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Sapphire Glass Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2028

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Global sapphire glass market size is expected to expand at a rapid pace over 2021-2027. This is driven by the myriad benefits associated with sapphire glass, such as high strength, durability, and scratch resistance. These benefits make it ideal for consumer electronics that adopt digital output displays, including smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, the rising adoption of sapphire crystal glass as a material of choice in high-quality watches to safeguard their dials will also proliferate industry demand in the upcoming years. Sapphire glass refers to an application of synthetic sapphire, which has the same physical properties as that of natural sapphire. This substance is generally produced by subjecting aluminum oxide powder under extreme pressure and heat. This process removes internal stresses and results in a transparent material that has higher durability than standard glass.

Escalating use of sapphire in manufacturing LEDs and mobile devices, given their ability to withstand high-temperature processes, are the prominent trends bolstering the sapphire glass market outlook. Consumer electronics maker Nokia, for example, unveiled its Nokia 10 PureView smartphone in November 2020, designed with innovative features such as Snapdragon 875 SoC and sapphire glass display. In addition, the deployment of sapphire in semiconductor manufacturing, due to its high resistance to temperature and industrial-strength acids, will also contribute to the rising popularity of the material in the years ahead.

Based on application, the aerospace & aviation segment is set to hold a considerable sapphire glass market share by 2027. This can be credited to the capability of technical ceramics such as sapphire to significantly enhance the performance of components that are subjected to extreme conditions, especially in aerospace and defense applications. Moreover, the development of optical sapphire windows for aerospace sensor systems, due to their ability to maintain integrity in demanding physical environments, will impel industry growth from this segment over the projected timeframe.

Europe is set to emerge as a lucrative revenue pocket for the sapphire glass industry by 2027. This is considering the rising adoption of the LED technology and robust sales of consumer electronics in countries such as the UK and Germany. In the UK, nearly 14% of lighting appliances in households utilize LEDs to enhance energy efficiency. These factors are anticipated to amplify the regional market share, as sapphire substrates are widely used in LED applications like wafers owing to high strength, low dielectric loss, and high-temperature resistance.

Key players operating in the global sapphire glass market include II-VI Optical Systems, Morgan Advanced Materials, Hansol Technics Co. Ltd., Coorstek Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Surmet Corporation, Crystalwise Technology Inc., Precision Sapphire Technologies, Ltd., Saint-Gobain, and Schott AG (Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung), among others. These firms are focusing on strategies such as new product launches and business expansions to boost their presence in the global market.  For instance, in March 2021, Kyocera introduced the DuraForce Ultra 5G UW, its ultra-rugged smartphone equipped with its proprietary scratch-proof Sapphire Shield technology, to safeguard the display and the cameras on the back.

COVID-19-Related Disruptions in Defense Equipment Business to Impact Sapphire Glass Market Trends:

The novel coronavirus pandemic has posed unprecedented impacts on numerous industrial sectors, including defense, mainly due to the supply chain and manufacturing facility disruptions. The crisis is further slated to impact the demand for defense equipment and related services, as a result of the economic downturn and stock price declines. These aforesaid factors may create a hindrance in the steady growth of the sapphire glass industry, given the usage of this protective glass material in varied defense applications, including transparent armor.

However, escalating smartphone sales, despite component shortages and supply disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, may aid industry recovery over the foreseeable future. The emergence of advanced consumer devices, such as smartwatches with robust displays and various health-centric features and oximeters being increasingly used to monitor health at home, will also drive demand for sapphire glass materials worldwide.

What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2017 to 2021; Growth Projections: 2022 to 2028.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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