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  • Published In : Jul 2024
  • Code : CMI7103
  • Pages :132
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

Global glass manufacturing market is estimated to be valued at USD 123.57 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 175.04 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% from 2024 to 2031.

Glass Manufacturing Market Key Factors

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Global glass manufacturing market has been witnessing significant growth due to rising demand for specialty glass from end-use industries like construction and automotive. Advancements in manufacturing technologies have allowed glass producers to offer high-performance products made of tempered glass and laminated glass. Moreover, increasing spending on construction activities across commercial and residential sectors in developing nations boosts sales of various glass types. The market players are also focusing on expanding their production capacities and developing sustainable products to capitalize on new revenue streams.

Rising Demand for Architectural Glass Applications

The construction industry has been witnessing significant growth over the past few years due to rapid urbanization and industrialization activities across major developing economies. Glass is increasingly used in modern architecture and building construction projects due to its aesthetic appeal, durability, and ability to allow natural light. There has been a rising focus on designing energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings with large glass façades and windows to reduce electricity consumption from artificial lighting and provide occupants with access to natural light. This raises the need for advanced glass products that improve insulation and optimize the use of daylight. Furthermore, glass is the material of choice for skyscrapers and high-rise buildings due to its high strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to corrosion. Rapid growth in commercial construction in urban areas along with mega infrastructure projects boosts demand for specialized glass such as reinforced, laminated, and insulated glass units. Architects and designers are also incorporating decorative and patterned glass finishes to add visual appeal to the interiors and exteriors of buildings. Governments across countries have implemented green building codes and energy efficiency mandates, which is positively influencing the uptake of high-performance architectural glass.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Glass Manufacturing Market Key Factors

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Growth of the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has been  witnessing growth due to strong economic growth, rising disposable incomes, and increasing vehicle ownership rates across emerging nations. Automakers are focusing on enhancements in safety, driver-assistance, connectivity, and aesthetics to cater to the evolving needs and preferences of customers. Glass plays a vital role in meeting specifications related to structural rigidity, crash resistance, and emissions control in modern vehicles. Laminated, tempered, and toughened automotive glass processes sophisticated coatings and treatments to block infrared rays and provide protection against scratches, cracks, stone-chips, and accidents. Manufacturers are integrating more glass surfaces in car bodies to reduce weight and enhance aerodynamics in order to improve fuel efficiency and meet stringent emissions standards. Furthermore, advancements in auto electronics and infotainment systems have boosted demand for specialized glasses like heads-up displays, panoramic sunroofs, and rear sky windows in premium vehicles. Rising middle-class population with increasing disposable incomes in emerging economies is expanding the automotive consumer base, and this will boost glass consumption in the automotive industry. For instance, according to the data published by IBEF in 2024, the Indian passenger car market was valued at US$ 32.70 Bn in 2021, and it is expected to reach a value of US$ 54.84 Bn by 2027 while exhibiting CAGR of over 9% between 2022-2027.

Key Takeaways from Analyst:

Global glass manufacturing market growth is driven by rising demand from the construction and automotive industries. Growing real estate sector across developing economies boosts demand for architectural glass. Rising vehicle production and changing automobile designs emphasizing aesthetics can boost automotive glass consumption.

Strong competition from local players could limit pricing flexibility for multinational glass companies. High power consumption and stringent emission norms also raise input and compliance costs. Subdued infrastructure spending in Europe and volatility in the automotive sector due to changing emission regulations can hamper the market growth.

Asia Pacific region, led by China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries, is likely to witness the fastest market growth due to massive investments in building construction and growing demand for automobile from these developing economies.

Market Challenges: Presence of substitute materials

The presence of substitute materials is significantly restraining the growth of the global glass manufacturing market. Substitute materials such as plastics, metals, and other fiber-based composites have been capturing market share from glass over the past few years. These substitute materials offer various advantages over glass such as lightweight, flexibility, shatter-resistance, and lower costs of production.  Substitute plastics in particular have emerged as a major threat to the glass market. Lightweight and versatile plastics can be easily molded into various complex shapes and are increasingly replacing glass in various end-use industries such as automotive, construction and consumer goods packaging. Plastics provide better insulation and impact resistance compared to glass at considerably lower costs. This makes plastics an attractive proposition for manufacturers looking to reduce production expenses. Various plastic variants like polycarbonate sheet, acrylic sheet, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are widely replacing traditional glass in applications like automotive glazing, greenhouses, machine guards and windows & building facade panels.

Market Opportunities: Innovation of new products

Innovation of new products provide great opportunities in the global glass manufacturing market. With growing concerns around sustainability, companies are innovating glass packaging products made from recycled glass which requires less energy to produce. Major brands have launched glass bottles containing 50% recycled glass helping reduce carbon footprint. Properties of glass like durability and ability to preserve taste and quality of content for longer duration is driving demand for innovative packaging solutions especially in food and beverage industry.

Glass Manufacturing Market By Product Type

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Insights, By Product Type: Widespread usage in the packaging industry

In terms product type, container glass segment is estimated to contribute the highest market share of 45.6% in 2024,  due to huge demand from the packaging industry. Glass is a highly preferred material for packaging food and beverages, owing to its inert and impermeable properties that help preserve contents for longer period of time. Container glass packaging maintains freshness without allowing interaction between the container and contents. This  prevent microbial contamination and keeps food safe for consumption.

Glass is reusable and 100% recyclable, allowing infinite recycling without loss of quality. This sustainability aspect boosts adoption of glass containers across industries. Manufacturers prefer glass as the packaging material as it provides premium branding opportunities through sophisticated design work. End users also favor glass products due to the associated prestige factor. Rigid container glass is effective for packing carbonated drinks as it prevents carbon dioxide leakage that could occur through plastic at high pressures.

Rising consumption of packaged food and beverages can boost demand for glass containers.

Insights, By Application: Heightened demand across multiple industries

By application, packaging segment is estimated to contribute the highest market share of 33.3% in 2024, owing to extensive usage of glass in varied end-use industries. Glass packaging of numerous products enhances their shelf appeal and brand identity. The aesthetically pleasing glass containers and jars are favoured for premium products across food, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Glass is a sustainable and 100% recyclable material, and is recommended for food contact applications. It does not leach harmful chemicals into contents like other substitutes. The inorganic inert nature of glass ensures long shelf-life for packed products without compromising on safety and quality.

Demand for glass packaging is further accelerated by the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Growth in consumable food and beverage boosts usage of packaging. Glass bottles and jars are a staple in packaging consumer staples. Rising on-the-go consumption culture boosts smaller glass variants for portability.

Regional Insights

Glass Manufacturing Market Regional Insights

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North America maintains a dominant position in the global glass manufacturing market, commanding an estimated 38.6% market share in 2024. This leadership can be attributed to several key factors. Firstly, the United States boasts a strong industrial base, with many leading glass manufacturers headquartered in the region. This established presence has allowed North American companies to consistently deliver high-quality glass products at affordable prices, meeting the consistent demand from various industries.

This steady demand has, in turn, attracted significant investments and the establishment of new production facilities in the region over the years. Additionally, the competitive business environment in North America has pushed glass manufacturers to prioritize innovation. These companies regularly introduce new glass types to cater to the evolving application needs across sectors such as construction, automotive, and consumer goods.

North American glass brands are also widely recognized for their reliability and the technical support they provide to customers. Stringent health and safety standards during the manufacturing process further enhance customer confidence in the products made in this region.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for glass manufacturing. Rapid industrialization and strong infrastructure growth in countries like China, India, and Vietnam have boosted demand for glass. Their large and youthful populations also represent burgeoning consumer markets for finished glassware and other end-use applications. Rising standards of living across Asia Pacific coincide with preferences shifting toward glass home appliances, consumer electronics, and other prestigious glass products. The thriving construction sectors particularly in China and India continuously absorb huge amounts of flat glass for windows, facades, furniture, and other building components. Growing vehicle manufacturing capabilities and ownership in key Asian nations boosts consumption of automotive glass. Expanding GDPs, urbanization, and connectivity are sustaining Asia Pacific's climb up the global glass value chain.

Market Report Scope

Glass Manufacturing Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 123.57 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 5.1% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 175.04 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Flat Glass, Container Glass, Fiber Glass, Others
  • By Application: Packaging, Construction, Transportation, Electrical & Electronics, Others 
Companies covered:

AGC Inc., Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd., Guardian Industries, American Insulated Glass, Saint-Gobain, O-I Glass Inc., AGI glaspac, Nihon Yamaura Glass Co., Ltd., Vitro, 3B- the fiberglass company, Gardner Glass Products Inc., Woodland Windows & Doors,, Manko Window Systems, Insulite Glass CO., Lawrence Glass and Mirror, JIT Companies, Northwestern Glass Fab, Viracon , St. Cloud Window

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Demand for Architectural Glass Applications
  • Growth of the Automotive Industry 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Presence of substitute materials
  • Stringent environmental regulations

Key Developments

  • In April 2024, Saint-Gobain’sacquires Canada-based Bailey Group
  • In 2023, Saint-Gobain Glass, a leading global glass manufacturer, launched the production of India's first low carbon glass. This groundbreaking development marks a significant milestone in the company's commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.
  • In 2023, Asahi India Glass launched its new campaign for AIS Windows
  • In 2023, the NSG Group, a leading global glass manufacturer, is set to be equipped with new online coating capabilities. This upgrade is a significant development that will have far-reaching implications for the company's operations and its role in the solar panel industry.

*Definition: Glass manufacturing market consists of companies that produce glass through the melting of raw materials such as sand, soda ash, limestone and cullet in high-temperature furnaces. Major products made through this process include flat glass for windows, glass containers for food and beverage packaging, glass wool insulation, fiberglass, laboratory glassware, television screens and other specialty glass items. The glass manufacturing industry aims to produce high-quality glass through innovative manufacturing processes while minimizing energy usage and emissions for a more eco-friendly and sustainable business operation.

Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Flat Glass
    • Container Glass
    • Fiber Glass
    • Others
  •  Application  Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Packaging
    • Construction
    • Transportation
    • Electrical & Electronics
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • AGC Inc.
    • Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd.
    • Guardian Industries
    • American Insulated Glass
    • Saint-Gobain
    • O-I Glass Inc.
    • AGI glaspac
    • Nihon Yamaura Glass Co., Ltd.
    • Vitro
    • 3B- the fiberglass company
    • Gardner Glass Products Inc.
    • Woodland Windows & Doors
    • Manko Window Systems
    • Insulite Glass CO.
    • Lawrence Glass and Mirror
    • JIT Companies
    • Northwestern Glass Fab
    • Viracon
    • St. Cloud Window

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global glass manufacturing market is projected to be 5.1% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising demand for architectural glass applications and growth of the automotive industry are the major factors driving the growth of global glass manufacturing market.

Presence of substitute materials and stringent environmental regulations are the major factors hampering the growth of global glass manufacturing market.

In terms of product type, container glass segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

AGC Inc., Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd., Guardian Industries, American Insulated Glass, Saint-Gobain, O-I Glass Inc., AGI glaspac, Nihon Yamaura Glass Co., Ltd., Vitro, 3B- the fiberglass company, Gardner Glass Products Inc., Woodland Windows & Doors,, Manko Window Systems, Insulite Glass CO., Lawrence Glass and Mirror, JIT Companies, Northwestern Glass Fab, Viracon , St. Cloud Window are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global glass manufacturing market.

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