Europe Smart Glass Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Europe Smart Glass Market is segmented by technology (Suspended Particle Devices, Liquid Crystals, Electro-chromic Glass, Passive Smart glass, Active Smart glass), by Application (Construction {Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings}, Transportation {Aerospace, Rail, Automotive}, Energy, Consumer Electronics), and Country.

Europe Smart Glass marketIndustry Overview

Europe Smart Glass Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 13.9 %

Major Players

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Europe Smart Glass market Analysis

The European smart glass market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.9% in the forecasted period (2021-2026). Smart glass is becoming one of the region's popular building materials that can be used by architects and engineers for several different purposes. ​ Applications found in the construction sector and transportation industries stand to be an excellent source of demand for smart glass in the current market scenario.​

In the commercial design sector, smart glass has become an increasingly widespread feature because of its aesthetic value. Moreover, it also offers a unique ability to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.​ Further, Increasing reforms by the European government to enhance the energy efficiency of commercial buildings are encouraging commercial building owners to invest in smart energy-saving solutions, such as smart glass.​

Also, increasing applications in the field of aerospace and transportation are creating immense demand for smart glass. Some researchers estimated that smart glasses installed in automobiles are capable of providing 98% UV protection and 40% solar reduction, thus making the vehicle cabin more comfortable.​ Such installations are already seen in top automotive manufacturers, such as BMW and Mercedes. OneBMW'sMW’s most iconic electronic hybrid, BMW i8, is reportedly using chemically-treated corning glass made by Gorilla glass to reduce 25-30% of the weight added by traditional glass installations.​

Smart glass technology, when installed in buildings, also saves the cost of installing and maintaining curtains or blinds. Blackout smart glass has the ability to block around 99.4% of ultraviolet light. ​For instance, NHS Hospital in Paisley, United Kingdom, adopted smart glass into five of its critical patient areas in the ICU ward. This technology was used to a great extent, allowing healthcare professionals to provide privacy to patients whilst being able to monitor them visually, without disturbing them.​

Europe Smart Glass marketIndustry Segments

Smart glasses are special types of glasses, which can change from being clear to translucent or even pellucid to opaque. It is primarily used to block light, heat, and glare. This technology is very helpful to reduce the cost of lighting, air conditioning, curtains blinding, or heating of the room. There are two types of smart glasses: active type and passive type. The active type of smart glass responds to the electrical stimulus to make the glass, while the passive type is triggered by light or heat. Active glasses are used in sectors like architecture, healthcare, and automotive, etc. This type of smart glass uses the technologies like Suspended Particle Devices (SPDs), electrochromic devices, among others.

Technology
Suspended Particle Devices
Liquid Crystals
Electro-chromic Glass
Passive Smart glass
Active Smart glass
Others
Applications
Construction
Residential Buildings
Commercial Buildings
Transportation
Aerospace
Rail
Automotive
Others
Energy
Consumer Electronics
Others
Country
United Kingdom
Germany
Italy
France
Rest of Europe

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Europe Smart Glass market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Europe Smart Glass market according to our research experts:

Transportation industry is expected to have further growth opportunities in the market

Increasing applications in the field of transportation are creating immense demand for smart glass. Smart glass has found a large-scale application, particularly in the automotive industry, in sunroofs, and exterior and interior automatic dimming rear-view mirrors. In fact, as most of the smart glass products are chemically toughened, they are far lighter than the traditional glass used in the automotive sector when installed in automobiles, helping automakers gain more fuel efficiency and meet regional emission standards.​

Mercedes-Benz offers its S-Class Coupe, as well as other variants of the S-Class, with an option of popular Magic Sky Control panoramic roof, using SPD-SmartGlass technology. The company has turned to multiple applications of switchable glass, focused on the customer experience and customer journey.

Also, these glasses are increasingly being used in inspections and maintenance. With smart glasses, workers will be able to view their checklists during their inspections, reducing the likelihood of missing an item because of faulty memory. When a defect is discovered, the inspectors can immediately make a voice-recorded report, photograph the problem with the glasses, and forward their report and photos to workers who correct the errors. ​

Aerospace application companies, like Boing and Airbus, are implementing smart glass technology by integrating them with IoT systems. This trend is expected to open new opportunities in the market.

Moreover, Vuzix Corporation is working with Accenture and Airbus on an initiative to reduce the time taken to assemble aircraft cabin seats. This collaboration between Airbus, Accenture, and Vuzix smart glasses is a part of a greater effort toward industrialized wearable technology in aircraft manufacturing companies.​ According to Airbus, this technology produced impressive results.  The process of making cabin seats improved by around 500%. The company also states that the technology reduced the rate of the error to zero and accelerated the level of operations.​

Europe Smart Glass Market

Germany region witnesses significant growth opportunities in the market

Germany region is expected to witness further growth opportunities in the Automobile and Transportation industry, and according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Statistisches Bundesamt), in 2020, total automobile sales amounted to EUR 286.7 billion in Germany. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, vehicle manufacturing is a strategic industry in the region.

OEMs, such as Audi AG and BMW AG, offer sunroofs in their vehicle models, and with Smart glass being increasingly used for sunroofs, as sunroofs, there are significant cost-saving benefits and superior control over light and heat emissions, thereby reducing the consumption of the air-conditioning unit, by maintaining the car's cabin temperature. This minimizes the lighting and cooling costs of the vehicles.

Major car manufacturers, such as Audi and Daimler, are replacing traditional glass with smart glass in their products. Mercedes has turned to various applications of smart glass over the recent years, especially focused on customer experiences.

Mercedes pioneered switchable glass in the automotive industry as a part of an engaging information display. By using the joysticks, users can navigate their way through the information being projected on the screen, and when the user requires it, the screen can switch its state automatically to reveal the feature display behind it.

Train manufacturers, operators, and train window suppliers in the region are also working with companies, such as Research Frontiers, SPD-SmartGlass technology, which allows the passengers and crew members to change the tint of the windows of a train at the touch of a button. This technology enables the control of heat and light coming to make train cars more comfortable and more energy-efficient.

Europe Smart Glass Market

Europe Smart Glass market Competitor Analysis

The EuropeSmart Glass Market is fragmented. Various established international brands, domestic brands, as well as new entrants, form a competitive landscape. The major players are increasingly seeking market expansion through various strategic mergers and acquisitions, innovation, increasing investments in research and development.

  • December 2020: Epson announced a new generation of Moverio smart glass technology range, which includes the BT-40 and BT-40S smart glasses. The glasses offer users a number of advances, including a wider field of view (FOV), significantly increased HD display resolution, high contrast, improved connectivity, and a more comfortable, adjustable, and easy-to-wear design.
  • August 2021: Nestlé’s global headquarters in Switzerland were fitted with SageGlass Smart Glazing, in a 258,333 sq. ft extension built in 1977 to make it a benchmark in energy efficiency. The solution resolves key challenges for projects of this scale: optimizing employee comfort, improving the energy efficiency of the aging building, and respecting the appearance of the original shell, which reflects the neighboring structure and on which no external shading could be fitted

Europe Smart Glass market Top Players

  1. Polytronix Inc

  2. PPG Industries

  3. Saint-Gobain

  4. Pulp Studio

  5. RavenBrick LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Europe Smart Glass market Recent Developments

  • September 2021: Xiaomi launched its own smart glasses, which are capable of taking photos, displaying messages and notifications, making calls, providing navigation, and translating text right in real-time in front of eyes. The glasses also have an indicator light that shows when the 5-megapixel camera is in use.
  • September 2021: Facebook Inc, in partnership with Ray-Ban, launched its first smart glasses named 'Ray-Ban Stories' that allow wearers to listen to music, take calls, or capture photos and short videos and share them across Facebook's services using a companion app.

Europe Smart Glass market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing focus on Energy Conservation and Environment Friendly Technologies

      2. 5.1.2 Government Regulations

      3. 5.1.3 Increasing demand for energy savings techniques

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of Awareness of Smart Glass Benefits

      2. 5.2.2 Technical Issues with the Usage of Large Size Smart Glass

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 Technology

      1. 6.1.1 Suspended Particle Devices

      2. 6.1.2 Liquid Crystals

      3. 6.1.3 Electro-chromic Glass

      4. 6.1.4 Passive Smart glass

      5. 6.1.5 Active Smart glass

      6. 6.1.6 Others

    2. 6.2 Applications

      1. 6.2.1 Construction

        1. 6.2.1.1 Residential Buildings

        2. 6.2.1.2 Commercial Buildings

      2. 6.2.2 Transportation

        1. 6.2.2.1 Aerospace

        2. 6.2.2.2 Rail

        3. 6.2.2.3 Automotive

        4. 6.2.2.4 Others

      3. 6.2.3 Energy

      4. 6.2.4 Consumer Electronics

      5. 6.2.5 Others

    3. 6.3 Country

      1. 6.3.1 United Kingdom

      2. 6.3.2 Germany

      3. 6.3.3 Italy

      4. 6.3.4 France

      5. 6.3.5 Rest of Europe

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Polytronix

      2. 7.1.2 PPG Industries

      3. 7.1.3 Scienstry Inc

      4. 7.1.4 Saint-Gobain

      5. 7.1.5 Pulp Studio

      6. 7.1.6 Ravenbrick

      7. 7.1.7 Nippon

      8. 7.1.8 Smartglass International

      9. 7.1.9 Pro Display

      10. 7.1.10 Gentex Corporation

      11. 7.1.11 Hitachi Chemical

      12. 7.1.12 LTI Smart Glass

      13. 7.1.13 Citala

      14. 7.1.14 Asahi Glass Corporation

      15. 7.1.15 View, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Europe Smart Glass market Research FAQs

The Europe Smart Glass Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Europe Smart Glass Market is growing at a CAGR of 13.9% over the next 5 years.

Polytronix Inc, PPG Industries, Saint-Gobain, Pulp Studio, RavenBrick LLC are the major companies operating in Europe Smart Glass Market.

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