company Limited
      • FLABEG Holding GmbH
      • Fuyao Group Glass Industry Company Limited
      • Ghazvin Glass Company
      • Guangdong Fu Rui Industrial Development Company Limited
      • Guardian Industries Corporation
      • Gurind Group
      • HanGlas Corporation
      • Interpane Glas Industrie AG
      • Jinjing Group Company Limited
      • Kaveh Glass Industry Group
      • KCC Corporation
      • Lamiver Incorporated
      • Magna International Incorporated
      • Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited
      • PG Group
      • PPG Industries Incorporated
      • PT Mulia Industrindo Tbk
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Sangalli Group
      • SCHOTT AG
      • Taiwan Glass Industry Corporation
      • Triveni Glass Limited
      • Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikalari AŞ
      • Viglacera Corporation
      • Vitro SAB de CV
      • Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited

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