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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 | Apr 2016

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

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.

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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

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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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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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