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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 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
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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Demand from residential construction is expected to remain strong in the current year
  • Favourable conditions in the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing industry have stimulated growth
  • Britain’s exit from the European Union could threaten demand
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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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry has moderate barriers to entry. Competitive conditions in each segment of the industry are intense. Existing firms vehemently defend their market share against new entrants on the basis of price, reputation and customer relations. However, the industry is comprised of many small- to medium-sized manufacturers operating in narrow regional or product markets, which means that new entrants have a wide range of markets to survey to decide if they can realistically gain a foothold.

There is a substantial level of technological change in both production processes and product attributes, so new entrants might be well placed to tap into cutting-edge trends, although they would have to raise enough capital to invest in this new technology. Con.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

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

  • Having good working relationships with subcontracting building trade specialists
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing industry impact industry performance... 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

    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 office and shop furniture manufacturing
  • Current Performance
  • Downstream assistance
  • Cracks appear
  • Driving demand
  • Further reflection
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Supporting construction
  • Future barriers
  • Innovative climate
  • Technology trends
  • Table: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Office & Shop Furniture Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Gas Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Lime & Plaster Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Insulated glass units
  • Toughened safety glass
  • Laminated safety
  • Glass mirrors
  • Decorative glass
  • Optical glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Building contractors and developers
  • Glazing, joinery and shopfitting contractors
  • Automotive manufacturers, repairers and wholesalers
  • Building supply wholesalers and general retailers
  • Property managers, social landlords and homeowners
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, utilities, rent and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Shaping & Processing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd
    Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Glassolutions Saint-Gobain Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing 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 Shaping & Processing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A low wall consisting of a row of short posts topped by a long rail.
  • Brownfield
  • Land previously used for commercial uses or industrial purposes.
  • Fenestration
  • The design and placement of windows in a building.
  • Float Glass Production
  • A way of making high-quality sheet glass by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal (usually tin).
  • Laminated Glass
  • Glass made by sandwiching plastic layers between two or more sheets of glass and binding them together by heating them in a pressurised autoclave.
  • Toughened Glass
  • Glass that has undergone a special thermal or chemical process to make it particularly resistant to breakages.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • 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
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