Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Flat glass is integral to the construction of buildings and many vehicles, whilst also being 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 UK Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is dominated by three global companies: Pilkington, Guardian Industries and Saint-Gobain Glass. Together, these three companies make approximately 76.8% 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 - Starting a New Business Chapter
The industry has prohibitively high barriers to the entry of new competitors. The industry is currently dominated by three manufacturers, each a leading global player in the flat glass and fabricated glass product industries. Each of the local players has invested substantial levels of capital in large-scale integrated glassworks. These glassworks require continuous investment as technology and manufacturing techniques advance. In addition, the three main companies have moved towards vertically integrating with upstream raw material suppliers, and downstream glass fabricators, creating synergistic efficiency improvements that can ultimately be passed on to customers in the form of lower prices.
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