Demand fractures: Uncertain conditions are expected to cause revenue to decline in 2018-19

Industry operators shape, bend, etch, bond and otherwise process flat glass. The finished products are used in building construction and automotive and furniture manufacturing. Industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.4% over the five years through 2018-19. This can be attributed to declining demand from office and shop furniture manufacturing brought on by the EU referendum result, which discouraged businesses from refurbishing work. However, government assistance has supported downstream residential construction over the past five years, which has aided the industry’s performance.During 2018-19, revenue is expected to decline by 1.8% to £1.7 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Uncertainty since the EU referendum is likely to cause revenue to fall in the current year
  • Weaker investment into motor vehicle manufacturing since the EU referendum has negatively affected demand
  • Government schemes to support the construction of homes are expected to boost industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    This industry has a moderate level of capital intensity. Much of the glass processing machinery operated by small-scale manufacturers is rudimentary and principally used to cut and frame insulated glass units. However, larger specialist toughened and laminated glass manufacturers have significantly higher capital considerations, boosting capital costs.A common measure of an industry's capital intensity is the ratio of labour costs to capital depreciation. This compares the amount spent on equipment with wage expenditure. The Flat Glass Shaping and Processing industry has high labour requirements, which is common in manufacturing industries. The industry's capital intensity ratio of 1:5.73 suggests that for every £1.00 spent on capital, £5.73 is spent on labour...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry are

  • Having good working relationships with subcontracting building trade specialists
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry?

    Firms in this industry specialise in processing flat glass. This involves shaping, etching, bending and bonding. The industry produces higher value products used predominantly for architectural and automotive glazing, or in decorative furnishing.

    Industry Products
  • Insulated glass units
  • Toughened safety glass
  • Laminated safety
  • Glass mirrors
  • Decorative glass
  • Optical glass
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing laminated glass
  • Manufacturing toughened or tempered glass
  • Manufacturing insulated glass units
  • Manufacturing automotive glass
  • Manufacturing glass mirrors
  • Manufacturing optical glass
  • Manufacturing non-toughened decorative glass that has been screen printed, sandblasted or acid etched
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from office and shop furniture manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Reinforced demand
  • Chipped away
  • Further reflection
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Supporting construction
  • Unclear future
  • Innovative climate
  • Technology trends
  • Table: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Office & Shop Furniture Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Gas Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Lime & Plaster Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Insulated glass units
  • Toughened safety glass
  • Laminated safety
  • Glass mirrors
  • Decorative glass
  • Optical glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Building contractors and developers
  • Glazing, joinery and shopfitting contractors
  • Automotive manufacturers, repairers and wholesalers
  • Building supply wholesalers and general retailers
  • Property managers, social landlords and homeowners
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Shaping & Processing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd,
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Flat Glass Shaping & Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A low wall consisting of a row of short posts topped by a long rail.
  • Fenestration
  • The design and placement of windows in a building.
  • Float Glass Production
  • A way of making high-quality sheet glass by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal (usually tin).
  • Laminated Glass
  • Glass made by sandwiching plastic layers between two or more sheets of glass and binding them together by heating them in a pressurised autoclave.
  • Toughened Glass
  • Glass that has undergone a special thermal or chemical process to make it particularly resistant to breakages.
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