Impact resistant glass or laminated safety glass is a type of safety glass that remains close together when shattered. When broken, an impact resistant glass is held tight in place by an interlayer, usually made of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), that has been laminated between its two or more layers of glass. Multiple interlayers and thicker glass increase the overall strength and impact or break resistant of the impact resistant glass.
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Laminated safety glass or impact resistant glass is normally used in typical applications such as skylight glazing and automotive windshields. In some hurricane prone geographical areas, impact resistant glass is often used in exterior storefronts and curtain walls and windows. Application of PVB laminated safety glass includes railing, fence, stair, floor, shower room, table top, window, glass sliding door, glass partition, glass skylight, glass curtain wall, glass door, glass facade, windshield, bullet-proof glass, explosion-proof glass, high-speed train windshield, hurricane glass, etc.
The impact resistant glass market can be segmented based on its type of interlayer, end-use industry, and lamination process. In terms of type of interlayer, the impact resistant glass market can be classified into polyvinyl butyral (PVB), ionoplast polymer, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), cast-in-place (CIP) liquid resin, sentry guard plus (SGP), and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Based on end-user industry, the impact resistant glass market can be divided into automotive, architectural, aerospace, and construction & infrastructure industries. The construction & infrastructure industry, followed by the automotive industry, is estimated to be the dominant end-user industry in the impact resistant glass market during the forecast period. In terms of lamination process, the impact resistant glass market can be categorized into light, addition of chemical catalysts, UV, and autoclaving. The autoclaving process is the dominant lamination process segment of the impact resistant glass market.
Rise in middle-class population and rapid economic growth have resulted in increased number of construction activities around the world, which, in turn, has boosted the demand for impact resistant glass. Furthermore, stringent regulations by government bodies on OEM car manufacturers to reduce the loss of property and life in case of accidents is driving the demand for impact resistant glass in the automotive industry. However, high cost of raw materials used in the manufacturing of glass is anticipated to act as a major restraint to the growth of the impact resistant glass market during the forecast period.
Latin America is projected to be a rapidly expanding impact resistant glass market between 2017 and 2022. Stable economic growth, investments in infrastructure projects, and favorable demographic trends including the rising income of the middle-class in the region are driving the demand for impact resistant glass in Latin America. The impact resistant glass market in Middle East & Africa is estimated to witness a significant growth during the forecast period. It can be primarily ascribed to the developing building & construction industry in the Middle East. Asia Pacific was the dominant market for impact resistant glass in 2016, followed by North America and Europe, owing to the increase in demand for impact resistant glass from the construction & infrastructure industry. Increase in focus on modernizing of infrastructure in India, Thailand, and China is projected to augment the demand for impact resistant glass in the next few years. Furthermore, rise in production in the automotive industry is anticipated to drive the growth of the impact resistant glass market in the region.
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Prominent players operating in the global impact resistant glass market include ALPHA IMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS, SAF-GLAS, LLC., CGI Impact Resistant Windows & Doors, PGT INNOVATIONS, LAWSON INDUSTRIES, INC., TITAN GLASS & ALUMINUM, LLC., ECO window systems, and earthwise WINDOWS & DOORS.