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The global fiberglass market has experienced substantial growth, with China leading as the top producer and holding a 31% market share. The market is estimated to have a CAGR of 4.3% during 2018-2028. France, as a key player, holds roughly 8.3% of the total lens production worldwide, with a market size of about 800 million euros. Major leaders include Saint Gobain and its subsidiary Isover, Owens Corning, and Xella. Glass fiber finds applications in various sectors, with buildings and infrastructure accounting for 29% of global demand. The transportation sector, particularly aeronautics and automotive industries, is also a significant consumer. French exports of glass fibers are primarily directed to Germany, Spain, and Belgium, with imports mainly coming from Belgium and Spain. Industry challenges include competition from ecological insulators like wood wool and hemp. Regulations supporting energy renovation have emerged, offering tax incentives and loans to encourage energy-efficient retrofitting, thus potentially increasing the demand for insulation materials, including fiberglass. Data starting from 2020 shows that these trends are likely part of an ongoing pattern of growth and adaptation in the market..The fiberglass market in the concerned country has seen significant trends in various sectors such as construction, transportation, and electronics due to its properties like insulation, reinforcement, and optical transmission. Demand is particularly high in the building and infrastructure sector, accounting for nearly 30% of the total demand, where fiberglass is commonly used in thermal insulation materials like glass wool as well as in certain types of glass-fiber reinforced concrete and wall coverings. In the transport sector, which represents about 25% of the fiberglass demand, the aeronautics industry utilizes fiberglass in aircraft fuselages, particularly in the hull and heat shields. The automotive industry also uses fiberglass in the production of some bodywork and vehicle interior parts. Furthermore, the electronic and electrical industries demand fiberglass for its excellent light and signal conduction properties, using it in medical endoscopy and telecommunications. The sports and leisure sector makes up roughly 14% of the fiberglass demand, with the material being found in equipment that requires a combination of flexibility and rigidity, such as athletic poles and tennis rackets. Additionally, about 11% of the demand stems from the industrial equipment sector, where fiberglass is featured in urban lighting and chemical glassware, for example. On the supply side, several key players dominate the market, with Saint Gobain and its subsidiary Isover at the forefront, followed by other significant companies like Owens Corning and Xella. Despite representing less than 10% of the global lens production, the French production of glass fibers forms a crucial segment of the market. Although the fiberglass market is witnessing positive growth, it faces emerging indirect competition from eco-friendly insulation materials such as wood wool and hemp, which offer advantages due to their lower environmental impact and regulations supporting energy-efficient building renovations. The fiberglass market has seen a mixed pattern of production indices across the region, with variations in manufacturing output, trade balance, and revenue growth. Overall, the market is influenced by state support in the energy renovation sector, pushing for advancements in fiberglass applications while also contending with the increasing popularity of alternative, eco-friendly materials..### "Key Manufacturers Shaping the Fiberglass Market Landscape" The fiberglass market is influenced by several prominent manufacturers, each contributing to the industry's dynamics with their specialized products and manufacturing expertise. Saint-Gobain Isover stands out as a dominant force, celebrated for its innovation and extensive distribution of fiberglass solutions, particularly in the insulation segment. With a rich heritage and commitment to quality, Isover continues to set industry benchmarks for performance and sustainability. Owens Corning, with its OCV Chambéry France subsidiary, is another significant player, recognized for its advanced glass fiber technologies and materials that serve a broad range of markets including building and construction, transportation, and industrial applications. Their expertise in providing high-quality fiberglass materials has earned them a reputation for excellence and reliability. Xella's Ursa France division mirrors a strong presence in the market, catering to the growing demand for energy-efficient building materials. Their product range is well-regarded for enhancing thermal and acoustic insulation in various construction projects, contributing to greener and more sustainable living environments. Corning France is a name synonymous with innovation in specialty glass and ceramics. Their fiberglass products play a crucial role in high-tech applications, solidifying their position as a leader in materials science that enables advancements in a myriad of industries. Knauf Insulation Lannemezan, part of the globally recognized Knauf Group, offers a portfolio of insulation products that emphasize both performance and eco-friendliness. Their solutions are pivotal in meeting the energy-saving requirements of modern infrastructure, helping to create comfortable and energy-efficient spaces. The Chomarat Textiles Industries group brings expertise in composite materials, offering advanced textiles reinforced with glass fibers. Their commitment to technological innovation allows them to cater to a wide range of applications, including the automotive, sports, and leisure sectors. Morgan Advanced Materials' Thermal Ceramics France subsidiary is distinguished for its high-temperature insulation solutions. Their cutting-edge materials are essential for industrial applications that demand exceptional thermal management and resistance to extreme environments. Lydall Performance Materials, a part of the Lydall Inc. group, provides specialty engineered products for thermal and acoustical barriers, filtration, and other applications where the consistent performance of fiberglass materials is critical. Lastly, Saint-Gobain Quartz further exemplifies the strength of the Saint-Gobain group in the specialty materials sector. They focus on high-purity quartz products that find applications in lighting, semiconductors, and other high-performance industries, showcasing the versatility and innovation of glass fiber technology. Together, these companies form a
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1.1 Definition and scope of study

Fiberglass is a filamentous material obtained by stretching softened or melted glass [Larousse]. Since its patenting in 1930, fiberglass has become an essential element of insulation and construction in many industries: buildings, transport, electricity, sports, leisure and industrial equipment.

The manufacture of glass fibers in France is included under the code 23.14Z in the nomenclature of French activities (INSEE). We will therefore focus on the companies included in this class. The fiberglass market is a sub-segment of the glass and glassware market which is itself included in non-metallic mineral products.

France counted 200 companies in the glass market in 2016, and, therefore, less than 200 companies in the glass fiber market, which makes it a market with relatively few players involved. The market leaders are Saint Gobain and its subsidiary Isover, Owens Corning (United States) and Xella (Germany). The French production of glass fibers represents approximately 8,3% of the global market for total lens production.

The market is driven upwards by the following factors: very dynamic aeronautics and automotive industries on the one hand, and energy renovation and new construction on the other hand. The latter segment faces an imposing regulatory framework.

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Plastics: tug-of-war over Knauf plant closures - 18/07/2023
  • 123 employees affected by the closure of several Knauf Industries sites
  • Knauf Industries has five plants in France: Pithiviers (Loiret), Duclair (Seine-Maritime), Rhinau (Bas-Rhin) and Saint-Sauveur-d'Aunis (Charente-Maritime) are to close, while the Vendargues site (Hérault) will be transformed into a logistics platform
  • These sites account for a quarter of Knauf Industries' production facilities in France
  • Knauf Industries' sales in France in 2022 are expected to be around 200 million, down 15%
  • The division employs almost 2,000 people in eight countries, including around 760 in France
Plastics manufacturer Knauf Industries closes 4 sites in France - 01/07/2023
  • Knauf industrie plans to close four sites in France.
  • The Knauf group achieved sales of 15.4 billion euros.
  • The group employs over 41,500 people at 300 sites worldwide.

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Isover Saint-Gobain
OCV Chambéry France
Ursa France (Xella)
Chomarat Textiles Industries
Thermal Ceramics (Morgan Advanced Material)
Lydall Performance Materials
Saint-Gobain Quartz

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