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High Performance Flat Glass

US demand to rise 8.2% annually through 2017
Demand for high performance flat glass products in the US is forecast to rise 8.2 percent per year to $9.2 billion in 2017, equivalent to 910 million square feet. This will represent a substantial improvement from the performance of the market over the 2007-2012 period, when demand in area terms fell. Between 2007 and 2012, the high performance flat glass market suffered from a combination of general economic troubles and poor performance in key markets, particularly new building construction and motor vehicle production. Motor vehicle production fell by nearly half between 2007 and 2009, but by 2012 had nearly recovered to 2007 levels, allowing the vehicular sector of the high performance flat glass market to post above-average growth over the 2007-2012 period. Building construction spending fell every year from 2007 to 2011, with especially severe losses in the new residential sector, resulting in a decline in high performance flat glass demand in architectural markets. Going forward, gains will benefit from a major rebound in building construction spending, continued improvement in motor vehicle production, and increased share for high performance products in the general flat glass market.

Security & safety glass to remain dominant products
Security and safety glass products are the largest segment of the high performance flat glass market, accounting for twothirds of all sales in 2012. Consumption of security and safety glass is forecast to rise 6.5 percent yearly through 2017, trailing the market average due to the relatively moderate growth expected in motor vehicle production. The fastest gains are forecast for laminated hurricane glass, although this will remain a regional product.

Solar control glass to post most rapid market gains
Solar control glass will post the fastest gains through 2017. Consumption of solar control glass products is largely concentrated in architectural markets, and will benefit from rapid increases in new building construction. Low-emissivity glass is the most commonly used solar control product in residential window systems, particularly double-pane insulated glass units (IGUs). Sales of low-e glass will see especially strong gains through 2017, benefiting from both a rebound in new housing construction and heightened market share driven by increased emphasis on energy efficiency. Electrochromic mirrors represent the largest application for solar control glass outside of architectural markets, and account for the bulk of smart glass demand. Smart window glass products, including electrochromic windows, SPD windows, and LCD windows, will make strong gains but will continue to represent a minor share of the total market.

Self-cleaning glass, headsup display products to grow
Demand for other high performance flat glass products will also advance at an accelerated rate through 2017. Heads-up display windshields are the largest individual product type in this category, and will post strong sales growth as these products become more common, although demand will remain largely confined to aircraft and higher-value motor vehicles. Demand for self-cleaning glass will rise especially quickly from a small 2012 base. Sales of other products, including anti-reflective glass, leaded glass, and electronics glass, will increase at a below average rate.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Consumer Spending Overview
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
    • Building Construction Overview
      • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
      • Residential Building
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
        • Table NEW HOUSING INDICATORS
        • Table HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units)
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
      • Nonresidential Building
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
      • Nonresidential Building Improvements & Repairs
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
    • Manufacturing Overview
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
    • Transportation Industry Overview
      • Table TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
    • Motor Vehicle Overview
      • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
    • High-Performance Flat Glass Market Trends
      • Security & Safety Glass
        • Table SECURITY & SAFETY HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS MARKET, 2002-2012
      • Solar Control & Other High-Performance Flat Glass
        • Table SOLAR CONTROL & OTHER HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS MARKET, 2002-2012
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS PRICING ($/sq ft)
    • Regulatory & Environmental Considerations
      • Environmental Regulations
      • Green Building Programs
      • Vehicle Safety Regulations
      • Legal Issues
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
  • FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Flat Glass Industry Flowchart
    • Flat Glass Supply & Demand
      • Table FLAT GLASS SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)
    • Flat Glass Value-Added by Fabrication
      • Table FLAT GLASS DEMAND & VALUE-ADDED BY FABRICATION (million dollars)
    • Fabricated Flat Glass Demand
      • Table FABRICATED FLAT GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Architectural Flat Glass
        • Table ARCHITECTURAL FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million dollars)
      • Motor Vehicle Flat Glass
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE FLAT GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Other Markets for Flat Glass
        • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
    • Flat Glass Technology
      • Raw Materials
      • Basic Flat Glass
      • Finished Flat Glass Products
        • Table FLAT GLASS PRODUCTION PROCESSES
      • Research & Development
      • Competitive Materials
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million dollars)
    • Security & Safety Glass
      • Table SECURITY & SAFETY GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Safety Glass
        • Table SAFETY GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table LAMINATED SAFETY GLASS DEMAND
        • Table TEMPERED SAFETY GLASS DEMAND
      • Ballistic Glass
        • Table BALLISTIC GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Hurricane Glass
        • Table HURRICANE GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Fire-Rated Glass
        • Table FIRE-RATED GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table LAMINATED FIRE GLASS DEMAND
        • Table WIRE REINFORCED FIRE GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Burglary Resistant Glass
        • Table BURGLARY RESISTANT GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
    • Solar Control Glass
      • Table SOLAR CONTROL GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Reflective Glass
        • Table REFLECTIVE GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table SOFT-COAT REFLECTIVE GLASS (million dollars)
        • Table HARD-COAT REFLECTIVE GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Low-Emissivity Glass
        • Table LOW-EMISSIVITY GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table SOFT-COAT LOW-EMISSIVITY GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table HARD-COAT LOW-EMISSIVITY GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Smart Glass
        • Table SMART GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table ELECTROCHROMIC MIRROR DEMAND (million dollars)
        • Table SMART WINDOW GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
    • Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products
      • Table OTHER HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS PRODUCTS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Heads-Up Display Windshields
        • Table HEADS-UP DISPLAY WINDSHIELD GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Ultraclear & Colorless Glass
        • Table ULTRACLEAR & COLORLESS GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Self-Cleaning Glass
        • Table SELF-CLEANING GLASS DEMAND (million dollars)
      • All Other High-Performance Flat Glass Products
        • Table ALL OTHER HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS PRODUCTS DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Vehicular Market
      • Table VEHICULAR MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
        • Table ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE AFTERMARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Aerospace & Aircraft
        • Table AEROSPACE & AIRCRAFT MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT LASS (million dollars)
      • Other Vehicular Market
        • Table OTHER VEHICULAR MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
    • Architectural Market
      • Table ARCHITECTURAL MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Residential Market
        • Table RESIDENTIAL MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
        • Table NEW RESIDENTIAL MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Nonresidential Market
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS (million dollars)
      • Appliances & Furniture
      • Electronics
      • All Other
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLAT GLASS SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Company Profiles
      • American Glass Products Company
      • Apogee Enterprises Incorporated
      • Armor USA Incorporated
      • Asahi Glass Company Limited
      • Berkowitz (JE) LP
      • Cardinal Glass Industries Incorporated
      • Central Glass Company Limited
      • CompuDyne Corporation
      • CRH plc
      • Custom Glass Corporation
      • D'Ieteren NV
      • Dlubak Corporation
      • Gentex Corporation
      • Guardian Industries Corporation
      • Hartung Glass Industries Incorporated
      • Innovative Glass Corporation
      • JLL Partners Incorporated
      • LTI Smart Glass Incorporated
      • Magna International Incorporated
      • Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited
      • O'Bryan Glass Corporation
      • O'Keeffe's Incorporated
      • PPG Industries Incorporated
      • Research Frontiers Incorporated
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Spectrum Glass Company Incorporated
      • Standard Bent Glass Corporation
      • Swift Glass Incorporated
      • Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC
      • Vitro SAB de CV
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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