Global and Chinese 2011-2012 Low-E Glass Industry Report

  Industry update

The report makes a detailed market analysis on global and China Low-E glass industry. As for companies, this report studies four multinational corporations (PPG Industries, NSG, AGC, and Saint-Gobain) and 13 Chinese companies.

Loweglass
Low E glass coatings work by reflecting or absorbing IR light (heat energy)
The development of the Low-E glass industry is closely related to countries’ policy support for energy efficiency of buildings. In Europe and America, the penetration rate of the Low-E glass has quickly climbed to more than 85% over seven years under the support of policies. At present, China is following this route. In 2011, Chinese Low-E glass industry maintained a strong momentum, and the annual Low-E glass output reached 87 million square meters, up 38% from a year earlier. However, China’s demand for Low-E glass was high up to 92.7 million square meters in 2011, thus still remaining a supply gap. In May, 2012, China's 'Twelfth Five-year Building Energy-saving Plan” was introduced, an engine for the evolution of the Low-E glass industry.
In 2011, as many production lines were completed and put into operation successively, China’s Low-E glass capacity grew rapidly and the annual capacity broke through 100 million square meters. Meanwhile, there were about 20 Low-E production lines under construction, most with a designed capacity of above 2 million square meters, while the largest production line boasted the capacity of 10 million square meters per year.
In H1 2012, the development of online Low-E glass sped up. Among the new production lines, the number of the ones with the capacity of 10 million square meters per annum keeps growing, and they tend to be the new investment hot spots.
Currently, the Low-E glass production technology and equipment are mainly imported f...
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