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China has the largest manufacturing base for solar modules in the world. In 2012, the solar glass production capacity in China accounted for 90% of the global solar glass production capacity. As of June 30, 2013, there were 58 solar glass manufacturers in China of which 38 produced ultra-clear photovoltaic raw glass. Xinyi Solar (XYS) is a leading global solar glass manufacturer in China and currently operates 4 ultra-clear PV raw glass production lines with an aggregate daily production capacity of 2,000 tons.

Geographical Coverage: Global and China

Company Coverage: Xinyi Solar, Asahi Glass Co., NSG Group and Saint Gobain

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Solar or photovoltaic glass is generally used to cover the front sheet of solar modules to protect the solar cells. It minimizes light reflection and absorption, thereby allowing more sunlight to pass through the protective glass to the solar cells. The demand for solar glass has grown at a remarkable pace over the past few years. Factors driving this demand include recovery in global economies and Government subsidies provided to encourage solar power generation. Although the percentage share of solar glass out of total flat glass produced globally is very minimal, its share is estimated to increase driven by rising solar panel installations.

The Report entitled "Global Solar Glass Market: Trends & Opportunities (2014-2019)" provides an insight into the market dynamics and various trends and challenges associated with the solar glass market. The report gives a detailed insight into volume demand of solar glass over the past five years. A separate section on the Chinese solar glass market has been provided that discusses production capacity and market players. Major drivers and challenges are also covered in detail in the report.

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Factors like steady demand growth of photovoltaic modules especially in emerging markets like China, Japan and India, growing environmental concerns and rising feed-in-tariffs will drive the solar glass market in future. Initially the industry was dominated by leading glass manufacturers like Asahi Glass, Saint-Gobain, and PPG but at present many new players have entered the market that solely produces solar glass.

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Figure 1: Glass Industry Segments
Figure 2: Float Process for Flat Glass Manufacturing
Figure 3: Global Flat Glass Demand, 2007-2013 (Million Tonnes)
Figure 4: Global Flat Glass Demand by Variety, 2013E
Figure 5: Total Cost Breakdown of Flat Glass, 2013
Figure 6: Raw Materials Breakdown of Flat Glass, 2013
Figure 7: Global Flat Glass Breakup by End Use Markets, 2013E
Figure 8: Global Demand for Solar Glass by Volume, 2009-2013 (Million Tonnes)
Figure 9: Forecast - Global Demand for Solar Glass by Volume, 2014-2019 (Million Tonnes)
Figure 10: Global Demand of Solar Glass by Total Surface Area, 2009-2013 (Million Square Meters)
Figure 11: Forecast - Global Demand of Solar Glass by Total Surface Area, 2014-2019 (Million Square Meters)

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