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Flexible Glass Market By Application (Lighting, Display, Sensors, Energy Storage, Automotive), By Technology (Down-Draw, Float Glass) – Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025

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Flexible glass is defined as glass possessing a minimum thickness of 25 micrometers (microns). These are also known as “innovative glasses,” as they are thinner and more flexible than human hair. Flexible glass is preferred over plastics, metals, and silicon owing to its optical quality, surface quality, thermal capability, hermeticity, chemical compatibility, and dimensional stability. The development of flexible glass has greatly generated interest among industry players and prompted further research and development for flexible electronics, photovoltaics, and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Therefore, rapid advancements in technology are likely to change next-generation technologies due to the ongoing applications of flexible glass in e-paper, OLED lighting, and roll-to-roll displays.

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On the basis of application, the global flexible glass market is categorized into lighting, display, sensors, energy storage, and automotive. In 2016, the display segment was expected to account for the majority of the total flexible glass market by volume. The display segment is expected to dominate owing to its rapid demand in smartphones owing to its slim and scratch-resistant properties. When compared to rigid glass, its lightweight and low-cost applications enhance its application in the mobile and computing sectors. The recent incorporation of flexible glass in solar PV panels acts as a lucrative opportunity for the market. Recent innovations in flexible glass are expected to lead to the formation of foldable smartphones in the near future. Flexible glass witnesses rapid applications as altering the molecular properties further enhance its brittleness, thereby leading to the formation of a new breed of glass. However, the high cost associated with the manufacturing of these glasses is expected to restrain the market growth.

Geographically, North America is expected to dominate market growth due to rapid advancements in manufacturing technology. The recent development of foldable mobile phones and wearable electronics in clothing has further augmented the market’s growth. The flexible glass market in the Asia Pacific is also expected to witness the fastest growth rate due to rapid demand for improved quality electronic products such as smart watches, smartphones, and others. Growing research and development activities and technological advancements in manufacturing technologies are some of the other factors expected to spur market growth. Apart from that, the advent of new flexible and rollable glass products by key manufacturers such as Corning Inc. and Asahi Glass Co. is another significant factor that makes market competition intense. Another factor driving market demand is the increasing use of solar glass in developing regions, such as the incorporation of solar cells for shading high-rise building glass facades. Collectively, the aforementioned factors are expected to spur market growth.

Some of the key players operating in the market include Asahi Glass, Dow Corning, LG Display Co., Ltd., Nippon Electric Glass, SCHOTT AG, Dupont Display, Sony Corporation, LiSEC Group, Kent Displays, Abrisa Technologies, and other notable players.

On the basis of its applications, the global flexible glass market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Lighting
  • Display
  • Sensors
  • Energy Storage
  • Automotive
  • Others

Flexible glass is also known as ultra-thin glass. It has similar properties to rigid glass, such as higher performance, higher temperature, greater robustness, and higher transparency. Corning, a global glass leader, has conducted research and development to test the usability of flexible glass on printed electronics. And the results have led to the formation of flexible glass, which exhibits the performance of glass along with the flexibility of plastic. Moreover, increasing demand among consumers for portable electronics where energy efficiency, durability, and lightweight are musts has further led to the emergence of new display technologies such as flexible glass. In 2016, display applications dominated the flexible glass market and were expected to maintain their dominance throughout the forecast period.

This glass is being used in broad electronic applications such as displays, solar cells, and roll-to-roll systems to print newspapers. Apart from this, organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which have emerged as a recent display technology, have gained significance in lighting panels due to their light, thin, and shatterproof properties. The incorporation of flexible OLEDs (which have a substrate consisting of plastic, metal, or flexible glass) in mobile devices and TVs has further sparked the growth of the market. In addition, the rapid demand for smartphones, smart gadgets, and tablets globally has further enhanced the application of flexible glass.

Energy storage applications are expected to grow at a rapid pace owing to surging applications of flexible glass in high-power applications. Flexible glass is widely utilized for photovoltaic panels, wind turbine generators, and aerospace electronics. Certain players have discarded the use of conventional fragile glasses and have incorporated the use of flexible glass sheets on solar cells to form flexible solar products. The flexibility of these solar products has further led to the easy and cost-effective installation of solar panels on rooftop applications, such as by gluing panels on the roof. Rising demand for solar energy has further escalated the need for solar panels, which is also a major factor stimulating market growth.

On the basis of its technology, the global flexible glass market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Down-Draw
  • Float Glass

Flexible glass is a thin glass varying in thickness from 1.1 mm down to 25 micrometers. Flexible glass exhibits good surface quality, better optical transmission, and hermeticity. Lightweight, ultrathin, and high-performance flexible electronics, such as photovoltaics, touch sensors, and displays, are becoming increasingly popular among industry players. Therefore, the increased demand for high-quality devices requires high-throughput production methods. The discovery of ultra-slim flexible glass has further elevated the optical transmission characteristics of flexible glass. The optical transmission of flexible glass, for example, is limited to 4% surface reflection loss with no scattering or haze. The improvement in device design and performance with increased process optimization and manufacturing yield has further enabled high resolution in the flexible glass.

The introduction of down-draw technology has led to the increased manufacturing of thin and ultra-thin flexible glass. This process fabricates touch screens and glass wafers to be deployed in wafer-level packaging of semiconductor devices as well as camera image sensors. Currently, this process is expected to register a major share of the market as it rapidly incorporates different types of glass, which are further processed to yield highly flexible thin glass. An increase in demand for flexible thin glass in consumer electronics such as laptops, tablets, and TVs are expected to drive the market in the coming years. Float glass is another method utilized for the production of flexible glass. The floated glass method leads to the formation of distortion-free flat glass, which is increasingly used for windows. Additionally, flexible float glass is essentially used for aesthetic applications in buildings as it provides an attractive exterior surface, which is further expected to augment market growth.

Based on geography, the global flexible glass market is segmented into the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

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In 2016, North America was the largest market, as the U.S. is the largest consumer of flexible glass, owing to higher demand for smart electronics. There is an increasing demand for flexible displays in North America owing to their widespread application in wearable devices, smartphones, televisions, and military equipment, which is expected to penetrate the market in the coming years. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a rapid pace throughout the forecasted period owing to changing lifestyles, the acceptance of western culture, wide-scale industrialization, and a growing population. The rapid adoption of western culture has raised awareness among consumers about the need for better-quality electronic gadgets such as smart watches, smartphones, and cell phones. Increasing research and development activities in developing regions such as China and India by multiple display manufacturers has further led to the advancement of flexible display technology, which is poised to drive market growth. For instance, Samsung is currently involved in producing flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) in order to cater to the growing consumer demand for mobile phones and wearable technologies. Growing consumption of lightweight, handy, and attractive electronic gadgets in Asian economies is further expected to stimulate market growth.

Additionally, Moxi Group, a Chinese company, has innovated a flexible phone that can be easily worn on the wrist like a watch. Furthermore, increasing demand for smartphones and tablets is another factor contributing to market growth.

Chapter 1. Preface
1.1. Report Scope and Description
1.1.1. Purpose of the Report
1.1.2. Target Audience
1.1.3. USP and Key Offering
1.2. Research Scope
1.3. Research Methodology
1.3.1. Phase I-Secondary Research
1.3.2. Phase II-Primary Research
1.3.3. Phase II-Expert Panel Review
1.3.4. Top Down & Bottom Up Approach
1.3.5. Assumptions
1.3.6. Market Segmentation

Chapter 2. Executive Summary
2.1. Global Flexible Glass Market Portraiture
2.1.1. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2016
2.1.2. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2016
2.1.3. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2016

Chapter 3. Flexible Glass Market: Market Dynamics and Future Outlook
3.1. Market Overview
3.2. Value Chain Analysis
3.3. Drivers
3.3.1. Growing Demand For Portable Electronics among Consumers
3.3.2. Growing Demand For Smartphones and Tablets
3.4. Challenges
3.4.1. Rising Costs of Flexible Glass
3.5. Opportunities
3.5.1. Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies
3.5.2. Rapid Adoption of Flexible Glass in Photovoltaic (PV) Applications
3.6. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.7. Attractive Investment Proposition, by Geography
3.8. Competitive Landscape
3.8.1. Competitive Landscape, by Key Players, 2016

Chapter 4. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
4.1. Overview
4.2. Attractive Investment Proposition: Global Flexible Glass Market, by Application
4.3. Lighting
4.4. Display
4.5. Sensors
4.6. Energy Storage
4.7. Automotive
4.8. Others (Residential and Commercial Applications)

Chapter 5. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
5.1. Overview
5.1.1. Attractive Investment Proposition: Global Flexible Glass Market, by Technology
5.2. Down-Draw
5.3. Float Glass

Chapter 6. Global Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.1. Overview
6.2. North America Flexible Glass Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.2.1. North America Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.2. North America Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.3. North America Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.3.1. U.S.
6.2.3.2. Canada
6.3. Europe Flexible Glass Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.3.1. Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.2. Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.3. Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.3.1. Germany
6.3.3.2. Spain
6.3.3.3. France
6.3.3.4. UK
6.3.3.5. Rest of Europe
6.4. Asia Pacific Flexible Glass Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.4.1. Asia Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.2. Asia Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.3. Asia Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.3.1. Japan
6.4.3.2. China
6.4.3.3. India
6.4.3.4. Rest of APAC
6.5. Latin America Flexible Glass Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.5.1. Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.2. Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.3. Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.3.1. Brazil
6.5.3.2. Mexico
6.5.3.3. Rest of Latin America
6.6. Middle East & Africa (MEA) Flexible Glass Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.6.1. MEA Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.2. MEA Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.3. MEA Flexible Glass Market, by Region, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.3.1. GCC
6.6.3.2. Rest of MEA

Chapter 7. Company Profiles
7.1. Corning Inc.
7.1.1. Business Description
7.1.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.1.3. Product Portfolio
7.1.4. Key Developments
7.2. Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd
7.2.1. Business Description
7.2.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.2.3. Product Portfolio
7.2.4. Key Developments
7.3. Asahi Glass Co. Ltd
7.3.1. Business Description
7.3.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.3.3. Product Portfolio
7.3.4. Key Developments
7.4. Schott AG
7.4.1. Business Description
7.4.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.4.3. Product Portfolio
7.4.4. Key Developments
7.5. Abrisa Technologies
7.5.1. Business Description
7.5.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.5.3. Product Portfolio
7.5.4. Key Developments
7.6. Dupont Display
7.6.1. Business Description
7.6.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.6.3. Product Portfolio
7.6.4. Key Developments
7.7. Sony Corporation
7.7.1. Business Description
7.7.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.7.3. Product Portfolio
7.7.4. Key Developments
7.8. LG Display Co. Ltd.
7.8.1. Business Description
7.8.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.8.3. Product Portfolio
7.8.4. Key Developments
7.9. Universal Display Corporation
7.9.1. Business Description
7.9.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.9.3. Product Portfolio
7.9.4. Key Developments
7.10. LiSEC Group
7.10.1. Business Description
7.10.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.10.3. Product Portfolio
7.10.4. Key Developments
7.11. Other Notable Players

List of Figures

FIG. 1 Global Flexible Glass Market: Research Methodology
FIG. 2 Global Flexible Glass Market Value by Technology, 2016 (US$ Mn),
FIG. 3 Global Flexible Glass Market Value by Application, 2016 (US$ Mn),
FIG. 4 Global Flexible Glass Market Value by Geography, 2016 (US$ Mn),
FIG. 5 Global Flexible Glass in Lighting Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 6 Global Flexible Glass in Display Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 7 Global Flexible Glass in Sensors Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 8 Global Flexible Glass in Energy Storage Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 9 Global Flexible Glass in Automotive Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 10 Global Flexible Glass in Others Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 11 Global Flexible Glass Market Share, by Technology, 2016 vs. 2025 (Value %)
FIG. 12 Global Flexible Glass by Down-Draw Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Flexible Glass by Float Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2016 (Value %)
FIG. 15 U.S. Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Canada Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 U.K. Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 18 Germany Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 19 Spain Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 20 France Flexible Glass Market, 2015-2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 21 UK Flexible Glass Market, 2015-2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 22 Rest of Europe Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 23 Japan Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 24 China Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 25 India Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 26 Rest of Asia Pacific Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 27 Brazil Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 28 Mexico Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 29 Rest of Latin America Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 30 GCC Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 31 Rest of Middle East and Africa Flexible Glass Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Market Snapshot: Global Flexible Glass Market Value
TABLE 2 Global Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 3 Global Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 4 Global Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 5 North America Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 6 North America Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 7 North America Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 8 North America Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 9 Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 10 Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 11 Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 12 Europe Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 13 Asia-Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 14 Asia-Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 15 Asia-Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 16 Asia-Pacific Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 17 Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 18 Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 19 Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 20 Latin America Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 21 Middle East and Africa Flexible Glass Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 22 Middle East and Africa Flexible Glass Market, by Technology, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 23 Middle East and Africa Flexible Glass Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 24 Middle East and Africa Flexible Glass Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 25 Corning Inc.: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 26 Dow Corning Corporation: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 27 Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 28 Asahi Glass Co. Ltd: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 29 Schott AG: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 30 Abrisa Technologies: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 31 DuPont Display: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 32 Sony Corporation: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 33 LG Display Co. Ltd.: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 34 Universal Display Corporation: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 35 Lisec Group.: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 36 Other Notable Players.: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of Flexible Glass Market?

The market for Flexible Glass Market is expected to reach USD$ XX Mn in 2025.

What is the Flexible Glass Market CAGR?

The Flexible Glass Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 11.3 %.

What is the Forecast period considered for Flexible Glass Market?

The report is forecasted from 2017 -2025.

What is the base year considered for Flexible Glass Market?

The base year of this report is 2016.

Who are the major players in this market?

Honeywell International, Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, Siemens AG, General Electric (GE) Company, ABB Ltd., Electro-Sensors, Inc., Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, NOHKEN, Inc. are some of the major players in the global market.

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