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Flat Glass Shaping & Processing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Market Research Report | SIC C23.120 | Mar 2017

Reflecting growth: High overseas demand for UK-produced motor vehicles boosts revenue

IBISWorld’s Flat Glass Shaping & Processing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd market share
Pilkington Group Ltd Pilkington Group Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Industry operators shape, bend, etch, bond and otherwise process flat glass. The finished product is used in building construction and automotive and furniture manufacturing. Volatile conditions in the commercial and residential construction markets dampened demand for industry firms during the first year of the five-year period through 2016-17, owing to sustained uncertainty following the downturn. Similarly, demand from vehicle and furniture manufacturers remained low. In the years after, generally rising confidence brought much needed relief to flat glass processors, with the residential and commercial construction markets both rebounding strongly. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2% over the five years through 2016-17... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Insulated glass units

By far the product in the industry is insulated glass units. Unit sales account for approximately 48.2% of industry revenue, up from less than 30% in the mid-1990s. Insulating glass consists of two or more panes enclosing a space that is typically filled with an inert gas, like argon, to enhance its heat retention properties. Insulated glass units are often installed to reduce thermal loss in buildings. They help lower energy consumption and may improve transparency by reducing the formation of condensation. In 2002, the British government increased the minimum requirements for energy efficiency and these regulations have been steadily tightened to meet EU environmental guidelines. Par.. purchase to read more


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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 unitsToughened safety glassLaminated safetyGlass mirrorsDecorative glassOptical glass
Industry Activities
Manufacturing laminated glassManufacturing toughened or tempered glassManufacturing insulated glass unitsManufacturing automotive glassManufacturing glass mirrorsManufacturing optical glass Manufacturing non-toughened decorative glass that has been screen printed, sandblasted or acid etched

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