Flat Glass Manufacturing in The UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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The Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is expected to return to consistent growth over the five years through 2018-19 as the UK economy undergoes a tentative recovery, and conditions in key downstream construction and automobile industries improve. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry.

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Revenue growth will return as downstream markets recover

Flat glass is integral to the construction of most buildings and transport vehicles, and is an important component for some appliances and furnishings. The Flat Glass Manufacturing industry produces float, rolled, drawn and blown flat glass sheets that are sold to downstream industries for further fabrication or to end users in the building market.

The wide variety of uses for glass has made it an important input in many other industries. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Christopher Edwards, “the two most significant downstream industries for flat glass manufacturers are construction and automobile manufacturing and as both of these industries are highly cyclical, flat glass manufacturers have not performed particularly well over the five years through 2013-14”. Over the period, revenue is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of just 1.1%. In the current year, it is projected to fall by 4.8% to £316 million. This has been the result of construction and automobile manufacturing activity declining after the onset of recession in 2008-09. Both markets have largely stagnated since, except when construction briefly rebounded in 2009-10.
The domestic industry is dominated by three global players in the glass products industry: Pilkington, Saint-Gobain Glass and Guardian Industries. Together, these three companies make over 95% of the flat glass manufactured in the United Kingdom. The high levels of capital investment needed to enter the market prevent further competitors from entering the industry.

Edwards adds, “the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is expected to return to consistent growth over the five years through 2018-19 as the UK economy undergoes a tentative recovery, and conditions in the construction and automobile industries improve”. Although revenue is projected to contract marginally in 2014-15, the industry is expected to recover in line with the economy in general thereafter, assuming no further exogenous macroeconomic shocks.

For more information on the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry, including latest industry trends, statistics, analysis and market share information, purchase the full report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Firms in this industry manufacture flat glass. The majority of this is float glass, but some is rolled glass. Small amounts are drawn and blown flat glass. The industry includes the manufacture of wired, coloured and tinted glass.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalisation & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on many UK industries. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in London, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.co.uk or call 0-203-008-6568.

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