Middle East and Africa Flat Glass Market - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020 - 2025)
The Middle East & Africa Flat Glass Market is segmented by Product Type (Tempered, Laminated, Insulating), End-user Vertical (Construction, Automotive), and Region
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The Middle East & African flat glass market was valued at USD 6.390 billion in 2018 and is expected to be valued at USD 9.6 billion by 2024, while registering a CAGR of 6.91% over the forecast period, 2019-2024. With more than 10,000 construction projects currently active in the GCC, the demand for glass and glass-related products is booming, making Dubai the regional hub for global manufacturers to meet and do business, as indicated by experts at a key industry event in Dubai.
Flat glass finds two major modes of application in the automotive industry, original equipment (OE) supplied to manufacturers for new vehicles and automotive glass replacement (AGR) products supplied to the aftermarket for retrofit purposes, usually damages.
Sand, soda ash, limestone, and dolomite are the materials needed for the production of flat glass. Limestone is added to increase the durability of the product, whereas, dolomite is used to enhance the functional properties.
Dynamic shifts in product standards, such as lightweight and non-fragile nature, are encouraging the flat glass manufacturers to incorporate the latest technological innovative methods. For instance, Abu Dhabi-based Al Heya Special Glass Factory launched its first ‘Made in UAE’ blast- and bullet-resistant glass, which can sustain the impact from a 0.40 caliber round, fired from a range of 10 m; the glass is also explosion resistant. The firm’s production capacity is expected to be around 240,000 m2 per year, for flat and curved glass
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Plate glass, flat glass, or sheet glass is a type of glass, initially produced in plane form, commonly used for windows, glass doors, transparent walls, and windscreens. For modern architectural and automotive applications, the flat glass is sometimes bent after the production of the plane sheet.
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Key Market Trends
Construction End-user Vertical to Account for the Largest Share
Construction is the largest end-user segment of the market studied. Similar to most of the oil-based economies around the world, most of the Middle East & African economies were also severely hit by the low crude oil price situation, during the past four years.
As a result, several residential and commercial construction works have been restrained, leading to a high number of backlogs, in recent years. The situation worsened further when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to initiate production cuts, which influenced the demand for flat glass equipment, such as protective glass, which are in high demand, from the construction vehicles involved in the operations.
Additionally, the demand for flat glass, especially the insulated variants, which are of high demand in the commercial construction sector, witnessed a decline, over the past few years. This can be attributed to the slowdown of the domestic construction sector. Even countries, like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, faced all-time low occupancy rates in office buildings and commercial places.
Moreover, the increasing investments of Asian vendors in the African market and a steady increase in the number of smart city initiatives in the region are expected to steadily increase the demand for flat glass in the Middle East & African construction sector.
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United Arab Emirates Accounts for a Major Share
The country remains a leading construction market in the GCC and is on track to deliver growth in 2018, in the lead up to Expo 2020, with steadily improving demand from the region's building sector. The country also increased its expenditure on infrastructure and construction projects by about 43% in 2018, as it continues to prepare for Expo 2020. The Dubai government has set aside a budget of AED 11.886 billion (USD 3.2 billion), for infrastructure projects. An estimated AED 5 billion has been allocated for Expo 2020 alone.
Governments across the Middle East are rolling out robust initiatives to diversify their economies and shift from their reliance on oil to renewable energies, especially solar energy. These initiatives are also expected to bolster the growth of the market studied over the forecast period.
According to the new regulations enforced by the Emirate's Municipality and Planning Department, effective from June 2018, residences in Ajman city require a green permit, ahead of their construction.
In July 2018, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in collaboration with the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), organized the Solar Decathlon Middle East Seminar, as the country aims to provide about 75% of its total power output from clean energy, by 2050.
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Major players, such as Asahi Glass, Saint Gobain, and Schott AG, are well known for their brand names and aggressive branding strategies. The robust dealer network established by the major players increases their competitiveness and dominance in the global, as well as regional market.
Major vendors assert dominance in the market studied by acquiring small players, in order to venture into the market in the first place and extend their geographical reach and generate revenues through a powerful competitive strategy. Hence, the internal competition in the industry is very high; however, the evolving nature of the market and its reliance on technological innovation are likely to create opportunities for local vendors to penetrate and intensify the competition in the market.
Some of the key vendors in the Middle East & African flat glass market are Saint-Gobain and ACG. Some of the key developments in the market are as follows:
AGC has decided to increase the sales price of architectural glass-related products in Japan. The revised prices were to be in action from April 2018 or later. The scheduled price indicates an increase in the price of architectural glass, by at least 10%.
Saint-Gobain has announced to acquire 50% stake in a flat glass production line of the Chinese group, JJG, located in Zibo in the Shandong province, Northeast China, with a total annual capacity of 160,000 metric ton. This acquisition may allow Saint-Gobain to almost double its production of basic glass in China, reinforcing the reliability of the flat glass supply for its Sekurit automotive glass factories.