1.1 Definition and scope of the study
Flat glass refers to the sheet glass which is mainly used for the production of glazing and mirrors . The flat glass market is part of the wider glass market and is one of the main glass groups, together with hollow glass, cellular glass and glass fibres
The flat glass market brings together the production, shaping and processing of flat glass The company's products are used to make a variety of processed products, such as window glazing, shower walls, refrigerator shelves, glass ceramic hobs, windshields and mirrors. These processed products are mainly destined for the construction which accounts for 80% of the outlets and to the automotive industry (15%)
The main players in the flat glass market are thus the raw material suppliers (minerals or recycled glass), the raw flat glass manufacturers s, the manufacturers of processed flat glass s, the distributors flat glass (manufacturers' sales subsidiaries, traders) and the customer markets (building joinery manufacturers, car manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, etc.).
The production of flat glass is constantly global growth in both volume and value,,a trend that is expected to remain stable over the next few years,,driven by the automotive and,constructionn markets in emerging countries. In Europe,,Germany,,France anddPoland are the top three flat glass producers.
The he French market declined by 3.2% in 2019, after uninterrupted growth since 2015 Slower growth in the construction market, combined with the decline in automobile production, has depressed demand for flat glass. The epidemic linked to the Covid-19 has also penalized the flat glass industry, in particular through the negative impact it has had on its customer markets. On the other hand, the thermal and energy renovation work s, encouraged by public authorities, as well as the growth of the photovoltaic industry The Group's sales in the flat glass market are growing and are having a positive impact on the flat glass market. Innovation is also a significant growth driver in this market.
In France, the main players in the sector are Saint-Gobain, AGC, Riou Glass, Devglass, Ficosa or SMR . While most of them manufacture only processed flat glass (Devglass, Ficosa, SMR, Calorivier or VIT), some players also manufacture raw flat glass (Saint-Gobain, AGC, Riou Glass or Glas Trösch).
The manufacture of raw flat glass is thus more concentrated than the processing of glass, since in 2018, 12 companies were manufacturing raw flat glass in France, while 357 companies had as their main activity the shaping and processing of flat glass .
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