Global Smart Glass Market Size by Technology [Active (Electrochromic, SPD, PDLC), [Passive (Photochromic, Thermochromic)], By Application (Construction, Transportation, Electronics), Industry Analysis Report, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2026

Published Date: Dec 2019  |  Report ID: GMI1273  |  Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 200   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Global smart glass market was valued at over USD 1,160.32 million in 2018 and will grow at a CAGR of 8.6% from 2019 to 2026.

Global smart glass market

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Sunlight glare has always been a persistent issue for residential, commercial and automobile spaces as it causes discomfort to the inhabitant. More importantly, heat dissipation from building glass windows and skylights are responsible for greater energy loss. Higher heating in office and residential space due to sunlight, necessitates higher usage of power consuming air-conditioners, which is not a sustainable practice. Buildings and its maintenance utilize over 30-40 % of the primary energy supply, mainly for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. Adjacently, on account of a high standard of living and architectural use of glass on a larger scale, developed economies of North America and Europe also account for the highest use of HVAC systems, in order to combat the incoming solar heat.

Smart glass, especially, active glass provides a higher control over heat and light at the will of the user, thereby providing considerable electricity cost-savings and conclusively, making the construction spaces more environment-friendly.

Smart glass technology has been in existence for the last few decades; however, its demand is gathering momentum on account of improved innovation in raw materials & technologies and the possibility for new applications across various sectors. North America and Europe have been at the forefront of this trend. Smart glass demand is growing in the Asia Pacific on account of its growing building & construction, electronics, and transportation sectors.

One of the biggest hindrances to the growth of smart glass industry demand is its higher cost. The higher cost of raw material and its limited availability is undermining its penetration at a larger scale. Constant innovations are happening in terms of raw material, product design, & work capacity, which will simultaneously attract new users and provide opportunity to manufacturers to rationalize the product cost over the forecast period.

Global Smart Glass Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: USD 1,160.3 Million
Historical Data for: 2016 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2026
Forecast Period 2019 to 2026 CAGR: 8.6% 2026 Value Projection: USD 2,228.3 Million
Pages: 200 Tables, Charts & Figures: 301
Geographies covered (20): U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Segments covered: [Active smart glass (Electrochromic, SPD (Suspended Particles), PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal), [Passive smart glass (Photochromic, Thermochromic)], Construction, Transportation, Electronics
Companies covered (10): Saint Gobain, NSG group, Asahi glass, Merck & Co., View Inc, RavenWindow, Smartglass International, Gauzy, Polytronix, Pleotint LLC
Growth Drivers:
  • Strong building & construction outlook
  • Rising penetration in the transportation sector
  • Increasing product demand in the electronics & electrical industry
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • High production cost associated with smart glass
  • Limited penetration in emerging economies

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Popularity of electrochromic smart glass is escalating

PDLC and Electrochromic smart glass market

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The active smart glass works on a principle of light transmission control through electric control; however, its technologies differ on grounds of the manufacturing process and utilized raw materials.

Smart glass controls natural or artificial light to provide heat control, privacy control, and facilitates multi-functional use of glass or mirror material. Active smart glass technology involves the aligning of containing particles (nanocrystals, suspended particles, etc.) with the aid of electric supply in a certain pattern to block or pass certain wavelengths of light. Other passive glass, such as thermochromic and photochromic, control the infrared light waves on account of their composition. Sunlight contains over 53% of infrared waves.

Electrochromic glass is growing at an immense scale, mainly on account of its comparatively economical prices. It occupies a share of over 50% in the overall smart glass market However, its application is limited to the exterior space of buildings and automobiles. On the other hand, PDLC is becoming popular among users owing to its split-second response time coupled with larger applications in both interiors and exterior spaces such as conference rooms, hotels, hospitals, aircraft, automobile etc.

Smart glasses are increasingly used in transportation sector

Smart glass market outlook for transportation,

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The product is conventionally used in the construction sector, for application in residential, and commercial spaces, such as bathrooms, conference rooms, partitions, privacy screens, shower doors, windows, skylights, etc. Active glass installations are growing on account of its capacity to be controlled by the user. IoT technologies, mobile apps, remote systems, etc. are used control the electric supply to glass, thereby controlling the transparency of glass.

Smart glass at present is a luxury product used to provide security and privacy to the users. Hence, the product is observing a higher demand from the transportation sector as window and screen applications in automobiles, aircraft, marine vehicles such as yachts etc. As per NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), headlamp and sun glare are one of the factors responsible for over 1% car accidents in the U.S. Smart glass are growing in use especially in automobile, on account of glare control for vehicles where the sunlight meets in a slant angle at time of morning and evening causing greater risks to driver. Additionally, smart glass use is distinctly growing in the aerospace sector. Commercial airplane manufacturers such as Bombardier Inc and Boeing, are increasingly installing electrochromic windows to increase their luxury and security factors for passengers and pilots alike.

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Asia Pacific vs other regions of smart glass market

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Asia Pacific will the leading region in the smart glass market with a growth rate of over 11 % till 2026. Smart glass demand is currently growing in Asia Pacific markets such as China, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, which have comparatively higher disposable income and better technological innovation than other emerging economies in the region.

China is also a prominent manufacturer and consumer of smart glass, making its production more cost efficient. Japan and South Korea are increasingly using the product not only in automobile and construction sector, but also innovatively experimenting its use in electronics and energy generation.

Consolidation of market share by major players

Prominent privacy glass manufacturers include mainly, Saint Gobain, NSG group, Asahi glass, Merck &, Co., View Inc, RavenWindow, Smartglass International, Raven brick, Gauzy, Polytronix, and Pleotint LLC. Players such as Saint Gobain and Asahi glass have a noticeable presence in the product value chain through distinct acquisition.

The smart glass market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD million and volume in kilo tons from 2016 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Technology

  • Active smart glass
    • Electrochromic
    • SPD
    • PDLC
    • Others
  • Passive smart glass
    • Photochromic
    • Thermochromic
    • Others

by Application

  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Electronics
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following countries:

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Smart glass, especially, active glass provides a higher control overheat and light at the will of the user, thereby providing considerable electricity cost-savings and conclusively, making the construction spaces more environment-friendly.
The Asia Pacific region will dominate the revenue and is set to achieve over 11% CAGR up to 2026, driven by rising smart glass demand for commercial smart windows and panels.
Saint Gobain, NSG group, Asahi glass, Merck &, Co., View Inc, RavenWindow, Smartglass International, Raven brick, Gauzy, Polytronix and Pleotint LLC are key companies operating in the global market for smart glass.
Major challenges likely to impact the global market growth include high production cost associated with smart glass and limited penetration in emerging economies.

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