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Flat Glass Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Flat Glass Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C23.110 | May 2017

Not a crack: The industry is expected to continue to grow steadily, despite current-year uncertainty

The Flat Glass Manufacturing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Guardian Industries UK Ltd Guardian Industries UK Ltd market share
Pilkington Group Ltd Pilkington Group Ltd market share
Saint-Gobain Glass UK Ltd Saint-Gobain Glass UK Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Improving demand from the construction and automobile sectors has supported growth
  • The depreciation of the pound will make exports more attractive, though costs are likely to increase
  • Despite rising output, employment growth is expected to be marginal as operators increase efficiency
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Flat glass is integral to the construction of buildings and many vehicles, and is also an important input for some appliances and furnishings. Flat glass manufacturers produce float, rolled, drawn and blown flat glass sheets that are sold to downstream industries for further fabrication or to end users in the building market. The Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is dominated by three global companies: Pilkington, Guardian Industries and Saint-Gobain Glass. Together, these three companies make approximately 72% of the flat glass manufactured in the United Kingdom. The high levels of capital investment needed to enter the market have prevented further competitors from entering the industry... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is considered to be in a mature phase of its life cycle. The performance of the industry is intrinsically tied to the fortunes of the downstream building and automotive industries and local production is dominated by three global players domiciled in Japan, the United States and France. The industry is currently subject to substantial import competition and although export earnings currently outweigh import competition, strategic decisions by the major players could quickly reverse this trend.

The barriers to entering the industry are particularly high and there is little scope for new competitors to shake up the market and stimulate further industry expansion. Bas.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture flat glass. The majority of this is float glass, but some is rolled glass. Small amounts are drawn and blown flat glass. The industry includes the manufacture of wired, coloured and tinted glass.

    Industry Products
    Four-millimetre float glassSix-millimetre float glassOther float glassRolled glassDrawn and blown flat glass
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing float glass Manufacturing rolled glass Manufacturing plate glass Manufacturing silvered glass Manufacturing fire-resistant glass Manufacturing tinted or coloured glass Manufacturing wired glass Manufacturing blown flat glass

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from building project development
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Path to recovery
  • A clear frontrunner
  • Export trends
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Breaking the glass ceiling
  • Competitive advantages
  • Table: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Flat Glass Shaping & Processing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Industrial Equipment Wholesaling
  • Manufacture of Refractory Products
  • Other Non-Ferrous Metal Ore Mining
  • Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
  • Products & Services
  • Four-millimetre float glass
  • Six-millimetre float glass
  • Other float glass
  • Rolled glass
  • Drawn and blown flat glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Flat glass shaping and processing manufacturers
  • Builders and glazing contractors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Utilities
  • Wages
  • Road transport services
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and other operating expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd
    Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd
    Guardian Industries UK Ltd
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Guardian Industries UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • 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
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Pellets of raw glass or pieces of broken recycled glass that are melted to produce usable glass forms.
  • Curtain Wall
  • A wall that covers the outside of a building but performs no structural purpose. It merely separates the inside and outside of the building. Curtain walls are often made of glass.
  • Leader
  • A long rod used when producing drawn glass.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Flat Glass Manufacturing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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