"The global fiberglass market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2017 to 2022."
The fiberglass market was estimated at USD 13.95 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 18.75 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.1% between 2017 and 2022. The growth of the construction and infrastructure sectors in China and India, as well as the increasing use of green construction materials such as glass wool, are the key factors driving the growth of the fiberglass market. Growth in wind energy turbine installations is expected to be an opportunity for the fiberglass market in the composites application in future. Difficulty in recycling glass wool is a restraint in the fiberglass market.
Glass wool is the largest type segment in the global fiberglass market
Glass wool is a material made from fiberglass arranged using a binder. It is used for insulation, as the air trapped between the glass wool provides high thermal insulation properties to the material. The material may be in the form of rolls or slabs and has thermal and acoustic insulation properties. It is lightweight, has high tensile strength, and exceptional resilience.
Composites is the largest application segment in the global fiberglass market
Fiberglass composites are versatile, lightweight, and cost effective. Among all fibers, glass fibers are used in the composites industry as these are the oldest and, by far, the most common reinforcement materials in a majority of the applications. The major subapplications of composites are construction & infrastructure and automotive.
The most common type of glass fibers are E-Glass, S-Glass, and ER-Glass fibers. For example, electrical and electronics applications generally use E-Glass fiber reinforcement due to their electrical insulation properties. Applications that require higher tensile modulus use S-Glass fibers.
Asia Pacific fiberglass market is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period
The Asia Pacific was the largest market for fiberglass in 2016, and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Several companies have established their manufacturing units in the Asia Pacific region, owing to the availability of cheap labor, quality infrastructure, and growing business environment. In addition, easy availability of raw materials and high investments in applications such as construction & infrastructure, automotive, and wind energy, among others, are expected to drive the growth of the market in the region.
Profile break-up of primary participants for the report:
- By Company Type: Tier 1 - 46 %, Tier 2 - 36%, Tier 3 - 18%
- By Designation: C level - 55%, Director level - 27%, Others - 18%
- By Region: North America- 42%, Europe - 25%, Asia Pacific - 17%, Middle East & Africa - 8%, Latin America - 8%
Furthermore, as part of qualitative analysis, the report provides a comprehensive review of the major market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges. It also discusses competitive strategies adopted by various market players, such as China Jushi Co. Ltd (China), Owens Corning (US), PPG Industries, Inc. (US), Taishan Fiberglass Inc. (China), Chongqing Polycomp International Corp. (China), Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan), Binani 3B-The Fibreglass Company (India), and Johns Manville Corp. (US), among others.