Tinted glass has gained increased attention from the building and automotive industry over the past few years, with improvements in technology not only enabling enhancements in aesthetics to end products but also improving on factors such as light and temperature control.
From building and automobile windows to glass furnishings, tinted glass is projected to gain significantly from changes in consumer preferences.
Future Market Insights has published a new report on tinted glass market. According to the study, the market will grow at 6.6% CAGR, surpassing a valuation of US$ 34 billion by the end of 2030, with commercial building applications holding on to a large market share.
The market for tinted glass has risen strongly in the past few years with increasing interest being given towards safety of users and materials that could be damaged from sunlight. Further, the demand for passenger vehicles, supported by urbanization is positively affect market growth.
Commercial Building Applications Boost Growth
The construction sector is a major contributor to the tinted glass industry, with extensive application in interior and architectural applications including railings, windows, shop fronts, doors, balustrades, and interior partitions.
The introduction of body-tinted glass is fairly new with melted colorant additives, which has rapidly gained traction owing to capabilities to absorb solar radiation, thereby conserving energy while being aesthetically pleasing. Also, improvements in glass toughening processes are expected to benefit the market, with strong demand arising from Asian countries in particular.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has induced sluggishness in infrastructure development, the long-term prospects remain positive.
Smart Glass Adoption to Influence Market
With improvements in technology associated to light transmission and appearance, tinted smart glass variants are finding roles in architecture and automotive settings.
Changes in modern architecture, and addition of glass products such as sunroofs in automobiles are contributing to demand.
Strict rules set up by the governments around the world in terms of energy saving technology such as switchable glass, and essential properties of heat rejection, acoustic insulation, and control over light transmission, coupled with IoT and smart home technologies will bolster demand in the long term.
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Ceramic and Metalized Tints Gain Attention
In the tinted laminate glass market, variants with metalized films are gaining popularity for high efficacy in terms of UV resistance. These glass products, which make use of thin coats of reflective metals allow for high levels of customization, in terms of glare reduction and colors for automotive applications.
Films for ceramic tints are finding a lot of interest, despite being a fairly new offering in the market. With roles integrated with electronics, these tinted glass products reduce solar heat transmission without impairing visibility.
Tinted glass has become commonplace especially in construction and automotive sectors, and is expected to gain further traction in the years to come with the incorporation of smart technologies.
However, the industry continues to face growing challenges in terms of costs and legislation that could hamper growth in times to come.
Volatility in the prices and supplies of raw materials is a major challenge for manufacturers, a problem which is further compounded by the growing costs of power, and strict regulations associated with materials used in building and automotive production.
Also, laws in certain countries restricting the use of tinted glass especially for automobiles will limit the scope of growth in years to come.
East Asia Tinted glass Market
Led by China, East Asia is estimated to remain the largest and fastest growing market for tinted glass through the end of 2030.
East Asia is projected to account for more than 50% of the global market share by the end of the assessment period. The market is driven by high levels of consumption from Japan and China.
Also, many manufacturers from around the world are moving their base of manufacturing operations to leverage the benefits of low labor costs for higher profits.
The rapid pace of urbanization and industrialization in the region, coupled with increased investments towards the incorporation of energy-efficient, smart technology is expected to create a favorable atmosphere for growth of the tinted glass market in East Asia.
The large population of China, and the resultant demand for buildings, and furnishings, coupled with the massive presence of the automotive production industry in the region will remain a key market driver for the foreseeable future.
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Europe Tinted glass Market
The European market for tinted glass lags far behind that of East Asia, it is the second largest regional market for the industry.
Major investments into housing construction is expected to drive the market. Germany is a key market, supported by low interest rates in real estate, and major investments coming in from the government and the European Union.
According to the report on tinted glass market research, the market is also driven by increased spending on public infrastructure, in addition to collaborative investments by public and private bodies.
Also, Europe is home to a major automotive market, with high levels of vehicle sales, creating lucrative opportunities for tinted glass.
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North America Tinted glass Market
The North American tinted glass market size is projected to reach a valuation of US$ 4.9 billion by the end of the projection period in 2030. The market is witnessing steady growth on the back of demand for tinted glass in the furniture and craft sector, and from investments in building renovation projects.
Moreover, the market is likely to gain significant impetus from the automotive industry, driven by strong demand for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and the relaxed regulations on light transmission, coupled with consumer interest in sustainable tinting alternatives including bio-polymers, which will aid in driving market demand for the foreseeable future.
Preference for Grey Tinted glass
Tinted glass can be categorized on the basis of color into 4 key types – green, bronze, blue and grey. Of these options, grey tinted glass products are most popular, with major demand arising from applications in the commercial construction sector.
Further, blue variants are likely to reflect a CAGR of more than 7%, driven by strong, but niche demand in furnishings, in addition to conventional construction applications, which will drive growth in the long term.
Higher Demand for Single Glazed Tinted glass
Tinted glass products are can also be classified in terms of design into single glazed and double-glazed variants.
The demand for single glazed tinted glass is projected to remain substantially higher accounting for over 70% of the market share throughout the forecast period.
While double glazed tinted glass provides higher efficacy in terms of temperature and light transmission control, the significantly higher costs of double-glazed tinted glass is expected to restrain sales in comparison to that of single glazed options.
6mm Tinted glass Sales Drive Revenue
Tinted glass is manufactured in 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6 mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12 mm variants. The demand and sales of 6mm tinted glass is expected to relatively higher, contributing to more than 35% of tinted glass market share.
Strong demand in the construction and furnishings industries, owing to cost and functionality benefits are likely to drive demand for the foreseeable future. 8- and 10-mm options are also likely to reflect strong growth, particularly in automotive applications.
Building Sector Applications Key to Growth
Tinted glass largely finds use in the building, automotive, and furniture and crafts sectors. The building sector remains the primary user of tinted glass, with commercial buildings accounting for the lions share of sales.
The growth is driven by the rising popularity of glass facades for building designs, especially for premium housing and for buildings owned by multinational and capital rich companies, aiding the rise of the market for the foreseeable future. In addition to buildings, demand in automotive industry also remains a key revenue driver. Tinted glass manufacturers are also reliant on the overall growth of the automotive glass market.
The key market players in the fragmented tinted glass market have been largely focusing their resources towards product launch strategies to widen their portfolios and to bolster geographical penetration.
Also, strategic partnerships and collaborations are also gaining importance among market players in an effort towards consolidating market positions.
Kinestral Technologies Inc. has unveiled its new offering of Halio smart tinting glass, which is aimed towards roles in automation systems in commercial and residential settings including, modern versions of smart home designs, with major improvements to control over penetration of natural light.
The company is also in collaboration with AGC Inc. to launch joint venture companies Halio International and Halio North America, as sales and service businesses for smart tinted glass in the construction industry.
Sphinx Glass has unveiled their new tint range, under the brand ISOLITE, which the company claims have improved on control over sunlight penetration, with radiation absorption capabilities, and protection against undesirable ultraviolet rays. The products under the brand are also available in 5 colors options with differing shades of gray, blue, and bronze.
AGC Inc. has unveiled its PureVision tinted glass brand, which is developed with low-iron content. Also, these products are enhanced with the company’s low-emissivity coatings, which are expected to provide superior performance in terms of thermal gain management, allowing more light, while minimizing solar heat.
Aside from these manufacturers, other leading market participants in the industry include:
- Saint Gobain
- Pilkington – Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd.
- GUARDIAN GLASS LLC
- Heliotrope technologies
- Pleotint LLC
- Sisecam Group
- Emirates Float Glass LLC
- Qingdao REXI Industries Co. Ltd.
- Taiwan Glass Group
- EUROGLAS Group
- Arabian United Float Glass Company
- Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Group Co. Ltd.
- Qindao Kangdeli Industrial and Trading Co. Ltd.
- Qingdao Vatti Glass Co. Ltd.
- Xinyi Glass Holding Ltd.
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Tinted glass Market Industry Report: Scope
Historical Data Available for
US$ Million for value, Tons for Volume
Key Regions Covered
North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia & Pacific, East Asia, and Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Key Countries Covered
US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN, Oceania, GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa
Key Segments Covered
Color, Thickness, Application, Design, and Region
Key Companies Profiled
AGC Inc., Saint Gobain, Pilkingoton – Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., Guardian Glass LLC, Kinestral Technologies Inc., Heliotrope Technologies, Sphinx Glass, Pleotint LLC, Sisecam Group, Emirates Float Glass LLC, Qingdao REXI Industries Co. Ltd., Taiwan Glass Group, EUROGLAS Group, Starglass, Arabian United Float Glass Company, Shanghai Yao Pilkington Glass Group Co. Ltd., Qingdao Kangdeli Industrial and Trading Co. Ltd., Qingdao Vatti Glass Co. Ltd., Xinyi Glass Holding Ltd., Vitro (only indicative list)
Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives
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Key Questions Answered by the Report
- What is the tinted glass market size?
The global tinted glass market reached a valuation of US$ 18.5 billion in 2019. The estimated growth rate for the tinted glass market will be a healthy 6.6% CAGR between 2020 and 2030.
- Which is the largest market for tinted glass?
East Asia is projected to be the largest market for tinted glass throughout the forecast period, owing to a substantially higher population and the resulting demand for tinted glass in automotive and construction activities.
- Who are tinted glass manufacturers?
AGC Inc., Saint Gobain, Pilkington -Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., Guardian Glass LLC, Kinestral Technologies Inc., Heliotrope Technologies, Sphinx Glass, Pleotint LLC, Sisecam Group, Emirates Float Glass LLC, Taiwan Glass Group, and Qindao REXI Industries Co. Ltd., are among the leading market players.
- What are the applications of tinted glass?
Tinted glass products are largely used in building and construction activities in residential and commercial settings, in addition to major roles in the automotive glass sector, and niche applications in furniture.
- In what thicknesses are tinted glass products available?
Companies usually manufacture tinted glass products in 7 thickness variants – 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8 mm, 10mm, and 12mm. The demand for 6mm tinted glass is expected to remain relatively stronger over other alternatives.
- What is tinted glass market outlook?
The global tinted glass market is largely fragmented, with the major presence of mid- and small-size manufacturers, and strategic collaborations gaining importance in the industry.
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- Furniture & Crafts
- Single Glazed
- Double Glazed
- North America (US, Canada)
- Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of LATAM)
- Europe (Germany, UK, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
- South Asia & Pacific (India, ASEAN, Oceania, Rest of South Asia & Pacific)
- East Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea)
- Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa, and Rest of MEA)