Ultra-Thin Glass Market Research Report – Forecast to 2030

Ultra-thin Glass Market Information: By Manufacturing Process (Float, Fusion), By Thickness (< 0.1 mm, 0.1-0.5 mm), By Application (Touch Panel Display, Semiconductors) and By End-use Industry (Electrical & Electronics, Automotive) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/4483-CR | July 2018 | Region: Global | 212 pages

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Ultra-Thin Glass Market Overview


Market Research Future (MRFR) presumes that the Ultra-Thin Glass Market can project strong growth at a rate of 12.01% over the assessment period (2021-2030).


Ultra-thin glass is one of the high-end glasses available in the market. It is a glass that is thinner than a single strand of human hair. Glass has many benefits than other popular materials. Materials such as metals, plastics, and silicon are smaller and are denser in size. However, thin glasses have Superior optical quality, consistency, thermal stability, and mechanical resilience. These benefits make thin glass exceptional than its competitors. 


The global ultra-thin glass market is diversified into various categories. The segmentations are biotechnology, automotive, electrical sectors and applications. Today, thinner glass is suitable for many purposes. Especially creating Digital signs with thin glass is prevalent in many regions. Electronic paper, touch panel displays, and semiconductors are other popular segments in the market. The touch panel displays hold the highest shares in the market.


 These electronics consumers require thinner touch panels that increase the quality of these products. 0.1 to 0.5 mm is a variation in the ultra-thin glass segment. From display panels, fingerprint sensors and other applications have surging demand. The ultra-thin glass is sensitive, conductive and highly flexible. Using thin glasses for biometric purposes is gaining a wide range of traction. They are thin but not fragile like low-quality glasses. The features and qualities of ultra-thin glasses attract many emend users. These trends in the market contribute to high ultra-thin glass market value. 


Covid analysis 


The outbreak of covid 19 is changing the outlook of many global industries. Industries are halting their production operations as a result of the COVID-19. Prevalent lockdown diminish product demand and production in many regions. The need for safety and the need to slow down disease spread is a social responsibility of industries.


 Supply chain problems are rising market issues. Due to the pandemic, demand for ultra-thin glass has decreased in Europe. The United States and North America regional players suffer losses. The majority of businesses are attempting to resume their operations by increasing production. Strengthening their supply networks will create slight improvements.


Newer waves of covid will cause more challenges in the market. Raw material scarcity and delays are disturbing the production. Disturbances in financial flows are affecting growth. The key end-user of the market that is the electronics industry is declining demand. However, post covid 19 scenario of the market seems positive. 


Market dynamics 



  • Crucial market drivers 


Demand from the automotive industry will create high demand for the market. Automotive manufacturers are focusing to reduce the weight of their vehicles. This will improve fuel efficiency in transports. Glass is exceptional quality material used in automobiles. Glass in mirrors and other areas of the vehicles can increase weight.


To adopt new glasses the manufactures of the automotive industry prefer ultra-thin glasses. This can help them to reduce the overall weight of vehicles. The ultra-thin glasses are durable and flexible that is suitable for vehicles. They do not break easily than heavyweight glasses. These properties of ultra-thin glass will drive demand among automotive end-users.


 Further, his rapid expansion of the semiconductor industry is a crucial driver of the market. There is favourable demand for in this sector. Strong growth of the semiconductor industry with the rapid rise in 5g technologies will positively impact the market. The growing demand in the market will create high ultra-thin glass industry.



  • The market growth opportunities 


The rising demand in the fitness devices sector will create high growth opportunities in the market. Today, top fitness brands use ultra-thin glasses on their equipment. Smartwatches and fitness bands use ultra-thin glasses. They are touch-sensitive and durable that makes them highly suitable for the market.


Today, fitness enthusiasts are growing. Need to be healthy is becoming important in the market. It is leading to high growth opportunities in the market. Research and development in the market will create more opportunities. The ultra-thin glass segments are taking research initiatives. The rise in investments is causing this trend in the market. The research will expand the product range of this market. Furthermore, significant developments in the science and technology of the electronics sector will provide growth opportunities. The ultra-thin is a appealing option for glassmakers.


Extensive research in display technology, tiny batteries, and flexible phones will increase adoption. Further, the ultra-thin glass industry may benefit from the rise of the semiconductor and solar energy industries. The growing demand in these markets will create favourable changes in the ultra-thin glass market. Also, revenue rates will widely increase for the market. 



  • The market restraints 


The ultra-thin glasses are durable and sturdy. However, the fact that ultra-thin glass can shatter in harsh situations. Overheating can cause this glass to shatter. Especially, this issue is prevalent in the electronics market. The devices can easily overheat and break. A great deal of care is required in the manufacturing of these ultrathin glasses. .


Demand from the end-users are reducing due to shattering and complication in manufacturing of the product. Also, high cost is a retaining factor of the market. Ultra-thin glasses are costlier than regular glasses. It creates various declines in demand and supply of the product. 



  • The market challenges 


Raw material price fluctuations are challenges in the market. The instability of raw materials prices can create challenges for the market. Stakeholders are facing losses and inconsistencies due to fluctuations. The cost associated with raw materials makes the total production cost high. Deviation in the price can severely impact the overall production cost.


The cost of the final product and other manufacturing costs are affected due to these reasons. The less awareness of ultra tin glasses in some regions is another major restraint. The ultra-thin glass is lacking awareness in developing markets. 



  • Cumulative growth analysis 


Ultra-thin glass market trends are decent in the forecast period. There are plenty of factors that contribute to the growth of this market. Demand for the 0.1mm to 0.5 mm segment is surging. This 0.5mm ultra-thin glass is flat. Due to its smooth surface, and is heat resistance high growth is expected. It is widely used in smartphones, tablets, and LCDs. The float manufacturing segment of the market will hold the highest shares.


 


The float process includes adding additives and colourants to increase the chemical properties of the product. Also, crucial drivers such as demand from the electronics and automotive sectors will contribute to high demand. Also, restraints can cause various challenges in the market. High-cost decline demand in some regions. However, growth opportunities sustain overall growth. 


Value chain analysis 


Asia Pacific region will dominate overall ultra-thin glass markets shares. Developing economies such as China and Japan have high demand in the region. The presence of key players is expanding demand in the consumer electronics industry.


APAC holds the highest ultra-thin glass market share. China is expected to grow at an exponential pace. In APAC, it is the largest market for float ultra-thin glass. The huge usage of ultra-thin glass is leading to economic elopements. The need for ultra-thin glass drivers is consumer electronics and other end-use sectors, which are quickly developing.


Segment overview 


Ultra-Thin Glass by Manufacturing Process



  • Fusion

  • Down-draw

  • Float


Ultra-Thin Glass by Thickness



  • 5–2.0 mm

  • 1–0.5 mm

  • 5–1.0 mm

  • 0–1.5 mm

  • < 0.1 mm


Ultra-Thin Glass by Application



  • Lightweight Assemblies

  • Solar Mirror

  • Automotive Glazing

  • Fingerprint Display

  • Medical Device

  • Touch Panel Display

  • Others

  • Semiconductors


Ultra-Thin Glass by End-use Industry



  • Renewable energy

  • Electrical & Electronics

  • Building & Construction

  • Biotechnology

  • Automotive

  • Others


Competitive landscape


The competition in the ultra-thin glass market is expected to surge in the forecast period. There are plenty of developments in the competitive landscape. Market expansions, mergers and collaborations are higher for the market. 


Regional analysis 


The ultra-thin glass market is fragmented into three major key regions. Asia Pacific, Europe and North America are key regional players. The Asia Pacific has a high demand for the market in the forecast period. Demand from the automotive sector plays a crucial role. Also, high growth opportunities are available in chain, India and Japan.


The smartwatches and appliances market will have more demand. Growing orders for various consumer products and the technological device will create growth. The popularity of the e-commerce sector has been beneficial for the ultra-thin glass market in the region. 


The key players of the ultra-thin glass market are 



  • Central Glass Co. Ltd.

  • RUNTAI INDUSTRY CO. LTD.

  • Emerge Glass

  • Corning Incorporated

  • Changzhou Almaden Co. Ltd.

  • Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd.

  • Aeon Industries Corporation Ltd.

  • Luoyang Glass Co. Ltd.

  • TAIWAN GLASS IND. CORP.

  • SCOTT AG

  • Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited

  • Novalglass

  • Nitto Boseki Co. Ltd.

  • CSG Holding Co. Ltd.

  • Asahi Glass Co. Ltd.


Recent Developments


January 2022 - The vivo S12 Pro is expected to be the first ever smartphone in the world to have the ultra-strong Schott ‘Xensation α’ cover glass. Schott’s new product for fordable smartphones is flexible, chemically strengthened and mass-produced ultra-thin glass (UTG) called ‘Xensation Flex’. This ultra-thin glass allows the premium smartphones to have flexible screens, which makes it a major developer of foldable Samsung items including the ‘Galaxy Z Flip’.

October 2021 -
Gentex Corporation is about to acquire a special laminating technology that results in lightweight, durable ultra-thin glass made for aircraft cabin partitions, wood veneer, and mirrors applications.
Gentex has been the supplier and distributor of electro-optical products for a long time, catering to sectors such as aerospace, fire protection, and automotive. In aerospace, the brand is mostly popular for supplying the aircraft developers with electronically dimmable windows, which can be darkened when required to reduce sunlight but still offering an exterior view at the same time.

August 2020
– SCHOTT has released its most ultra-thin flexible glass yet, Xensation Flex, which has a thickness lesser than a human hair and bending radius lower than 2 mm after processing. Other than flexibility, Xensation Flex also has the ability to be chemically toughened.


February 2020
– Samsung Display has become the first firms in the global industry to have commercialized ultra-thin glass, which is only 30 micrometers thick. The UTG has been developed in collaboration with Dowoo Insys and has been made using an intense process to bolster its durability and flexibility.


Report overview 



  1. Market overview highlights 

  2. Analysis based upon COVID 19

  3. Explanation upon the Market Dynamics

  4. Value chain analysis

  5. Market segmentation overview

  6. The regional analysis

  7. Competitive landscape analysis

  8. Recent Developments



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030 : Significant value
  CAGR   12.01% 2030
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2021-20030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Manufacturing Process, Thickness, Application , End-use Industry
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Emerge Glass,Central Glass Co. Ltd.,RUNTAI INDUSTRY CO. LTD.,Corning Incorporated,Aeon Industries Corporation Ltd.,TAIWAN GLASS IND. CORP.,Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd.,Luoyang Glass Co. Ltd.,SCOTT AG,Changzhou Almaden Co. Ltd.,Novalglass,Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited,Nitto Boseki Co. Ltd.,Asahi Glass Co. Ltd.,CSG Holding Co. Ltd.
  Key Market Opportunities   Advancements in the Electronics Sector to Present Opportunities
  Key Market Drivers   Rapidly Mounting Demand for UTG in Automotive to Boost Growth


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global ultra-thin glass market is projected to grow at 12.01% CAGR during the review period (2021-2030).

Electrical & Electronics and Automotive are the major end-use industries for ultra-thin glass.

Focus on increasing energy generation using renewable sources would offer multiple growth opportunities for the market.

Asia Pacific holds the largest share in the global ultra-thin glass market followed by North America and Europe, respectively.

SCOTT AG, Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd., Taiwan Glass Ind. Corp., Nitto Boseki Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Emerge Glass, Central Glass Co., Ltd., Luoyang Glass Co. Ltd., Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited, Aeon Industries Corporation Ltd., Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., Changzhou Almaden Co. Ltd., Runtai Industry Co. Ltd., CSG Holding Co. Ltd., and Novalglass, are some of the leading players in the global ultra-thin glass market.

Competitive Landscape


The major players covered in the global ultra-thin glass market report are Corning Incorporated, ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD. Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd, SCHOTT AG, CSG Holding Co., Ltd., and Central Glass Co., Ltd.


In March 2018, ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD. developed an ultra-thin flexible cover glass that is suitable for foldable devices. With this launch, the company strengthened its product portfolio for ultra-thin glass. Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells glass, electronics, chemicals, and ceramic products across the globe. The company offers tempered and laminated glass for automotive glass, substrates for thin film transistor liquid crystal displays, and OLEDs. It has a significant presence in Asia-Pacific, North America, South America, and Europe.


In January 2016, Corning Incorporated and Saint-Gobain Sekurit formed a joint venture to produce and sell lightweight automotive glazing solutions. This automotive glazing will reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency. Corning Incorporated manufactures specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials. The company operates through five business segments, namely, display technologies, optical communications, environmental technologies, specialty materials, and life science. The company has a significant presence in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific.


In October 2014, Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd., a renowned manufacturer of ultra-thin glass, developed the world’s thinnest glass plate. Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd., along with its subsidiaries, manufactures specialty glass products and glass making machinery in Japan, China, Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan. The company provides glass substrates for use in flat panel displays and solar cells as well as for chemical strengthening purposes.


In December 2015, SCHOTT AG launched ultra-thin glass for mobile devices and IOTs. SCHOTT’s D 263 T product is scratch-resistant and bendable and is widely used in smartphones and other IOT devices. SCHOTT AG, a leading company in glass manufacturing, along with its subsidiaries is involved in the development and manufacturing of specialty glasses and glass ceramic in Germany as well as internationally. The company offers optical components, thin glasses, processed glass/architecture products, ZERODUR low expansion glass ceramics, optical filters, optical materials for applications in optics, lithography, astronomy, optoelectronics, architecture, life sciences, and research.


CSG Holding Co., Ltd. is involved in the research, development, manufacturing, and sale of glass products. The company operates through the solar energy, glass, electronic glass, and display segments. The glass segment manufactures float and engineering glass products and silica for the production of float and engineering glass products. The electronic glass and display segments manufacture ultra-thin electronic glass and display, and flexible touch panel display products. The company’s products are available primarily in Europe, Asia, and North America.