Window of opportunity: Preference for energy-efficient glazing is likely to support growth

Contractors in the Glazing industry install glass and glass products in existing premises and new buildings in the residential, commercial and public-sector markets. Operators also undertake glazing maintenance and repair work. Subsequent to a volatile operating period in the aftermath of the financial crisis, improved economic conditions and policy supported construction activity. Given that industry performance is procyclical, new investment in construction boosted demand for glazing services for most of the period. Over the past five-year period through 2017-18, industry revenue is forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Pessimism among private investors has limited commercial construction opportunities
  • A shortage of skilled glaziers has somewhat constrained industry growth in recent years
  • Housebuilding initiatives should create contract opportunities for regional contractors
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The glazing industry has low barriers to entry. However, barriers to success at the high-end of the curtain wall installation market are exceptionally high. Glazing contractors must hold appropriate qualifications in order to obtain insurance cover for work done. Certification can be obtained through formal three-year apprenticeship training that meets the requirements of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). CITB-recognised qualification includes a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Glazing. To practice glazing, duty holders must have an NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or 3 whereby training is provided either on the job or through day or block release at a local college. These courses represent an initial investment in human capital. New...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Glazing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Glazing Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Glazing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Glazing Industry?

    Operators in the industry are mainly engaged in the installation of glass and glass products such as glass panels and mirrors (i.e. glazing work). Industry activities may involve new work, additions, tinting glass, maintenance and repairs. This industry excludes the installation of unglazed window frames.

    Industry Products
  • General installation services
  • Emergency repair and maintenance services
  • Curtain wall installation services
  • Tinting, laminating and double-glazing services
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Curtain wall installation, maintenance and repair
  • Glass panel and screen installation and repair
  • Shop front glass panel and door installation and repair
  • Leadlight and stained glass installation and repair
  • Glass laminating and tinting
  • Mirror installation
  • Minor glass product fabrication
  • Conservatory replacement services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Capital expenditure on dwellings
  • Real household disposable income
  • Business confidence index

  • Current Performance
  • Residential market
  • Commercial curtains
  • Employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Home comforts
  • Energetic lobbying
  • Labour concerns
  • Table: Glazing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Glazing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Architectural Activities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Carpentry & Joinery Product Manufacturing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Flat Glass Shaping & Processing
  • Metal Door & Window Manufacturing
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • General installation services
  • Curtain wall installation services
  • Emergency repair and maintenance services
  • Tinting, laminating and double-glazing services
  • Other services
  • Chart: Glazing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial office
  • New residential
  • Public non-residential
  • Other commercial
  • Existing residential
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Glazing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesSubcontractor paymentsWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Glazing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Glazing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Permasteelisa (UK) Ltd, Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd,
  • Table: Permasteelisa (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Glazing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Glazing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • To file or shape the square edge on an object, typically a mirror, to create a sloping edge.
  • Building Envelope
  • The physical separator between a building's interior and exterior, consisting of walls, floors, doors, roofs and windows.
  • Curtain Wall
  • A building facade that is designed to resist air and water infiltration and wind forces. It often consists of glass panels and does not carry a dead load from the building other than its own weight.
  • Fenestration
  • The placement of windows and other openings in a building.
  • Upvc
  • Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. A rigid, chemically resistant form of plastic used for making window frames and other structures.
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