Global Markets and Technologies for Smart Glass

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The global market for smart glass-based products increased from nearly $1.8 billion in 2013 to $1.9 billion in 2014. This market is estimated to be valued at nearly $2.1 billion in 2015 and $3.3 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:
-An overview of the global markets for smart glass.
-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013 and 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
-Descriptions and information on smart glass types and fabrication technologies.
-Highlights of new technological developments in smart glass manufacturing while outlining technical issues.
-Identification of important technology and market trends within each market segment.
-Examination of the market's dynamics including drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
-Comprehensive profiles of major players in the smart glass industry.

INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The term smart glass refers to a group of chromogenic materials that change their light-transmission properties when a voltage is applied. The origins of smart glass can be traced back to the year 1704 when the first electrochromic material was discovered, but interest in smart glass technology has experienced significant growth only during the past 40 years.

In fact, beginning in the early 1970s, the number of research activities resulting in patent applications and issued patents related to smart glass increased rapidly, leading to the development of improved fabrication processes, advanced properties and an increased number of applications spanning many industrial sectors.

BCC Research published its first report on smart glass in February 2009. Since then, the market for these materials and related products has continued to expand, and new technological developments and industry changes have also taken place.

The primary goal of this report is to provide new insights into current smart glass technology, as well as to outline technological trends and offer an updated market analysis for these materials.

This study’s major objectives are:
-To provide an updated review of smart glass materials and products, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
-To highlight new technological developments in smart glass manufacturing while outlining current technical issues.
-To review existing fields of application for smart glass and examine emerging applications.
-To estimate current global markets for smart glass by type, application and region, with growth forecasts through 2020 for each market segment.
-To identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
-To offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of smart glass materials, products and fabrication equipment, technology developers and future market participants.
-To provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
-To determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
Smart glass is characterized by its ability to change opacity and/or color when a voltage is applied. This unique behavior has been exploited in numerous applications, ranging from residential and commercial construction and architectural projects to interior design, as well as museum artwork expositions, high-end appliances, advanced displays, automotive mirrors and privacy glass.

In 2011, the market for smart glass based products was valued at approximately $1.5 billion. At less than 5% of the primary flat glass market, smart glass still represents a relatively small segment of the total glass industry, but as the electronic content of many related business sectors increases, so does interest in this technology. In addition, since BCC Research published its last report on this topic in 2012, global economic conditions have continued to improve, smart glass fabrication processes have evolved and several new applications have been developed.

The principal objective of this report is to present a current assessment of the smart glass industry from both a technological and market point of view, as well as to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of this market from a global standpoint. As the use of smart glass-based products expands and new fields of application emerge, information regarding smart glass suppliers and developers and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

An equally important reason for undertaking this report is to provide technical insights into smart glass manufacturing by:

-Providing a review of materials and fabrication technologies.
-Identifying current technological trends.
-Providing an overview of the main global research and development (R&D) activities related to smart glass, resulting in the issuance of patents.
-Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements, as well as new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:
-Manufacture, sell and distribute smart glass based products.
-Supply electrochromic materials, liquid crystals, emulsions and films.
-Manufacture process equipment utilized by producers of smart glass.
-Fabricate advanced glass products.
-Offer coating and lamination services for the glass industry.
-Provide solar- and heat-control devices, as well as related instrumentation.
-Offer technical and/or marketing services for architectural, residential and commercial window installation.
-Provide exterior and interior design applications for the automobile industry.

Overall, this report applies to industry segments such as construction, transportation, aerospace, electronics, energy and consumer products.

The study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within these industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this report to be a good source of technical information regarding smart glass technology, materials and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the smart glass industry.

SCOPE OF REPORT
This report provides an updated review of smart glass technology, including materials and fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for this technology.

BCC Research determines the current market status of smart glass, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The smart glass market is based on the following segments: type, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.

More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections.

In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of smart glass technology is provided, including an outline of recent events. Current and emerging applications for smart glass are also identified and described.

The second section provides a technological review of smart glass types and materials, as well as their fabrication processes. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2012, with a particular focus on emerging technologies, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.

The third section entails a global market analysis of smart glass. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (i.e., smart glass type, application and region) with actual data for the years 2013 and 2014, and estimated revenues for 2015.

The analysis of current smart glass revenues is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for smart glass within each segment, along with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for 2015 through 2020.

In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of smart glass, along with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographic distribution of these suppliers and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

The fifth and final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to smart glass materials, fabrication processes and applications. The patents examined in this study were issued in 2013 and 2014. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application and smart glass type.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
To analyze the overall market and market segments, both primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data.

The technology section is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC Research reports, professional journals, the author’s field experience and online sources.

Global market analysis was performed by a thorough investigation of smart glass manufacturers, raw material suppliers, fabrication equipment producers and new technology developers, accounting for at least 90% of the global market. Data were obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers and users of smart glass and related technologies; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.

Additional data for each company were obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, websites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources and other public sources.

Secondary information sources include:
-U.S. Securities and Exchange commission filings.
-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
-European Patent Office.
-Company websites.
-Company annual reports.
-Thomas Register.
-Moody’s Directory.
-Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Industry Survey.
-Dun and Bradstreet Business Directory.
-American Ceramic Society publications.
-American Chemical Society publications.
-Foreign Chamber of Commerce directories.
-Foreign stock exchange listings.

In addition to utilizing the above primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were compiled by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC Research reports, and the author’s own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.

Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary 7 $0
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3 $250
Table Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Figure Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, 2013-2020

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW 10 $718
INTRODUCTION
MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF SMART GLASS AND RECENT EVENTS
SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS

Chapter- 4: TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS FOR SMART GLASS 18 $1292
INTRODUCTION
SMART GLASS TYPES, MATERIALS AND FABRICATION PROCESSES
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2013 TO PRESENT
OTHER RELEVANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Chapter- 5: GLOBAL MARKETS 35 $2512
ANALYSIS OUTLINE
GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY
CURRENT MARKET STATUS
MARKET GROWTH TRENDS
MARKET FORECAST

Chapter- 6: GLOBAL INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 38 $2727
LEADING SUPPLIERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE SMART GLASS INDUSTRY
COMPANY PROFILES

Chapter- 7: U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS 28 $2009
INTRODUCTION
SUMMARY OF PATENTS AWARDED DURING THE PERIOD FROM 2013 TO 2014
GENERAL TRENDS
TRENDS BY COUNTRY AND REGION
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE
TRENDS BY PATENT CATEGORY
TRENDS BY APPLICATION
TRENDS BY SMART GLASS TYPE

List of Tables
Summary Table : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 1 : SMART GLASS TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES
Table 2 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS, 2015
Table 3 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, 2015
Table 4 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND AEROSPACE SECTOR, 2015
Table 5 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS IN ELECTRONICS AND OPTOELECTRONICS, 2015
Table 6 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS IN THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SECTOR, 2015
Table 7 : SMART GLASS APPLICATIONS IN OPTICS AND OTHER SECTORS, 2015
Table 8 : TRADITIONAL SMART GLASS TECHNOLOGIES
Table 9 : ELECTROCHROMIC MATERIALS, 2015
Table 10 : OTHER RELEVANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES, 2015
Table 11 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 12 : CURRENT MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS, THROUGH 2015
Table 13 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET BY TYPE, THROUGH 2015
Table 14 : GLOBAL PRODUCTS BASED ON ELECTROCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY MARKET BY MATERIAL, THROUGH 2015
Table 15 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2015
Table 16 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2015
Table 17 : GLOBAL FLAT GLASS MARKET FORECAST BY SECTOR, 2015 AND 2020
Table 18 : GLOBAL FLAT GLASS MARKET FORECAST BY REGION, 2015 AND 2020
Table 19 : GLOBAL AEROSPACE MARKET FORECAST BY REGION, 2015 AND 2020
Table 20 : BOEING 787 DREAMLINER NET ORDERS AND DELIVERIES, 2004-2015
Table 21 : BOEING 787 DREAMLINER NET ORDER PERCENTAGE, 2004-2015
Table 22 : GLOBAL ADVANCED DISPLAYS MARKET FORECAST BY TYPE, 2015 AND 2020
Table 23 : GLOBAL PORTABLE COMPUTERS AND E-BOOK READERS MARKET FORECAST, 2015 AND 2020
Table 24 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET FORECAST BY APPLICATION, 2015 AND 2020
Table 25 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET FORECAST BY TYPE, 2015 AND 2020
Table 26 : GLOBAL PRODUCTS BASED ON ELECTROCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY MARKET FORECAST BY MATERIAL, 2015 AND 2020
Table 27 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET FORECAST BY REGION, 2015 AND 2020
Table 28 : LEADING SUPPLIERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS, 2015
Table 29 : LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY TYPE, 2015
Table 30 : LEADING SUPPLIERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY TYPE AND REGION, 2015
Table 31 : OTHER RELEVANT PLAYERS IN THE SMART GLASS INDUSTRY, 2015
Table 32 : U.S. SMART GLASS PATENTS, 2014
Table 33 : U.S. SMART GLASS PATENTS, 2013
Table 34 : U.S. SMART GLASS PATENT TRENDS, 2011-2014
Table 35 : ASSIGNEES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO SMART GLASS, 2013-2014

List of Figures
Summary Figure : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, 2013-2020
Figure 1 : GLOBAL FLAT GLASS INDUSTRY MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2015
Figure 2 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PATENT APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS ISSUED, 1960-2014
Figure 3 : GLOBAL MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS BY SEGMENT, 2013-2020
Figure 4 : CURRENT MARKET FOR SMART GLASS PRODUCTS, 2013-2015
Figure 5 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2015
Figure 6 : GLOBAL PRODUCTS BASED ON ELECTROCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2015
Figure 7 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2015
Figure 8 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2015
Figure 9 : GLOBAL FLAT GLASS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY SECTOR, 2015 AND 2020
Figure 10 : GLOBAL FLAT GLASS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY REGION, 2015 AND 2020
Figure 11 : GLOBAL AEROSPACE MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY REGION, 2015 AND 2020
Figure 12 : GLOBAL ADVANCED DISPLAYS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY TYPE, 2015 AND 2020
Figure 13 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY APPLICATION, 2020
Figure 14 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY TYPE, 2020
Figure 15 : GLOBAL PRODUCTS BASED ON ELECTROCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY MATERIAL, 2020
Figure 16 : GLOBAL SMART GLASS PRODUCTS MARKET SHARE FORECAST BY REGION, 2020
Figure 17 : SUPPLIERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS: DISTRIBUTION BY SIZE, 2015
Figure 18 : HISTORICAL GROWTH OF MANUFACTURERS OF SMART GLASS PRODUCTS
Figure 19 : U.S. SMART GLASS PATENT TRENDS, 2011-2014
Figure 20 : SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO SMART GLASS BY REGION, 2013-2014
Figure 21 : SMART GLASS PATENTS BY COUNTRY, 2013-2014
Figure 22 : SMART GLASS SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2013-2014
Figure 23 : SMART GLASS SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY CATEGORY, 2013-2014
Figure 24 : SMART GLASS SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY APPLICATION, 2013-2014
Figure 25 : SMART GLASS SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2013-2014


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