LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest market research report on the global automotive glass market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
Praveen Kumar, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on automotive components sector, says, “The passenger cars segment accounted for the largest market share in the automotive glass market in 2016 and will continue to hold the largest share during the forecast period. This is attributable to the higher sales of passenger cars as compared to LCVs and M&HCVs and the increasing production of passenger cars due to rise in population across the BRICS countries.”
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The top three emerging market trends driving the global automotive glass market according to Technavio’s research analysts are:
- Rising adoption of solar reflective glasses
- Increasing use of Gorilla Glass technology
- Growing popularity of privacy glass
Rising adoption of solar reflective glasses
Solar reflective glasses are increasingly replacing conventional glasses because of their advantages. Solar reflective glasses absorb infrared rays and reduce the amount of heat in the car. Since solar reflective glasses reduce the effect of ultraviolet radiation on interior trims, passengers experience more comfort while sitting inside the car. Solar reflective glasses also enhance vehicle styling and fulfill the aesthetic aspirations of consumers.
Pilkington, a fully-owned subsidiary of Nippon Sheet Glass, is one of the leading manufacturers of solar reflecting glasses. Optikool and EZ-KOOL are optimized solar absorbing glasses, which provide a significant improvement in terms of consumer comfort. These glasses reduce the solar energy entering the vehicle cabin by 20% compared with standard tinted glasses, maintaining a soothing temperature in the cabin.
Increasing use of Gorilla Glass technology
Ford in collaboration with Corning has developed automotive glasses using Gorilla Glass hybrid technology, which will be used in new Ford GT and other Ford models. The Gorilla Glass hybrid is lighter and thinner than the conventional laminate glass. This technology will improve the center of gravity of the vehicle and will have a positive impact on the acceleration, braking performance, and fuel economy. Gorilla Glasses will be used in the front and rear windshields of Ford GT.
“Gorilla Glass technology will play a major role in the automotive industry. Such technology offers advantages to vehicles such as reliability, reduced weight, and compliance to crash test regulations. It is expected that OEMs will soon follow the concept of technical glass to improve the safety and comfort features in vehicles,” says Praveen.
Growing popularity of privacy glass
OEMs have been focusing on evolving new kinds of glasses such as privacy glasses. There are numerous benefits of privacy glasses over conventional glasses such as they provide privacy and reduce the risk of theft by keeping the possessions inside the vehicle safe by blocking visibility from outside. They also help to maintain a comfortable temperature in the cabin, which in turn, helps to increase fuel efficiency by reducing the need for air-conditioners.
Privacy glass can be used in a variety of applications such as in backlite, side windows, and sun roof. Havel H6, Havel H9, Land Rover Defender, and Toyota FJ Cruiser are equipped with privacy glasses.
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