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World Flat Glass

World demand to rise 8.6% annually through 2018

Global demand for flat glass is forecast to advance 8.6 percent per annum to 11.5 billion square meters in 2018, valued at $112 billion. The pace of gains will accelerate relative to the 2008-2013 period, with the largest improvements expected in developed countries in Europe and North America. In particular, rebounds in building construction activity in many countries in these regions will support rising demand for flat glass in architectural applications. However, the fastest gains are expected in developing countries, and China is expected to continue to be the world’s fastest growing market for flat glass through 2018.

Architectural market to remain top source of demand
The architectural market will remain the largest source of demand for flat glass, comprising 43 percent of the total in 2018. However, the fastest growth will be seen in other markets, driven by rising manufacture of higher value products like electronic displays. Demand for flat glass in the solar energy market is forecast to be particularly rapid as many countries increase investment in renewable energy. Solar energy applications accounted for 130 million square meters of flat glass consumption in 2013, a figure which is expected to more than double by 2018. Demand for flat glass in the motor vehicle market will advance at a more moderate rate, as many of the investments in new motor vehicle production in recent years were accompanied by the closure of facilities in developed countries, especially in Europe.

Dominant Asia/Pacific region to also be fastest growing market
The Asia/Pacific region holds by far the largest regional market for flat glass, accounting for 54 percent of worldwide demand in value terms in 2013. The region is expected to also post the fastest gains through 2018, benefiting from the presence of five of the six fastest growing national markets for flat glass worldwide in China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Within the Asia/Pacific region, China is the dominant flat glass consumer, representing 64 percent of the regional total. Japan, which holds the second largest national market for flat glass in the Asia/Pacific region, will continue to lag the regional performance, but will at least manage to return to positive growth in demand for flat glass.

Developing regions to outpace demand in North America & Western Europe
North America and Europe will continue to trail the global average in flat glass demand through 2018, although recovery from the recessionary conditions seen over the 2008-2013 period will lead to stronger performances going forward. Eastern Europe will outpace Western Europe, largely due to a major expected uptick in motor vehicle production. Gains in demand for flat glass in North America and Europe will be constrained by the shifting dynamics of global production, as producers of a wide variety of glassconsuming products are expected to site more operations in developing regions. Consequently, increased manufacturing output and investment in commercial facilities will allow Central and South America and the Africa/Mideast region to outpace North America and Europe in demand for flat glass through 2018. Production of flat glass will continue to be dominated by China, which currently produces roughly half of the world’s flat glass. At the end of 2013 there were 432 float lines active worldwide, of which 243 were located in China.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
    • World Population Overview
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION
    • World Building Construction Outlook
      • Table WORLD BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION & SECTOR
      • Residential Building
      • Nonresidential Building
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Motor Vehicle Outlook
      • World Motor Vehicle Production
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY REGION
      • World Motor Vehicles in Use
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLES IN USE BY REGION
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Industry Flowchart
      • Table CHART III-1 FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY FLOWCHART
    • Float Glass Production Capacity
      • Table WORLD FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY REGION, YEAR-END 2013
    • Float Glass Utilization & Capacity Expansion Activity
    • Flat Glass Production by Region
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS PRODUCTION BY REGION
    • Flat Glass Net Exports by Region
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS NET EXPORTS BY REGION
    • Flat Glass Demand by Region
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY REGION
  • DEMAND BY MARKET
    • General
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Architectural Market
      • Table WORLD ARCHITECTURAL MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Product Developments
      • Nonresidential Construction
        • Table WORLD NONRESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Residential Construction
        • Table WORLD RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
    • Motor Vehicle Market
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • OEM Motor Vehicle Market
        • Table WORLD OEM MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Motor Vehicle Aftermarket
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE AFTERMARKET FOR FLAT GLASS
    • Other Markets
      • Table WORLD OTHER MARKETS FOR FLAT GLASS
      • Solar Energy
        • Table CHART IV-1 WORLD DEMAND FOR FLAT GLASS IN SOLAR ENERGY, 2008-2018
        • Table CHART IV-2 AVERAGE COST OF SOLAR MODULES, 2004-2014
      • Consumer Products & All Other
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
    • North America: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
      • 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 2013
    • United States
      • United States: General
      • United States: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Canada
      • Canada: General
      • Canada: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • Table CANADA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table CANADA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: General
      • Mexico: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
    • Western Europe: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
      • 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 2013
    • France
      • France: General
      • France: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Germany
      • Germany: General
      • Germany: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Italy
      • Italy: General
      • Italy: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Spain
      • Spain: General
      • Spain: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: General
      • United Kingdom: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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: LOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: General
      • Other Western Europe: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
    • Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
      • 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 2013
    • Australia
      • Australia: General
      • Australia: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • Table AUSTRALIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Australia: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table AUSTRALIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Australia: Suppliers & Capacity
    • China
      • China: General
      • China: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • India
      • India: General
      • India: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • Table INDIA: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Flat Glass Demand by Market
        • Table INDIA: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
      • India: Suppliers & Capacity
        • Table INDIA: LOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
    • Indonesia
      • Indonesia: General
      • Indonesia: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Japan
      • Japan: General
      • Japan: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: General
      • South Korea: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Thailand
      • Thailand: General
      • Thailand: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Vietnam
      • Vietnam: General
      • Vietnam: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: General
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: General
      • Central & South America: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table BRAZIL: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
      • 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 2013
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: General
      • Eastern Europe: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table POLAND: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
      • 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 2013
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
      • Africa/Mideast: Flat Glass Supply & Demand
        • 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 2013
      • Iran
        • Table IRAN: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table IRAN: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table IRAN: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table TURKEY: FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, YEAR-END 2013
      • 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 2013
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Structure & Market Share
      • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
      • Table CHART IX-1 WORLD FLAT GLASS MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • World Float Glass Capacity by Company
      • Table WORLD FLOAT GLASS PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY*, YEAR-END 2013
    • Acquisitions, Divestitures, &Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Distribution
    • Marketing Trends & Production Technology
    • Competitive 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
      • Fuyao Glass Industry Group Company Limited
      • Ghazvin Glass Company
      • Guangdong Fu Rui Industrial Development Company Limited
      • Guardian Industries Corporation
      • Gurind India Private Limited
      • HanGlas Corporation
      • Hebei Yingxin Glass Group Company Limited
      • Interpane Glas Industrie AG
      • Jiangsu Farun Group Company Limited
      • Jinjing Group Company Limited
      • Kaveh Glass Industry Group
      • KCC Corporation
      • Magna International Incorporated
      • Multiver Ltée
      • Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited
      • PG Group Proprietary Limited
      • PPG Industries Incorporated
      • PT Mulia Industrindo Tbk
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Sangalli Group
      • SCHOTT AG
      • Taiwan Glass Industry Corporation
      • Türkiye ªiºe ve Cam Fabrikalari Aª
      • Viglacera Corporation
      • Vitro SAB de CV
      • Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited
      • Zhuzhou Kibing Group Company Limited

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