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World Flat Glass Industry

Energy efficient products to boost flat glass demand

Fabricated flat glass demand will benefit from rapid growth in sales of energy efficient products such as solar control, insulation and low-e glass. The solar energy market, which was hurt by recent global economic weaknesses, will take off briskly once again. It should be noted, however, that demand for flat glass used in solar energy applications totaled just 100 million square meters in 2012, so this is a niche market.

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This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Flat Glass, is priced at $6400. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts (2016, 2021) by market (e.g., nonresidential building construction, residential building construction, motor vehicle, other markets), world region and for 21 countries. The study also assesses market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles global industry competitors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4

Global Macroeconomic Environment 4

Recent Historical Trends 5

World Economic Outlook 6

World Demographic Outlook 10

World Building Construction Expenditures 12

Residential Building 14

Nonresidential Building 16

World Manufacturing Outlook 17

World Motor Vehicle Outlook 18

Motor Vehicle Production Trends 19

Motor Vehicles in Use 21

Environmental & Regulatory Considerations 23

III. WORLD FLAT GLASS OVERVIEW 27

General 27

Industry Flowchart 28

Float Glass Production Capacity by Year 32

Float Glass Utilization & Capacity Expansion Activity 35

Proposed Expansion Activity (2013-2014) 36

Flat Glass Production by Region 37

Global Trade Flows in Flat Glass 39

Flat Glass Demand by Region 40

IV. DEMAND BY MARKET 43

General 43

Building Construction Markets 46

Product Developments 48

Nonresidential Construction 51

Residential Construction 53

Motor Vehicle Market 56

OEM Motor Vehicle Market 58

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