Escalating demand to meet automobile manufacturers' and end-user needs from comfort, safety & security perspective is expected to be the key force driving the global automotive glazing market growth over the forecast period. The automotive industry has witnessed strong growth, and the suppliers are expected to view glazing applications as a means to meet the demand by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), which may further drive the global automotive glazing market growth. The need to comply with several regulations pertaining to automotive industry may also spur the automotive glazing market demand. Products that provide best possible technological solutions with basic functionalities are expected to significantly drive the market over the next few years.
Automotive glazed panoramic roof made up of polycarbonate cuts weight by up to 50 percent compared to glass roofs, resulting in a marked decrease in CO2 emissions, which in turn is expected to drive the automotive glazing market demand. Polycarbonate’s high impact resistance offers several safety benefits, which are further expected to drive the market growth in the near future. Great potential for functional integration coupled with freedom in designing is expected to open new possibilities for automotive glazing market. Thus, usage of high-gloss polycarbonate bezel is anticipated to maximize glass-like surface area of a panoramic roof, which may further positively impact automotive glazing market demand.
Automotive glazing provides superior appearance, high performance, and great value. It incorporates stylish good looks, with protection and comfort. Automotive glazing innovation aims at enhancing safety, security, and consumer comfort. The safety feature enables vehicle to absorb some of energy from the impact. Moreover, after an impact the resulting glass fragments inclined to remain attached to the plastic inter-layer, diminishing the hazards of sharp projectiles during an accident. The automotive glazing market is expected to gain prominence over the next few years owing to the aforementioned benefits.
Further, the performance of side airbags may be improved owing to the fact that windows will tend to remain in their frame, providing necessary support during inflation. This may further spur market demand significantly in the near future. A UV (Ultraviolet) filter glass, if incorporated may block harmful UV rays protecting skin and eyes of the passengers and greatly extending the life of upholstery and fabrics, which may further act as a key factor that is expected to drive market demand extensively. Thus, upholstery preservation, improved comfort, balanced climate, increased privacy, reduced energy demands, enhanced aesthetics, increased safety/security, and reduced hot spots & glare are anticipated to be a few key factors that drive the automotive glazing market demand.
However, complexity and cost associated with automotive glazing may hamper the automotive glazing market demand. Further, if it is unbreakable, it may pose problems to rescue workers to extract occupants after an accident, thus limiting automotive glazing’s widespread application.
Few trends in the automotive glazing market include large windshields, laminated side glazing, panoramic roofs, solar panel roofs, electric vehicle glazing, and tomorrow’s glazing. Further, varied types of automotive glazing such as windscreens, side windows (movable and fixed), rear windows, and panoramic roofs are used in different applications. The demand for panoramic roofs is expected to grow significantly owing to consumer’s vehicle preference for large sunroofs. Europe and North America are expected to exhibit significant market share owing to the demands and technological advancements closely followed by Asia-Pacific.
Key market players include Pilkington, Research Frontiers, American Glass Products, Fuyao Group, Asahi Glass Co Ltd., Central Glass, Guardian Industries Corporation, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., NordGlass, Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, Guardian Industries Corporation, Nippon Sheet Glass Company Ltd., Vitro SAB de Cv, Xinyi Glass Holdings, Antaya Technologies, and Saint-Gobain Sekurit. Key players focus on the development of innovative products and cutting-edge technology in injection molding and coating processes as one of their key strategies.
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