Specialty Glass Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Specialty Glass Market is Segmented by Type (Borosilicate Glasses, Soda Lime Glasses, and Other Types), Applications (Lighting, Ophthalmic Lenses, Display Screens, Telecommunication, Architecture, Medical Equipment, Renewable Energy, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Specialty Glass in volume (kilo tons).

Market Snapshot

Specialty Glass Market Size
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >6 %

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Market Overview

Demand in some of the segments in the specialty glass market was hit due to the repercussions of Covid-19 on the manufacturing and development sector across the globe. However, appreciable demand for pharmaceuticals and medical equipment largely restrained the severe fall in its consumption concerning other categories of glass. On the positive front, the market witnessed a substantial rebound in 2021 with an active pick-up in economic activities leading to increasing development initiatives, thereby propelling the demand for specialty glass from various applications. In line with consistent development initiatives in the renewable energy and pharmaceutical industry being undertaken across the globe, the demand for specialty glass is projected to remain robust during the forecast period.

Some of the factors stimulating the demand are:

  • Stringent environmental regulations regarding air and water pollution standards are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Zero carbon emission targets in various economies have propelled the consumption of specialty glass for manufacturing solar glass for the renewable energy sector. The global decarbonization goals are projected to keep the demand for specialty glass strong in the years ahead.
  • With increasing research and development activities in the healthcare sector, high demand for laboratory and medical equipment is expected to lead to an appreciable growth in the consumption of specialty glass from these segments.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and will also witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Specialty Glass is among the four major categories of glass manufactured across the globe. Specialty glass comprises all kinds of glasses that require specific and detailed manufacturing concerning the targeted applications. Specialty glass is designed to achieve high-performance levels desired for tough applications. Specialty glass is a diverse sub-segment; however, its major types are bifurcated based on the production method. The Specialty Glass Market is segmented by type, application, and geography. The market is segmented by Borosilicate Glasses, Soda Lime Glasses, and Other Types. By Application, the market is segmented into Lighting, Ophthalmic Lenses, Display Screens, Telecommunication, Architecture, Medical Equipment, Renewable Energy, and Others Applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the Specialty Glass Market in 16 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on volume (kilo tons).

Borosilicate Glass
Soda-Lime Glass
Other Types
Ophthamalic Lenses
Display Screens
Medical Equipments
Renewable Energy
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Emphasis on Utilizing Solar Glass for Architecture

Specialty glass is a majorly preferred material in solar glass for housing and building projects in various countries due to its efficient properties. These formulated glasses are perceived to reflect maximum light, thereby keeping the interiors cool. With the use of solar glass in architectural applications, various countries aim to reduce the overall energy consumption while maintaining an optimum temperature for the surrounding.

Solar Glass is a high-performance specialty glass that provides high efficiency to solar panels due to their high light transmittance performance. Owing to these ideal properties, solar glass is also regarded as an integral part of the building's integrated photovoltaic technology. Solar glass can also guard the solar panel from various environmental conditions.

Superior properties of specialty glass like insulation, transparency, and weather resistance make it an ideal choice for various architectural requirements. Growth in the construction and development sector is expected to directly impact the demand for Specialty Glass in the coming years. Between 2020 to 2030, the global construction market is expected to grow by USD 4.5 trillion in emerging economies across the globe. China, India, Indonesia, and the US are expected to account for nearly 60% of the overall growth in the construction sector.

Owing to all these factors, the specialty glass market will likely grow globally during the forecast period.

Specialty Glass Market Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market. In the region, China is the largest economy in terms of GDP. China and India are among the fastest emerging economies in the world.

China is the world's leading producer and exporter of glass. In line with the increasing utilization of glass in the architecture, medical and renewable energy sectors, the consumption of specialty glass in China has increased rapidly. Thus, China is also among the top glass consumers, along with India, Germany, the USA, Japan, and France. China is the largest market for flat glass; however, due to the rising requirement for glasses with specific properties for targeted segments, the demand for specialty glass has grown appreciably in the country.

According to the data, China’s total capacity for renewable energy exceeded by over 1000GW in 2021, accounting for nearly 43.5% of total power generation in the country.

India, one of the major developing economies, constitutes a large share of glass demand in the global market. The increasing inclination of the government to promote the development of the renewable energy sector has been driving the demand for specialty glasses for solar glass and panels in the Indian market. As specialty glasses are also widely utilized in medical equipment and pharmaceutical laboratories, increasing government funding for the healthcare sector has been in innovative search and developments, leading to an enhanced demand for specialty glass in India.

India’s Healthcare Industry is anticipated to reach USD 372 billion by 2022, while the medical devices market is expected to reach USD 11 billion, depicting a high demand from the pharmaceutical and medical glass market.

Specialty Glass Market Report

Competitive Landscape

The specialty glass market is partially consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include AGC Inc., CSG Holding Co., Ltd., Saint-Gobain, Corning Incorporated, and Nippon Electric Glass, among others (not in any particular order).

Recent Development

  • In January 2022, AGI Glasspec of India inaugurated its specialty glass division with an investment of USD 4000 million.
  • In November 2021, Isoclima group, based in Italy, announced the acquisition of Global Glazing and Dlubak Specialty Glass Corporation to strengthen its hold on the ballistic transparency industries.
  • In August 2021, Serum Institute of India Announced the Acquisition of a 50% Stake in SCHOTT, a German Specialty Glass Company, to secure its supply of high-quality pharma packaging.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Demand for Solar Glass in the Renewable Energy and Construction Sector

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Developments in Healthcare Sector

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent environmental regulation regarding air and water pollution standards

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Borosilicate Glass

      2. 5.1.2 Soda-Lime Glass

      3. 5.1.3 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Applications

      1. 5.2.1 Lighting

      2. 5.2.2 Ophthamalic Lenses

      3. 5.2.3 Display Screens

      4. 5.2.4 Telecommunication

      5. 5.2.5 Architecture

      6. 5.2.6 Medical Equipments

      7. 5.2.7 Renewable Energy

      8. 5.2.8 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Russia

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%) **/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 AGC Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 CSG Holding Co, Ltd.

      3. 6.4.3 Cardinal Glass Industries, Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Saint-Gobain

      5. 6.4.5 Corning Incorporated

      6. 6.4.6 Gerresheimer AG

      7. 6.4.7 Fuyao Glass Industry

      8. 6.4.8 Lino

      9. 6.4.9 Sichuan Shubo (Group) Co., Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 Ta Hsiang

      11. 6.4.11 Kanger Enterprise

      12. 6.4.12 AGI Glaspec

      13. 6.4.13 DWK Life Sciences

      14. 6.4.14 Nippon Electric Glass

      15. 6.4.15 SCHOTT AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing R&D activities in the Renewable Energy Sector

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Specialty Glass Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Specialty Glass Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

AGC Inc., CSG Holding Co., Ltd., Saint Gobain, Corning Incorporated, Nippon Electric Glass are the major companies operating in Specialty Glass Market.

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