Fire Resistant Glass Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Fire Resistant Glass Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Wired, Ceramic, Tempered, Gel Filled), By Application (Construction, Marine), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2016 - 2024

  • Published Date: Sep, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-112-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2013 - 2014
  • Number of Pages: 95

Industry Insights

The global fire resistant glass market size was valued at USD 3.0 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to witness significant growth in the forecast period. Rising emphasis on improving the fire safety standards of the commercial as well as residential infrastructure is expected to have a positive impact on the industry growth.

Fire resistant glass products are used as fire and smoke barrier on account of their blocking capabilities of the conductive and radiant heat transfer. They are capable of providing fire rating of 20 to 180 minutes. Moreover, they offer better impact performance, acoustic performance, and thermal performance.

U.S. fire resistant glass market

Rising instances of fire mishaps over the past decade is one of the key factors increasing demand for the product. This, in turn, has led to increased spending by the regional governments globally to improve the fire safety of buildings including residential and commercial.

Governments of emerging economies including China, India, and Middle East countries have increased expenditure on infrastructure development to cater to growing urban population, which is expected to create opportunities for foreign investments. Hence, high investment in the overall infrastructural development is anticipated to increase the demand for these products over the forecast period.

Significant demand in the automotive sector in Asia Pacific is projected to increase the usage of the product in automotive safety over the forecast period. Most of the manufacturers are focusing on delivering fuel-efficient vehicles and improving the safety standards. As a result, the glass manufacturers have been witnessing considerable demand for the product.

Application Insights

Construction was the largest application segment, accounting for 68.0% share of the global volume in 2015. Rising construction activities globally, coupled with growing urbanization in emerging economies including Africa, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Middle East countries, are expected to boost the fire resistant glass industry growth.

Demand in the construction industry was 9.1 million square meters in 2015 and is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. Growing emphasis by the regional governments in the mature economies of North America and Europe to obtain compliance certificate related adherence to fire safety norms of the buildings and infrastructure is expected to fuel the industry growth over the forecast period.

Marine is anticipated to be the fastest growing application segment with a volume-based CAGR of 10.1% over the forecast period. The growth is attributed to rising use of fire resistant glass in ships and yachts to prevent the sinking of vessel containers in the event of fire break out.

Product Insights

Ceramic was the largest product segment in 2015, accounting for a volume share of 39.6%. Growing use of ceramic glass in the form of insulated glass units (IGU) owing to its superior fire resistance from 20 minutes to 3 hours, along with the ability to withstand thermal shock, is likely to drive the demand over the forecast period. In addition, the sound insulation properties of the ceramic products boosts its demand, which is likely to have a positive influence on the fire resistant glass market growth.

Global fire resistant glass market

The tempered product segment held a significant share of 33.9% in terms of revenue in 2015. The segment growth is attributed to its clarity, affordable price range, and ready availability as compared to various other counterparts including gel filled and ceramic glass. Growing application scope of the product in preventing the spread of fire, smoke, and radiant heat in exit access corridors and stairwells is expected to propel the market growth over forecast period. Furthermore, growing trend of installing fire doors in the buildings in combination with passive fire products is expected to drive the demand over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest regional market, accounting for 33.5% of the global volume in 2015. Strong presence of fire safety regulations and building safety standards due to growing emphasis by the regional government to minimize the asset loss and maximize human safety are expected to result in increased usage of the product in the region over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa are anticipated to expand at a volume-based CAGR of 7.8% and 11.1%, respectively. Rising demand for these glasses in MEA in the upscale residential and commercial infrastructure development is likely to drive the demand over the forecast period.

Europe held the second largest volume share in 2015.Robust manufacturing base of automobile, increasing investments in new product development, and capacity expansions are expected to drive the market over the forecast period. For instance, expansion of operations by Ford in Spain is likely to augment product demand in the region. In February 2015, the company announced its plan to complete the final part of investment worth USD 2.6 billion in Valencia plant, which will lead to a production increase of 40.0%, reaching plant’s annual capacity to 450 thousand vehicles.

Fire Resistant Glass Market Share Insights

Majority of manufacturers have penetrated the market through annual supply contracts with buyers. Key operating companies in the market include Saint-Gobain, NSG Pilkington, Schott AG, Pyroguard UK Ltd., and Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. In February 2015, SCHOTT AG announced the production of specialty glass, ROBAX, which is based on flat glass. Similarly, in 2016, SAFTI FIRST launched its series of SuperLite II-XLB, the fire resistive glass product with the largest clear view area for 60 to 120 minute applications with hose stream.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2013 - 2014

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million, Volume in Million Square Meters, and CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, India, and Brazil

Report coverage      

Revenue and volume forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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