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US advanced flat glass demand to grow 9.6% annually through the year 2006.

Demand for advanced flat glass in the US is forecast to grow 9.6 percent per year to $2.6 billion in 2006, representing 22 percent of the total fabricated flat glass market in the US at that time. These figures encompass solar control Glass (low-emissivity, reflective and smart glass), security glass (bullet- and burglary-resistant and fire-rated glass) and other emerging niche products, such as HUD (heads up display) windscreens, ultraclear glass and self cleaning glass. Three distinct but interrelated drivers are promoting gains for these products: efforts to improve energy efficiency in buildings and automobiles; heightened security concerns; and demand for products exhibiting improved safety and convenience features. These and other trends are presented in Advanced Flat Glass: Smart, Self-Cleaning, Security & Other Value Added Products, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Demand for advanced flat glass will accelerate based on rapid market base expansion for a range of innovative new products. Among the products forecast to see impressive gains are smart glass, particularly electrochromic windows; self-cleaning glass, which is architectural glass that has been coated to improve water sheeting properties and thus reduce (though not eliminate) the need for washing; and HUD windscreens in motor vehicles, which allow critical data to be superimposed on the windshield.

Perhaps the most significant of these introductions is smart glass, where demand is forecast to expand nearly 20 percent per year to $445 million in 2006, driven by the large-scale commercial introduction of smart windows for homes and commercial buildings. These windows, which can be lightened and darkened on command, offer unprecedented control, aesthetics and energy efficiency, though high prices and the need to integrate their use with the building's heating and air conditioning systems will initially relegate them to high end custom built homes.

Market gains also will benefit from stable demand for a range of more established solar control and security products. The market for security glass, particularly bullet- and burglary-resistant glazings, has seen a sharp but likely temporary spike related to enhanced domestic security measures in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 2001. In particular, security glass is being installed in many government buildings, research facilities and laboratories.

Advanced Flat Glass: Smart, Self-Cleaning, Security & Other Value-Added Products (published 06/2002, 194 pages)is available for $3,700 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail Information may also be obtained through

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(million dollars)

 % Annual Growth

Item 1996 2001 2006 01/96 06/01

Advanced Flat Glass Demand 1095 1668 2635 8.8 9.6
 Solar Control Glass 600 968 1495 10.0 9.1
 Security & Safety Glass 345 465 695 6.2 8.4
 Other Advanced Flat Glass * 150 235 445 9.4 13.6

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* HUD windscreens, ultraclear & self-clean glass
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Date:Jul 8, 2002
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