Germany Glass Industry Outlook 2018 – Growing Demand for Flat Glass to Foster Growth
The report also includes competitive analysis and profiles of all the major players operating in the industry. The future projections are also included in the report to provide an insight of future prospects for the German glass industry. The German glass industry performed well in sectors such as optics, pharmaceutical packaging, medical equipments and others catering to the elderly population. It has been observed that there has been a significant increase in demand from the optical glass sector which is used for making lenses and eye wear. Additionally, there has been an increase in the demand for medicines due to increased number of ailments, thus increasing the demand for packaging glass used to store medicines and chemicals. The German glass industry is in a transition phase, where the focus of glass as a packaging and storage product is shifting to more advanced and innovative glass products. There have been fluctuations in the total revenue generated by the glass industry. The impact of euro crisis was clearly visible on this industry with fall in production and revenues. Germany is overcoming from euro crisis with the help of continuous efforts made by the government. The total revenue of the German glass industry recorded a growth of % from 2009 to 2012. Over the years, flat glass has been one of the dominating segments in terms of revenue generation followed closely by container glass, which recorded a growth of % since 2010-2012. Major advancement in the field of technology and production of innovative glass products has set a path of growth for the German glass industry in the coming years. The contribution of container glass industry on the other hand declined in 2011 from 23,2 % in 2009 to 19,2 % in 2011. This decline in the production can be attributed to the availability of alternative packaging materials such as plastics; mainly PET (polyethylene terephthalate), metals- steel, aluminum and laminated cartons. The German glass industry is a highly fragmented market with more than 400 domestic and international players in the market. Some of the major players that exist in the market include Ardagh Group, Osram Licht AG, Schott AG, Gerresheimer, Saint Gobain, Wiegand Glas, Heinz-Glas GmbH, Pilkington Deutschland AG and others. The future of Germany glass industry is expected to be favorable as the use of glass as a specialized material in various industries has gained continuous momentum. Changing needs and advanced technology has
opened doors for alternate usage of glass and not just for decorative and storage purpose. The improving economy of Germany and other European countries has led to increase in the demand for glass from various related industries. The revenue generated by the glass industry of Germany is projected to be USD 12,4 billion in 2014 and is expected to further increase to USD billion in 2015 witnessing a growth rate of %. The CAGR from the year 2013-2018 is projected to be 4,3 %, recording total revenue of USD billion by 2018 (Source: http://www.researchmoz.us/glass-market-reports-155.html).