Light-Transmitting Concrete Market - Trends and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

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Light-Transmitting Concrete Market 

With technology improving at a rapid pace, we are seeing new advancements in concrete every day. Concrete is conventionally dull. It is a solid gray mass that in its best, is shaped into round columns or unique shapes. It is a building material that is chosen for its durability and strength. However, new advancements in composite materials have created eye-catching spectacles that are also green.

One such innovative composite is Litracon’s light transmitting concrete; it takes one of our most reliable building materials and embeds thousands of optical fibers within it, creating the effect of translucent concrete. As another method of harnessing natural light, possibilities are abounding with regards to aesthetics and design. The ability to introduce subtle natural lighting while maintaining privacy provides large environmental benefits in addition to its aesthetic ones, including reducing the cost of heating and lighting.

Litracon was invented by Hungarian architect Aron Losonczi in 2001. Litracon is protected by Swedish patent and other patents are also pending in other jurist regions. Inventor and patent holder Aron Losonczi founded his own company, Litracon Bt., in spring 2004.  The company is located in the Hungarian town, Csongrád.

Litracon consists of 96% concrete and only 4% optical glass fibers. Despite the seemingly low content of glass fibers in the final pre-fabricated concrete block, light is led between the two sides of a given block. Due to the parallel position of the glass fibers, light on the brighter side of the wall appears unchanged on the darker side. The most interesting form of this phenomenon is probably the visible display of shadows on the other side of the wall, meanwhile the color of the light remains the same. These elements can be used indoors and outdoors as decorative building elements such as walls, partition walls, pavements, floors, bar-top covers and possibilities are endless.

Light-transmitting concrete is currently not produced widely. There are only a select few companies, and the process is somewhat low-tech and slow. It can only be produced as pre-cast or prefabricated blocks and panels; it cannot be poured on a site like traditional concrete. The blocks come in a range of sizes, the maximum for glass fiber being 1200 x 400 mm (47.2 x 15.7 inches), and the thickness can range from 25-500 mm (1-20 inches). This allows translucent concrete to be used for a variety of purposes, from a thin veneer to a structural system. So far light-transmitting concrete has been used to make light installations, signs, and fixed-in-place furniture such as benches, desks and counters.

The Italian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 marked the first major application of light-transmitting concrete in a building. The translucent blocks of concrete were interspersed with opaque blocks to create a seamless façade that allows diffused light in at certain areas, and emanates a glow at night. Surrounding the windows in the center of the figure are concrete blocks some of which are translucent and allow natural light into the building. Recently, the Italian Ambassador revealed that translucent concrete is to be used in several buildings at the new Italian Embassy in Bangkok. This would be the second major building use of light-transmitting concrete, as this material becomes more well-known and further developed, many more are sure to follow.

Although light-transmitting concrete has been used primarily as an interior decoration, its creators have visions of cities that glow from within and buildings whose windows need not be flat, rectangular panes, but can be arbitrary regions of transparency within flowing, curving walls. It can at the same time be building material and light source, can separate and connect, can be wall or floor, ambient lighting or eye-catcher. Light-transmitting concrete is also a great insulating material that protects against outdoor extreme temperatures while also letting in daylight. This makes it an excellent compromise for buildings in harsh climates, where it can shut out heat or cold without shutting the building off from daylight. It can be used to illuminate underground buildings and structures, such as subway stations.

Light-transmitting concrete could provide safety applications in the future such as speed bumps that could be lit from below to make them more visible at night, or to light indoor fire escapes in case of a power failure. It even has the potential to be sustainable; the aggregate can be replaced with crushed recycled glass. It could be used almost anywhere glass or traditional concrete are used. Light-transmitting concrete combines the fluid potential of concrete with glass’ ability to admit light, and it also retains privacy and can be used as structural support. The possibilities for translucent concrete are innumerable; the more it is used, the more new uses will be discovered. In the next few years, as engineers further explore this exciting new material, it is sure to be employed in a variety of interesting ways that will change the opacity of architecture as we know it.

The study, besides estimating the light-transmitting concrete market potential between 2016 and 2021, analyzes on who can be the market leaders and what partnerships would help them to capture the market share. The report gives an overview of the dynamics of the market, by discussing various aspects such as drivers, restraints, Porter’s five forces, value-chain, customer acceptance and investment scenario.  

The study in brief deals with the product life cycle, comparing it to the relevant products from across industries that had already been commercialized. It approximates the time for innovation, in order for the industry to maintain a stable growth over a sustained period. The report also details the potential for various applications, discussing the recent product innovations and gives an overview on potential regional market shares.

Key Deliverables in the Study

  • Market analysis for the global light-transmitting concrete market, with region-specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
  • Market definition along with the identification of key drivers and restraints.
  • Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenario, rising prospective opportunities, and identification of key companies that can influence this market on a global and regional scale.
  • Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
  • Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the global light-transmitting concrete market on both global and regional scale.
  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
  • A wide-ranging knowledge and insights about the major players in this industry and the key strategies adopted by them to sustain and grow in the studied market.
  • Insights into the major countries/regions where this industry is growing and also identify the regions that are still untapped.

1. Introduction

                1.1 Concept

                1.2 Applications

                1.3 Study Deliverables

                1.4 Scope of the Study

                1.5 Research Methodology

2. Executive Summary

3. Market Overview

                3.1 Current Market Scenario

                3.2 Market Drivers

                3.3 Market Restraints

                3.4 Market Trends

                3.5 Recent Innovations and Product Developments

4. Market Dynamics

                4.1 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

                                4.1.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

                                4.1.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

                                4.1.3 Degree of Competition

                                4.1.4 Threat of Substitution

                                4.1.5 Threat of New Entrants

                4.2 Product Life Cycle Analysis

                4.3 Value-Chain Analysis

                4.4 Customer Acceptance/Adaptability

                4.5 Comparative Analysis

                4.6 Investment Scenario

5. Market Potential - Size, Forecast, Trends & Opportunities

                5.1 Market Definition

                5.2 Market Size Forecast

                5.3 Regional Market Analysis

6. Competitive Landscape

                6.1 Current Market Landscape

                6.2 Potential Entrants

                6.3 Market Share Estimation

7. Conclusion

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