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Flat Glass Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Flat Glass Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C23.110 | Apr 2016

Clear opportunities: The industry is expected to record consistent growth after some volatility

IBISWorld’s Flat Glass Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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 - Industry Locations Chapter

Of the seven enterprises in the industry, there are three companies operating six float glass plants.

The North West

Pilkington operates three float plants and a small rolled glass plant, all located in Merseyside in the North West of England. St Helens is the home to the original Pilkington operations and where the float glass production method was invented and developed. From its plants in St Helens and the neighbouring Cowley Hill plant, Pilkington can easily supply much of the UK automotive manufacturing market (located near Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool) and can use good transport links to access the national building markets. Many of the downstream glass-fabricating firms are located in the North West.

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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

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