Increasing Sales of Handheld and Touchscreen Devices Fuel Demand for Toughened Display Cover Glass, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Toughened Display Cover Glass markets. The global market for Toughened Display Cover Glass is projected to reach US$4.3 billion by the year 2018, driven by the increasing demand for mobile devices, flat panel LCD televisions, and computers. Further, consumer shift towards mobile computing and growing sales of personal computing devices in emerging nations augur well for the Toughened Display Cover Glass market.

Toughened Display Cover Glass: A Global Market Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – Globally, consumers of high-end, advanced technology-based electronic devices are faced with the challenge to prevent formation of scratches and cracks on display screens. These concerns have led manufacturers to focus on developing screens/cover glass for devices such as smartphones, e-readers, and tablets, among others. Cover glass has assumed significance not only for protective purposes but also for cosmetic applications in capacitive touch screens. The demand for toughened display cover glass is primarily driven by growing sales of devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones, majority of which feature touchscreen panels that require high degree of protection against scratches and shocks. Development of larger screens with touchscreen capabilities, and advent of thinner and stronger devices are driving demand for display glass covers. Increasing adoption of the glass by the lucrative LCD TV market is expected to fuel growth in the coming years. Gorilla® Glass from Corning is the predominant cover glass in use for various electronic devices. Gorilla® Glass is scratch and break resistant, lightweight, thin, and ultra-strong. Asahi’s Dragontrail represents the key competitor to Gorilla® Glass.

As stated by the new market research report on Toughened Display Cover Glass, mobile phones specifically smartphones, are among the major users of chemically strengthened cover glass on display panels. High-end phones offer maximum growth potential for cover glass due to their large screen size and use of touchscreen technologies. On the other hand, potential in the basic phone segment is relatively less due to the small size of the screens in these devices. Portable personal computing devices such as tablet PCs and notebooks offer the maximum growth opportunities for toughened display cover glass. Sales of personal computers, including portable devices, are expected to grow driven by the falling average selling price and steady economic growth that would allow PCs to become affordable for customers in the lucrative emerging markets. The emergence of new form factors such as mobile Internet devices, slates, along with other smart media devices is expected to contribute to the robust sales of portable computers. As of 2010, almost all of the tablet PC units sold featured cover glass.

Though toughened cover glass has found enormous appeal among smartphone manufacturers, the market is yet to witness similar trend in the LCD TV market. TVs require larger size of glass in comparison to mobiles devices and hence offer better growth opportunities for glass manufacturers. However, the success of cover glass such as Gorilla® Glass for TV sector remains uncertain given the fact that TV screen is not subjected to the same abuse that the screen of mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets endure. This skepticism coupled with the premium price of TV with cover glass is likely to prevent consumers from investing in premium priced TVs. With Sony being the lone TV maker to opt for Gorilla® Glass, the demand for the material in TVs has failed to gather momentum. Despite the less-than-enthusiastic demand for toughened display cover glass in TVs, leading players, primarily Corning, continue to lay emphasis on the sector due to the potential opportunities from the advent of frameless TV designs.

Gorilla® Glass offered by Corning Incorporated is the leading product in the toughened display cover glass market. Corning’s Gorilla® Glass is currently incorporated into mobile devices and mobile phones, and is beginning to create presence in LCD TV sets. Dragontrail of Asahi Glass, the prime competitor to Gorilla® Glass finds use in smartphones as well as tablet devices. Key players profiled in the report include Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd., and SCHOTT AG.

The research report titled "Toughened Display Cover Glass: A Global Market Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of trends, issues, strategic industry activities, and profiles of major companies worldwide. The report provides market estimates and projections for the global market by Brand (Gorilla Glass and Others) and by Device Type (Tablet PCs, Smartphones, and Others).

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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