Global and China Advanced Flat Glass Industry Report, 2011
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Advanced flat glass in the report is defined as automotive glass, electronic display glass, low-e glass and solar glass.

The market size of automotive glass approximates USD15 billion, with around USD13 billion from OE market and USD2 billion from AM market. In OE market, the five titans including AGC, NSG, Fuyao, PGW and Saint-Gobain occupy approximately 85% altogether in the global market, indicating a very high entry threshold.

As for the electronic display glass market, the market size is about USD16.5 billion, of which, large size TFT-LCD substrate registers around USD15.7 billion. As the production of glass substrate requires sophisticated technologies, only four companies, namely, US-based Corning, Japan-based AGC, Nippon Electric Glass and AvanStrate, can make the product. As the world’s largest glass substrate manufacturer jointly invested by Corning and Samsung, Samsung Corning realized revenue of USD4.856 billion in 2010, with the gross margin exceeding 75% as opposed to 5-8% of ordinary flat glass.  

Low-E glass and solar glass are among the hottest investment topics at present, but their gross margin is far less than that of large size TFT-LCD substrate.

In Europe and the USA, the utilization rate of low-E glass is extremely high, but very few buildings are erected each year. In contrast, China inputs huge amounts of money to build public and commercial buildings each year, so it is the largest market of low-E glass. In China’s civil architecture field, the penetration rate of low-e glass is very low due to the exorbitant price, and the market size will see no considerable growth in the short run.

European and American enterprises are taking leading roles in low-e glass market. In particular, PPG, Guardian and Saint-Gobain take a lion’s share of the European and American market. However, due to high transportation cost, these enterprises can thrust into the Chinese market only through joint ventures. Thus far, the three have been very conservative about investments and rarely expanded capacities.   

The market size of solar (PV) glass is relatively small. Solar glass is mainly classified into two categories: one is anti-reflective glass for silicon solar cell, and the other is TCO glass for thin film solar cell. The solar industry is facing unprecedented winter, witnessing grim price competition that causes sharp decline in gross margin. It is estimated that the market size of TCO glass in 2011 will approximate 57.092 million sq m valuing about USD1.3 billion. Due to very high industry admittance threshold, TCO glass market is largely monopolized by AGC and NSG of Japan.   

The nosedive of polycrystalline silicon price has undermined the cost edge of thin film cell. In 2009, the silicon cell was priced at USD2.4/w with the cost around USD2.02/w; the thin film cell was priced at USD1.95/w with the cost around USD1.2/w. Presently, the cost of silicon cell is reduced to below USD1.18/w, while the cost of thin film cell cut down to USD0.92/w. As a result, the cost advantage of thin film cell manufacturers has been weakened significantly. The output of Chinese thin film cell manufacturers is relatively low. The major thin film cell manufacturers worldwide concentrate in the USA, Japan and Germany. Particularly, US-based First Solar occupies an overwhelming share of 50% or so.

Major Flat Glass Manufacturers Worldwide and Their Output Values, 2010-2011 (Unit: USD mln)
1. Overview of Flat (Float) Glass Industry
1.1 Industrial Chain and Market Scale
1.2 Flat (Float) Glass Industry
1.3 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in Europe
1.4 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in Japan
1.5 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in Southeast Asia
1.6 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in the USA
1.7 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in South America
1.8 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in China
1.9 Flat (Float) Glass Industry in CIS

2. High-Performance Flat Glass Industry
2.1 Automotive Glass
2.1.1 Properties
2.1.2 Global Automotive Glass Industry 
2.1.3 Chinese Automotive Glass Industry 
2.2 Low-E Glass
2.2.1 Profile 
2.2.2 Global Low-E Glass Market 
2.2.3 Chinese Low-E Glass Market 
2.2.4 Low-E Glass Production Lines in China 
2.3 Solar (PV) Glass
2.3.1 Solar (PV) Anti-Reflective Glass
2.3.2 Solar (PV) Anti-Reflective Glass Market and Industry
2.3.3 Ultra Clear Patterned Glass
2.3.4 TCO Glass 
2.3.5 TCO Glass Market and Industry
2.4 PV Industry and Market 
2.4.1 PV Market 
2.4.2 Thin-film Solar Cell Industry
2.4.3 PV Industry Rankings  
2.5 Large-Size Electronic Display Glass 
2.6 Ranking of Worldwide Flat Glass Manufacturers

3. Major Glass Manufacturers
3.1 AGC
3.1.1 TFT-LCD Glass Substrate
3.1.2 Solar Glass
3.2 NSG
3.2.1 Solar Glass
3.2.2 Changchun Pilkington Safety Glass
3.2.3 Guilin Pilkington Safety Glass
3.2.4 Jiangsu Pilkington SYP Glass
3.2.5 Changshu SYP Special Glass
3.2.6 Wuhan Yaohua Pilkington Safety Glass
3.3 Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass
3.4 Xinyi Glass
3.4.1 Automotive Glass
3.4.2 PV Products
3.5 Fuyao Glass
3.6 Saint-Gobain
3.7 Pittsburgh Glass Works
3.8 Taiwan Glass
3.9 Guardian
3.10 NEG
3.11 CGC
3.12 CSG
3.12.1 Flat Glass Division
3.12.2 Architectural Glass Division
3.12.3 Fine Glass Division
3.12.4 Solar (PV) Division
3.13 Shandong Jinjing Science & Technology
3.14 China Glass Holdings
3.15 Corning
3.16 PPG
3.17 Zhuzhou Kibing Group 
3.18 Zhejiang Glass
3.19 Farun Group
3.20 Jiangsu Xiuqiang Glasswork
3.21 AVIC Sanxin
3.22 Changzhou Almaden
3.23 Sunarc
3.24 Centrosolar Glas
3.25 Topray Solar
3.26 Guangdong Golden Glass
3.27 Interfloat
3.28 Hubei Sanxia New Building Materials
3.29 Henan Ancai Hi-Tech
3.30 Sisecam
Ranking of Global Top 15 Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers by Capacity 
Global Flat (Float) Glass Market by Region, 2008
Global Flat (Float) Glass Market by Region, 2011
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Europe, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Europe, 2011
Flat (Float) Glass Production Bases in Europe, 2008
Flat (Float) Glass Production Bases in Europe, 2010
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Japan, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Japan, 2011
Flat (Float) Glass Production Bases in Southeast Asia, 2010
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Southeast Asia, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in Southeast Asia, 2011
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in the USA, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in the USA, 2011
Major Production Bases of Leading US-Based Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers, 2008
Major Production Bases of Leading US-Based Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers, 2010
Flat (Float) Glass Production Bases in South America, 2010
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in South America, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in South America, 2011
High-Quality Float Glass Production Bases in China, 2010
Market Occupancy of High-Quality Float Glass Manufacturers in China, 2011
FSU Float Glass Production Bases, 2010
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in CIS, 2008
Market Occupancy of Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers in CIS, 2011
Cost Structure of Float Glass
Cost Structure of Auto Glass
Market Occupancy of Leading Auto Glass OE Manufacturers Worldwide, 2011
Market Occupancy of Auto Glass OE Manufacturers in Asia-Pacific, 2011
Market Occupancy of Auto Glass OE Manufacturers in Europe, 2011
Market Occupancy of Auto Glass OE Manufacturers in America, 2011
Supply-Demand Relationship in China Auto Glass Industry 
Market Occupancy of Leading Sedan OEM Manufacturers in China, 2011
Global Low-E Glass Market by Region, 2011
Low-E Glass Market in China, 2005-2012
Global TCO Glass Market Scale, 2005-2012
Global Newly Installed PV Capacity, 2000-2012
Newly Installed PV Capacity Beyond Europe by Region, 2010
Newly Installed PV Capacity in Europe by Region, 2010
Newly Installed PV Capacity Worldwide, 2000-2015
Global Solar Cell Output by Region, 2010
Ranking of Global Top 15 Solar Cell Manufacturers, 2010
Ranking of Global Top 15 Solar Cell Module Manufacturers by Output, 2010
Ranking of Global Top 10 Thin-Film Solar Cell Manufacturers by Output, 2010
Market Occupancy of Global Large-Size Electronic Display Screen Manufacturers, 2011
Revenue and Operating Margin of AGC, 2004-2011
Revenue and Operating Margin of Flat (Float) Glass Division of AGC, 1999-2011H1
Revenue and Operating Margin of Electronic Display and Materials Division of AGC, 1999-2011H1
Revenue and Operating Margin of Chemicals Division of AGC, 1999-2011H1
Revenue and Operating Margin of Other Divisions of AGC, 1999-2011H1
Revenue of AGC by Region, 2008-2011H1
Product Revenue Structure of AGC’s Flat (Float) Glass Division, 2008-2011H1
Revenue of AGC by Region, 2010
Revenue of AGC’s Electronic Display and Materials Division by Product, 2008-2011H1
Revenue of AGC’s Chemicals Division by Product, 2008-2011H1
Revenue of AGC’s Solar-Related Businesses, 2008-2015
Investment Quota of AGC by Division, FY2008-FY2011 
Revenue and Operating Margin of NSG, FY2005-FY2012
Revenue of NSG by Division and Region, FY2011
Operating Income of NSG by Division and Region, FY2011
Revenue of NSG by Division, FY2012Q1
Regional Performance of NSG’s Auto Glass Division, FY2012Q1
Revenue and Operating Income of SYP Glass, 2003-2011
Shareholder Structure of SYP Glass 
Revenue and Gross Margin of Xinyi Glass, 2004-2011
Revenue and Operating Margin of Xinyi Glass, 2004-2011
Revenue of Xinyi Glass by Product, 2007-2011H1
Revenue of Xinyi Glass by Region, 2009-2011H1
Revenue and Gross Margin of Auto Glass Business of Xinyi Glass, 2007-2011
Auto Glass Sales Volume and Average Price of Xinyi Glass, 2007-2011
Revenue and Operating Margin of Fuyao Glass, 2006-2011
Revenue of Saint-Gobain by Region, 2010/Jan.-Sep. 2011
NEG Customer Structure, FY2011
Revenue of NEG by Region, FY2011
Revenue of CGC by Product, FY2011
Revenue of CGC by Region, FY2011
Revenue and Profit Margin of CSG, 2006-2011
Revenue of CSG by Division, 2007-2011H1
Revenue of CSG by Region, 2009-2010
Gross Margin of Shandong Jinjing Science & Technology by Division, 2007-2011
Revenue of Shandong Jinjing Science & Technology by Product, 2006-2010
Revenue and Net Income of Corning’s Display Technology Division, 2008-2011H1
Revenue of PPG by Division, 2001/2010
Revenue of PPG by Region, 2001/2010
Revenue of PPG by Division, 2010, Jan.-Sep. 2011
Operating Margin of PPG by Division, 2010, Jan.-Sep. 2011
Revenue of Jiangsu Xiuqiang Glasswork by Business, 2007-2011
Revenue of AVIC Sanxin by Business, 2008-2010
Revenue of Centrosolar by Division, 2007-2010
Revenue from Export of Centrosolar, 2007-2010
EBITDA of Centrosolar, 2007-2010
Revenue of Topray Solar by Product, 2007-2011
Revenue of Guangdong Golden Glass by Product, 2007-2010
Revenue and EBITDA of Sisecam by Division, 2010
Revenue of Sisecam by Region, 2010
Revenue and EBITDA Margin of Flat Glass Division of Sisecam, 2006-2010
Flat Glass Output of Sisecam, 2004-2010

Global Flat (Float) Glass Market Scale, 2008/2010
Ranking of Global Leading Flat (Float) Glass Manufacturers by Revenue, 2010-2011
Capacity of Top 10 Float Glass Manufacturers in China
China’s Output of Float Glass by Province, 2010
Ranking of Leading Auto Glass Manufacturers Worldwide by Revenue, 2010-2011
Capacities of Ultra-Clear Patterned Glass Manufacturers in China
TCO Glass Production Lines in China
Revenue of Large-Size Electronic Display Screen Manufacturers Worldwide, 2010/2011
Ranking of Global Flat Glass Manufacturers by Revenue, 2010-2011
Financial Data of AGC Automotive Glass (China), 2005-2009
Brief Financial Data of SYP, 2003-2010
Production Lines of Fuyao Glass
Production Bases of Fuyao Glass
Revenue of Auto Glass Subsidiaries of Saint-Gobain, 2007-2010
Financial Situation of NEG’s Major Joint Ventures, FY2011
Revenue of Zhuzhou Kibing by Product, 2008-2010
Major Customers of Jiangsu Xiuqiang Glasswork’s Solar (PV) Glass Business
Top 5 Suppliers of Changzhou Almaden, 2011H1
Revenue of Interfloat by Region, FY2009-FY2011

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