Automotive Glass Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Automotive Glass market has been segmented on the basis of Type (Regular Glass and Smart Glass), Application Type (Windshield, Rear View Mirrors, Sunroof, and Other Application Types), Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles), and Geography(North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the world). The Report offers market size and forecast for Automotive Glass Market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

automotive glass market
Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


>4 %

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Market Overview

The Automotive Glass Market was valued at USD 19 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 23 billion by 2026 registering a CAGR of about 5% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

The coronavirus crisis has resulted in the temporary closure of automotive businesses around the world, hurting short term prospects of automotive glass producers. However, the demand arising from the nascent but fast-growing electric vehicle sector will enable a fast recovery in the near future. Innovations in the automotive glass sector are increasingly focused towards improving the material strength of the product. Chemically tampered glass has proven to be superior to conventional soda lime glass options.

Higher strength in glass enables better safety, while reduction in weight improves fuel efficiency. This attribute is rapidly gaining ground amid premium and sports car producers. Automotive glass products are also becoming increasing larger, with some car companies even experimenting with full glass canopies. Such changes make efficiency in performance critical in terms of safety and comfort. Rising primary safety from accidents and rising consumer preferences in application of glass in passenger’s cars have created huge demand in market for Automotive Glass Market. This expected to fuel integration of electronic sensors, cameras, and rearview mirrors into vehicle glass.

For instance, Saint-Gobain S.A. has announced the acquisition of a 50% stake in China based JJG Group for the flat glass production line, with an annual capacity of around 160,000 tons. The move will strengthen the flat glass supplies for Sekurit automotive glass production centers. It has also announced the development of a new flat glass production line in Saltillo, Mexico, for international supplies of automotive glass.

The market in Asia Pacific is expected to dominate in the global market and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period, owing to rising consumer preference towards vehicle safety, comfort, and style. The market in Europe is expected to register second-highest growth in terms of revenue over the forecast period, owing to increasing vehicle manufacturing industry across various countries in this region. The market in North America is expected to register steady growth, owing to declining production of passenger cars across various countries in the recent past.

Scope of the Report

In order to safeguard the driver and to provide smooth driving, different types of glasses are being used in automobiles. The Automotive Glass Market report covers the latest trends, covid-19 impact followed by technological developments in the market.

The scope of the report covers segmentation based on Type, Application Type, Vehicle Type, and Geography. By Type, the market is segmented as Regular Glass and Smart Glass. By Application Type, the market is segmented as Windshield, Rear View Mirrors, Sunroof, and Other Application Types. By Vehicle Type, the market is segmented into Passenger Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles and By Geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the world. For each segment market sizing and forecast have been done on basis of value (USD billion).

Regular Glass
Smart Glass
Application Type
Rear View Mirrors
Other Application Types
Vehicle Type
Passenger Vehicles
Commercial Vehicles
North America
United states
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia -Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Application of Smart Glass in Automobiles

Automotive glass is a critical aspect of vehicles, with frequent innovations fueling growth. Among the improvements, automotive smart glass market has been gaining major traction, especially in premium vehicle applications. These materials generate higher levels of comfort for passengers, with superior functionality in security, privacy and temperature control, which will bolster market penetration in the years to come.

Smart glass options are rapidly finding growth in the production of sun and moon roofs, in line with changes with consumer bias, and car manufacturing companies especially in Europe. For instance, January 2021- GM has recently announced about its new electric car, Cadillac Celestiq, that will come with a smart glass roof. The development of advanced ADAS systems in new automobiles will also contribute to growth in the industry.

Increasing usage of sunroof glass, particularly in high-end vehicles, is anticipated to have a positive impact on the growth of the automotive glass market. Nowadays, consumers are showing preference toward a sunroof in the car, which has led to an increase in the utilization of glass. Installation of the sunroof is now not only limited to the luxury car segment, but has also been introduced to the other segments, by car manufacturers, like Honda and Toyota. In addition, advancements in vehicle design have led to an increase in the size of the windshield and side windows, thereby leading to the overall development of the industry.

Smart glass has been forecast as the future of the automotive industry. Most of the research has been directed toward improving and making smart glass applicable to mainstream vehicles. It can be used to provide a head-up display in the automobiles, just like in the glass cockpit of a helicopter. This makes accessibility to all the controls much more comfortable, and also enhances the ambiance of the vehicle. Manufacturers, like Mercedes and Volvo, are putting in a lot of effort to make this into a reality, in automobiles.

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Asia-Pacific Expected to be the Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Emerging economics and strong presence of manufacturers in Japan, China, and India will boost the market in this region. Rapid changes in regulations to make transportation more advancing on the technology front and ever increasing population of this region will create more opportunities in automotive glass market.

China is the biggest producer of automobiles in the world.The abundance of economic resources to assemble and manufacture automotive parts in India and China, the presence of established glass manufacturing players, increasing R&D capacities, and presence of several new production plants in China to cater to the growing needs for electric cars are adding to the global automotive glass market growth in the region.For instance,In November 2019, a joint venture deal was signed between Volkswagen and SAIC to open its first manufacturing plant in Anting, China, which is expected to begin its production in October 2020 with an annual capacity of 300 thousand.

The growth in Asia Pacific is also to be driven by the Indian automotive market, where the production is expected to increase significantly considering the BS VI norms in the country. In January 2019, Kia Motors commenced trial production at its new 536-acre plant in Andhra Pradesh, with an annual capacity of 3 lakh units. Furthermore, in February 2019, the Government of India approved the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme with a fund allocation of USD 1.4 billion from 2019 to 2022. 

Such initiatives are expected to drive automotive production in the coming years, which, in turn, would drive the demand for automotive glass in the country.ome of the other rising markets in the Asian region are Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

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Competitive Landscape

The automotive glass market is a consolidated one. The top global players account for almost 75% of the total market share. The major companies in the automotive glass market include Asahi Glass Co., Fuyao, Nippon Sheet Glass, Saint-Gobain, and Xinyi. Mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships with regional automobile manufacturers, are some of the dynamics that are shaping the competitive landscape of this market. For instance,

  • Guardian Glass invested in the modernization of float glass lines at its European production plants. The United Kingdom plant will be upgraded and modernized as the existing furnace is coming to the end of its lifecycle.

Automotive glass manufacturers are focusing increasingly on product development and launch strategies in a fairly fragmented global market. In addition, manufacturers are also investing in capacity and geographic expansions to keep up with international demand in the auto production sector.For instance,

  • Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. has announced the development of a new float glass plant in Taloja, India, aimed towards glass production for the automotive and construction sectors, with a capacity of 550 tons per day.The company has also introduced a new dark green UV cut glass aimed towards application in passenger cars in India as an alternative to the illegal use of conventional tinted glass in the country.
  • Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd. has announced an expansion worth USD 45 million for a new automotive glass plant in Montgomery, Ohio, which will include equipment purchases and research and development investment.The company has also given HHH Tempering Resources for additional continuous furnaces for the company’s US facility.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2020, AGC Glass Europe collaborated with citrine informatics to develop new glass technology using artificial intelligence.The data provided by AGC to build AI models helps to target the identification of best process conditions to reach high performance glass materials.
  • In January 2020, BMW in CES 2020 introduced intelligent glass control in iNextits electric SUV, which is a reflective type of glass that can be activated both manually and automatically. Through various sensors, glass can pick up any specific position of the sun, through which only certain areas of the window will be adjusted to keep excessive heat and light away.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining power of suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Regular Glass

      2. 5.1.2 Smart Glass

    2. 5.2 Application Type

      1. 5.2.1 Windshield

      2. 5.2.2 Rear View Mirrors

      3. 5.2.3 Sunroof

      4. 5.2.4 Other Application Types

    3. 5.3 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.3.1 Passenger Vehicles

      2. 5.3.2 Commercial Vehicles

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United states

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia -Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Asahi Glass Co.

      2. 6.2.2 Nippon Sheet Glass

      3. 6.2.3 Fuyao Group

      4. 6.2.4 Xinyi Glass

      5. 6.2.5 Saint Gobain

      6. 6.2.6 Guardian Automotive

      7. 6.2.7 Webasto

      8. 6.2.8 Benson Auto Glass

      9. 6.2.9 Carlex Glass

      10. 6.2.10 Magna International


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Glass Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Automotive Glass Market is growing at a CAGR of 0% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

  • Asahi Glass
  • Fuyao Group
  • Nippon Sheet Glass
  • Saint Gobain
  • Xinyi Glass

Are the major companies operating in Automotive Glass Market.

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