Under the microscope: Growth has slowed to a marginal level in the current year

Industry operators shape, bend, etch, bond and otherwise process flat glass. The finished product is used in building construction and automotive and furniture manufacturing. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 0.5% over the five years through 2017-18. Government assistance has supported downstream construction markets over this period, and subsequently aided industry performance. The Help to Buy scheme has been of particular importance, as it encouraged investment in residential building construction. Additionally, concern regarding the environment and upcoming changes to energy efficiency requirements are expected to have boosted demand for flat glass products that offer better insulation...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Construction markets are expected to weaken through the current year, curtailing growth
  • Investment in vehicle manufacturing hasfallen significantly sincethe EU referendum
  • Innovation is expected to be key, with fire protection and insulation properties being particularly important
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Flat Glass Shaping and Processing industry has a low concentration of ownership relative to other glass manufacturing industries. The largest four companies are expected to generate an estimated 21.7% of total industry revenue in the current year. The industry comprises many small-scale plants supplying processed glass products to specialist markets, such as the optical or automotive markets, or narrow geographic markets.The fragmented structure of the industry is evident from the distribution of firms by employment size. The majority of firms are of very small; 59.6% of enterprises employ fewer than 10 people and only 5.6% employ 100 people or more...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry are

  • Having good working relationships with subcontracting building trade specialists
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry?

    Firms in this industry specialise in processing flat glass. This involves shaping, etching, bending and bonding. The industry produces higher value products used predominantly for architectural and automotive glazing, or in decorative furnishing.

    Industry Products
  • Insulated glass units
  • Toughened safety glass
  • Laminated safety
  • Glass mirrors
  • Decorative glass
  • Optical glass
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing laminated glass
  • Manufacturing toughened or tempered glass
  • Manufacturing insulated glass units
  • Manufacturing automotive glass
  • Manufacturing glass mirrors
  • Manufacturing optical glass
  • Manufacturing non-toughened decorative glass that has been screen printed, sandblasted or acid etched
  • 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
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from office and shop furniture manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Reinforced demand
  • Chipped away
  • Further reflection
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Supporting construction
  • Unclear future
  • Innovative climate
  • Technology trends
  • Table: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Office & Shop Furniture Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Gas Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Lime & Plaster Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Insulated glass units
  • Toughened safety glass
  • Laminated safety
  • Glass mirrors
  • Decorative glass
  • Optical glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Building contractors and developers
  • Glazing, joinery and shopfitting contractors
  • Automotive manufacturers, repairers and wholesalers
  • Building supply wholesalers and general retailers
  • Property managers, social landlords and homeowners
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation, utilities, rent and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Shaping & Processing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd,
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing 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 Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A low wall consisting of a row of short posts topped by a long rail.
  • Brownfield
  • Land previously used for commercial uses or industrial purposes.
  • Fenestration
  • The design and placement of windows in a building.
  • Float Glass Production
  • A way of making high-quality sheet glass by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal (usually tin).
  • Laminated Glass
  • Glass made by sandwiching plastic layers between two or more sheets of glass and binding them together by heating them in a pressurised autoclave.
  • Toughened Glass
  • Glass that has undergone a special thermal or chemical process to make it particularly resistant to breakages.
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