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Technology has touched almost every sector and the glass industry is not left behind. The precise blend of glass and technology has led to the development of smart glasses. The smart glass market is predicted to climb the growth ladder steadily during the forecast period of 2016-2024 owing to the growing demand and frequent technological advancements. The smart glass market is classified into active and passive. Smart glass has immense applications in various sectors such as consumer electronics, solar power generation, and transportation.

  • Manufacturers in the smart glass market are focusing on technologies related to COVID-19 prevention as it has brought unprecedented loss to humankind. To prevent COVID-19, Smart glass country is offering a smart glass that can be controlled through a wall switch, automation, or voice command, thus eliminating the need for touch. These glasses can be of great use in hospitals. A Chinese startup Rokid has developed COVID-19 detection glasses that have inbuilt thermal imaging technology. The T1 thermal glasses use an infrared sensor to identify temperatures of over 200 people within 2-3 minutes as far as 3 meters. The glasses also offer features like a 12-megapixel camera and hands-free voice controls to record live photos and videos. Such innovations are expected to expand the smart glass market growth horizon.
  • Huge investments are also expected to drive the smart glass market towards growth. For instance, Hyundai has announced its plans to invest US$ 3.3 mn in Gauzy, an Israeli smart glass startup. In another development, DNS Capital and Black30 Ventures invested US$19 million dollars in AR smart glass maker MAD Gaze.
  • The use of smart glasses by social media giants to develop new technologies is also expected to boost the growth of the smart glass market. Facebook recently sealed a deal with Plessey, a UK-based display-maker to develop new AR wearable technology.

Green buildings are becoming cornerstones of construction activities across the globe. These buildings are especially popular in developed regions, where environmental conscious consumer, industries, and stringent regulations are paving way for a greener future.

Additionally, green buildings are becoming more attractive for their several economic benefits as well. Green buildings consume less energy and are easier to maintain over the long duration. The smart glass market plays an important role in these economic benefits, by reducing cooling, heating, and lighting costs. The smart glass market offerings also block close to 100% UV light and protects residents from harmful exposure to UV radiation.        

Governments around the world are taking initiatives to promote green development which is driving growth of the smart glass market. The high costs associated with the technology is expected to pose a challenge to its growth during 2016-2024.

However, the global smart glass market is expected to reach US$7.04 by 2024 end, up from US$2.10 bn in 2015.  The global smart glass market is expected to grow at a robust CAGR of 14.50% during 2016-2024.

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Large Scale Adoption in Transport Sector Drives the Global Smart Glass Market

The global smart glass market is in its nascent stages. The established market players are exploring various new opportunities to expand their offerings and applications. The transport sector accounted for over 50% of its total market share in 2015. Hence, the transport sector is emerging as a key sector for the global smart glass market. The smart glass market offerings are quite popular in premium cars. The auto thermal cooling and heating according to external weather changes is extremely important and increases fuel efficiency with less pressure of fuel management on car engines. Hence, smart glass installations on sun roofs, side and rear windows, sun visors are in high demand in the global smart glass market. Additionally, smart glass market has also started catering to aviation sector due to growing demand for digitalization of baggage systems. The growing demand in aviation, and rising demand for automobiles worldwide is expected to drive the global smart glass market during 2016-2024.    

Growing Demand for Green Energy to Drive Growth in North America Region

The global smart glass market is classified into five main regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa. The smart glass market in North America region held the leading share of the global glass market in 2015. It accounted for 30% of the total market share. The region is expected to dominate the global glass market during 2016-2024 as well due to rising focus on renewable and green energy. Rising renewable energy sources like solar energy are expected to drive growth of the global smart glass market in the near future.

Similarly, Asia Pacific regional market is witnessing a significant growth in the global smart glass market. The region promises lucrative opportunities during the forecast period as growing expansion of infrastructure, rising disposable income in Asian countries are expected to drive growth in the smart glass market. Rising demand for smart technologies, solar energy, renewable sources, and growing automobile sales in the region are further expected to fuel demand in the region.

The global smart glass market is a consolidated and competitive landscape. A few key companies in the global smart glass market are Smartglass International Ltd., DuPont, Research Frontiers, Polytronix Inc., and iGlass among others.

Global Smart Glass Market: Overview

Smart glass is a type of glass which changes its illuminating properties if any external stimulus such as heat, light or current is applied to it. Smart glasses are basically classified into two distinct types, active smart glass and passive smart glass. Active smart glass is that type of glass which responds to an electric current whereas passive smart glass is responsive to environmental factors such as heat & light. Smart glass has excessive applications in end-use sectors such as transportation, architectural, consumer electronics and solar power generation.

The report provides in-depth analysis and forecast of the smart glass market on the global as well as regional level. The report includes forecast for the period from 2016 to 2024 in terms of volume (Mn Square Meters) and revenue (US$ Mn). Quantitative data has been derived through extensive secondary research of the global smart glass market. Secondary sources typically include company websites, relevant magazines, government documents, and press releases. The top-down approach has been adopted to derive the regional numbers from global revenue and volume figures.

Furthermore, the bottom-up approach has been employed to derive data for various technology type and end-use sectors based on demand for smart glass in each geographical segment. A combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches helps in validation of the quantitative data of the market. The data was further validated with the help of primary research with industry experts to ensure accuracy of derived numbers.

Global Smart Glass Market: Scope of the Study

Detailed analysis of various factors driving the global smart glass market has been included for astute decision making. Impact of these drivers during the forecast period has been included with data to substantiate research findings. Furthermore, factors restraining market growth have been included for better understanding of the market. Impact of these restraints has been analyzed over the forecast period. The report also comprises various opportunities available for market growth over the next eight years. Opportunities entail untapped or recently explored factors that are anticipated to drive the smart glass market during the forecast period.

The report includes value chain analysis to help understand the industry thoroughly. Value chain analysis comprises detailed evaluation of the roles of various entities involved in the smart glass industry, from raw material suppliers to end-users. Various processes employed in the manufacture of smart glass have been included in the value chain analysis. Porter’s Five Forces model has been included to determine the degree of competition in the market during the forecast period.

Furthermore, market attractiveness analysis has been conducted to analyze application segments that are expected to be lucrative during the forecast period. This is based on various factors such as market size, growth rate, profitability, raw material procurement, and competition in each application segment. Based on technology type, the smart glass market has been segmented into electrochromic, liquid crystal, photochromic, thermochromic, and suspended particle devices. In terms of region, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Demand for smart glass in each technology type has been analyzed and forecast for a period of eight years.

Global Smart Glass Market: Competitive Analysis

The report comprises detailed analysis of all the segments in the regional and global markets and forecast based on current and future trends in the industry in terms of volume (Mn Square Meters) and revenue (US$ Mn). It also comprises profiles of leading companies in the smart glass market. These include Asahi Glass Corporation, DuPont, Research Frontiers, Saint-Gobain Group, and Smartglass International Limited. Various attributes of these companies such as company overview, business strategies, and recent developments form the core of the company profiles section.

This report segments the global smart glass market as follows:

By Technology

  • Electrochromic
  • Liquid Crystal
  • Suspended Particle Device
  • Thermochromic
  • Photochromic

By End User

  • Architectural
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Transportation
  • Solar Power Generation

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan & Korea
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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