Broken Outlook: Glass Product Manufacturing in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Over the past five years, the Glass Product Manufacturing industry has declined as both consumers and businesses turn away from the use of domestic glass and toward substitute goods, such as plastics and metals; unfortunately for manufacturers, this trend is not projected to reverse in the next five years. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Glass Product Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Metal and plastic goods have become increasingly popular, negatively affecting industry demand.

Over the past five years, the Glass Product Manufacturing industry has declined as both consumers and businesses turn away from the use of domestic glass. Substitute goods, such as plastics and metals, have become increasingly popular, and faltering construction levels have exacerbated declines in demand as manufacturers of architectural glass experienced plummeting sales. Furthermore, adds IBISWorld industry analyst Jeremy Edwards, “the industry has been exposed to a greater degree of globalization, including increasing import activity and decreasing export demand.” Imports have grown to account for the vast majority of domestic demand. In 2013, 68.3% of domestic demand comes from imports, with the industry's largest trade partners being the United States, China, Mexico and Germany. As a result of these negative trends, industry revenue has declined at an annualized rate of 7.0% over the five years to 2013. Conditions continue to worsen in 2013, with the industry expected to decline a further 4.0% to $1.4 billion by year-end.

The Glass Product Manufacturing industry's decline has caused employment to decrease at an annualized rate of 4.3% to 6,310 in 2013. According to Edwards, “Industry employment is expected to continue falling as the industry remains in the declining stage of its economic life cycle and experiences both declining per capita consumption and a decrease in the number of businesses operating in the industry.”

Over the five years to 2013, the level of market share concentration has increased as companies have exited or consolidated trends indicative of an industry in the decline stage of its economic life cycle. Firms still operating in the market, such as Owens-Illinois Inc., Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and Asahi Glass, continue to strengthen their position in the industry in order to achieve economies of scale and increase profit margins. These trends are expected to continue over the next five years as the industry continues to decline.

The industry is not expected to experience growth over the next five years, with revenue forecast to fall further as international competition intensifies and diminishes industry growth. The use of cheaper substitute goods by downstream customers is also expected to continue to plague industry demand. Additionally, the industry is projected to experience increased levels of consolidation over the next five years as major companies acquire small businesses in an effort to increase dwindling profit margins, increase market share and develop greater economies of scale and distribution networks. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Glass Product Manufacturing in Canada industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry produces a wide range of glass products by melting silica sand or cullet and fabricating purchased glass. The industry comprises four manufacturing segments: flat glass, including laminated glass; pressed or blown glass and glassware; glass containers, including bottles and jars; and products made from purchased glass, which includes lighting, mirrors, architectural glass and electronic glassware.

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US and Canadian industry. 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 Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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