Automotive Polycarbonate Glazing Market size is touted to churn significant profits over the span of 2022-2028. This can be credited to the growing use of polycarbonate glazing for reducing the overall vehicular weight and augmenting fuel efficiency. The use of polycarbonate glazing can offer weight savings of 50%, in comparison to glass.
Automotive polycarbonate glazing is extensively used in rear windows, side windows, and panoramic sunroofs. Moreover, the material is also known to protect passengers in the vehicle in case of an accident. Besides, the rising trend of sunroof market is slated to have a positive impact on overall automotive polycarbonate glazing market outlook over the forecast period.
The market is further likely to grow on account of the stringent government regulations demanding automakers to focus on less vehicular emissions, generating sales of EVs. The product finds use in reducing the overall weight of vehicles presenting lucrative opportunities for EV manufacturers to adopt polycarbonate glazing in their vehicles. For instance, in 2021, Applied Electric Vehicles and Teijin announced designing a polycarbonate solar roof for future mobility applications for all EVs. According to reliable reports, the solar roof makes use of the former’s Panlite polycarbonate resin glazing for its surface.
However, increased cost of production of polycarbonate and raw material volatility is expected to impede the market growth progression in the coming years.
Based on the application, backlite segment would record considerable growth over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rising use of polycarbonate in the rear windshield owing to the availability of the largest glass panel on the back. Currently, different automotive manufacturers are working with OEMs to develop backlite components, leveraging the optimum advantages of polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate glazing sheets are expected to observe massive demand from the passenger vehicles segment, mainly due to the increased production and sales of these worldwide. As per OICA statistics, global PV sales surpassed 53 million in 2020. High growth in PV sales can be reasoned to rising disposable incomes and inclining interest towards owning premium passenger vehicles across different global economies.
Regionally, North America and Asia Pacific are anticipated to emerge as prominent hotspots for automotive polycarbonate glazing industry through 2028. Growth in North America automotive polycarbonate glazing market is anticipated to come from the growing sales of passenger and commercial vehicles in the region and an increase in regulatory reforms supporting reduction in vehicular emissions.
Asia Pacific market share is slated to expand notably over the foreseeable time frame, driven by expanding EV sales and production in leading countries like China, India, Japan, and more. Furthermore, growing disposable incomes, urbanization, and interest towards passenger vehicle ownerships would as well escalate the product demand in the region.
Participants operating in the global automotive polycarbonate glazing market include Covestro AG, Teijin Limited, SABIC, KRD Sicherheitstechnik GmbH, Exatec LLC (SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC), Webasto SE, Engle Machinery Inc., and others. These prominent companies are taking up significant initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and product launches to attain an authoritative position in the global marketplace.
The novel coronavirus pandemic outbreak had negatively influenced the automotive industry during 2020. Amidst the pandemic spread, automobile production statistics drastically declined from 2019, recording 31 million units over Jan 2020 to July 2020. This has had a negative impact on the overall sales of automotive polycarbonate glazing sheets, thus impeding the growth structure of the market.
Market, By Application, 2017 - 2028 (USD Million)
Market, By Vehicle, 2017 - 2028 (USD Million)
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