Fire Resistant Glass Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

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> Global Fire Resistant Glass Market Expected to reach a high CAGR By 2029: DataM Intelligence

Global Fire Resistant Glass Market is Segmented By Type (Ceramic, Wired
Gel-filled, Tempered, Others), By Application (Building & Construction, Marine, Others), By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029


Market Overview

The "global fire resistant glass market" is growing at a high CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2029.

During a Fire resistance test, fire rated glass (also known as fire-resistant glass) has been proved to protect against fire. The level of protection offered varies depending on the type of fire-resistant glass used, but in general, all fire-resistant glass functions as a barrier to prevent the spread of flames and smoke in the case of a fire. Specific forms of fire-resistant glass also offer some protection (insulation) from the heat of a fire. As a result, fire-rated glass is an integral part of building safety and building regulations stipulate its application.

Conventional window glass will crack when the temperature reaches around 250° F. However, fire-resistant glasses can withstand temperatures up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The necessity for this particular glass is obvious, given that structure fires can reach extraordinarily high temperatures quickly. The fire-resistant glass must pass tests set forth by national test standards to earn its stripes. The tests are done by independent laboratories (such as U.L.), who then issue a rating depending on the results.

Market Dynamics

Global growth in the construction and automotive sector is a major market driver for the fire resistant glass market. Nonetheless, the extremely high cost of these glasses restricts the respective market’s growth prospects.

Growing automotive and construction markets

The automotive industry is booming all around the world. Fire resistant glass is utilized in the automotive industry for side, roof and window panel installations, among other things. In response to rising consumer demand for vehicles with higher safety standards, automakers' increased usage of fire-resistant glasses is driving up market demand in the automotive industry. Furthermore, rising technology developments and rising global car fire safety standards are driving demand.

For example, the Organization Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA) reports that global vehicle manufacturing increased from 6,74,85,823 in 2019 to 5,21,46,292 in 2020 and 5,72,62,777 in 2021. During the projected period, automobiles and their aftermarket usage would significantly enhance the overall demand for automotive glass and fuel the growth of the fire resistant glass market in various countries. During the projected period, automobiles and their aftermarket usage would significantly enhance the overall demand for automotive glass and fuel the growth of the fire resistant glass market in various countries.

Similarly, fire-certified glass can minimize sound by up to 47 decibels because of its multi-layered structure, making it ideal for business settings where professionalism and little noise interruption are essential. Another element boosting demand for fire resistant glass in commercial buildings is the safety benefits. As a result, fire-resistant glasses quickly become a necessary component of commercial structures. In addition, the government is investing extensively in commercial establishments such as airports, hotels, museums and hospitals.

In October 2020, the government of Burkina Faso approved a US$139.34 million finance deal for Lot 2A of the new Ouagadougou-Donsin International Airport. Bulgari agreed to develop a new hotel in the center of Rome in July 2020, with an opening date of 2022. The new Roman hotel will be located in central Italy's Piazza Augusto Imperatore. A new museum will open in Berlin in 2025. The museum is estimated to cost roughly US$ 30.8 million, with the majority of the funds coming from private donations. According to the European government, 40 hospitals will be built between 2020 and 2030. Therefore, the advantages of building fire-resistant glass, combined with the construction market's growth, could also propel the global fire-resistant glass market.

High costs associated with fire resistant glasses

Soda ash, iron oxide, limestone, feldspar and other raw materials required to manufacture fire resistant glass have increased in price in recent years, increasing the cost of fire resistant glass. The trona ore, which develops naturally, is mined for soda ash. The excessive use of trona is limiting soda ash's manufacturing options. The mineral ore trona is suffering due to depleting the earth's natural resources. As trona ore becomes depleted, it impacts the soda ash manufacturing process, raising the cost of the process and, as a result, raising the price of soda ash.

As a result, it could be concluded that the cost of raw materials is constantly increasing or fluctuating due to transportation and logistics, natural resource depletion and more, all of which impact the price of fire resistant glass. Furthermore, the price of fire-resistant glass is proportionate to its function and ability to meet building code requirements. Because fire-resistant glass is subjected to significant research and testing to guarantee that quality and performance standards are reached, it is more expensive. As a result, price volatility and increases in fire resistant glass raw materials are a key issue for the industry's manufacturers, limiting market expansion throughout the projection period.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the fire resistant glass market primarily due to the implementation of lockdown to manage the spread of the virus and restrict the movement of products and people. The epidemic has disrupted supply networks, resulting in a significant demand-supply gap due to a lack of raw materials and disrupted manufacturing processes.

Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the building and construction industry. Construction works have been temporarily halted, postponed, or canceled in several places. Furthermore, the economic slowdown brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic will be a severe impediment to the growth of the fire-resistant glass sector.

However, after the beginning of infrastructure building projects and the stabilization of the economy, demand for fire-rated glass doors and other items is likely to skyrocket.

Segment Analysis

The global fire resistant glass market is subdivided based on type, application and region.

Growing instances of building fires and desire to ensure safety

The fastest-growing application area in the worldwide fire resistant market is building and construction. Fire-resistant glass is increasingly being used in building structures to provide humans with the best protection and safety. These glasses are used in a variety of places, including office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, public walkways, hospitals, museums, airport terminals, households and apartment complexes, as well as noise control applications due to the rising need for top-tier security, the growing need to safeguard government and citizen assets and the improvement of glass technology for disaster avoidance. High-security establishments such as banks, embassies and defense facilities, among others, use high fire resistant glass for security and maximum human protection.

Favorable development trends in developing countries are driving infrastructure expansions. These factors are expected to propel the fire-resistant glass market in the future years. These glasses are commonly used in the construction and building industries to prevent the spread of flames and smoke and impede the transfer of radiant and conductive heat. The market for fire-resistant glasses in this area is driven by rising building safety norms and fire safety laws in significant markets and rising demand for passive fire protection.

Geographical Analysis

Stringent fire regulations in developed North American countries

Because of its rising uses in countries like the United States and Canada, the North American region dominated the global fire resistant market in terms of market share. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was created in the U.S. by insurance firms to standardize fire safety in the country. The Comprehensive Consensus Codes, including NFPA 5000, NFPA 101 and the Life Safety Code, were developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The standards detailed the minimal requirements for protecting occupants in new and existing buildings against poisonous gases, smoke and fire.

NFPA 101 and the Life Safety Code have been approved by nearly 39 states in the U.S., ensuring that buildings are safe and that all systems and services are appropriately maintained. The country's stringent fire safety and building safety requirements are projected to boost the demand for fire resistant glasses in the future years. The aforementioned factors, combined with government requirements, are driving higher demand for fire-resistant glass during the projection period.

Competitive Landscape

The global fire-resistant glass market is highly dynamic in global and local producers' numbers and strength. The market is described as fragmented due to the presence of numerous manufacturers such as Saint-Gobain, SCHOTT AG, NSG Pilkington, Pyroguard, Asahi Glass Co. Ltd, AGC, Inc., GlasTrösch, Diamond Glass, POLFLAM sp. z o.o. and Safti First. Significant market stakeholders employ market tactics like mergers, acquisitions, product launches, contributions and collaborations to gain competitive advantages and recognition in their respective markets.

Saint Gobain

Overview: Saint-Gobain S.A. is a multinational corporation based in France, headquartered in La Défense and Courbevoie on the outskirts of Paris, which was founded in 1665. Though it began as a mirror manufacturer, the company has expanded to encompass construction, high-performance and other materials. Saint-Gobain develops, manufactures and distributes construction, mobility and industrial materials and solutions that address public and private building rehabilitation, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry through a continuous innovation process, sustainability and performance in everyday life. The company employs 167,552 people and is present in 72 countries.

Product Portfolio:

  • CONTRAFLAM STRUCTURE Elegance: As the first flush "butt-joint glass solution" without vertical frame profiles reaching up to EI120, Contraflam Structure sets new norms in the design of transparent fire protection. The product is long-lasting and has a UV stability of more than 2.5 times the standard. The device provides symmetrical butt-joint fire protection for interior and exterior applications. Corners without frame profiles (90°–180°) were evaluated in the product's portrait and landscape applications. Filigran and thinner silicone joints are included in the development, which provide outstanding sound insulation properties.

Key Development:

  • Vetrotech Saint-Gobain International AG enhanced its fire resistant glass product offering on July 15, 2020, by adding greater design diversity. CONTRAFLAM STRUCTURE Elegance and CONTRAFLAM STRUCTURE Vibrance will now have a wider range of color fluctuations, more daylight and higher transparency. Saint-Gobain is also expanding its successful CONTRAFLAM STRUCTURE product line with two new design highlights. The new items are expected to provide more design flexibility in both indoor and protected outdoor applications.

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