Electrochromic glass is a technology that allows glass to change its light transmission properties when an electric field is applied. It can modulate the amount of light and heat passing through an object non-mechanically and reversibly. Some common applications of electrochromic glass include architectural and automotive glass, aviation windows, bus/train windows, and smart windows in homes and offices. Architects are increasingly using electrochromic glass in large commercial office buildings, hotels, museums, and hospitals due to its ability to control solar heat and glare. For instance, the new Willis Tower in Chicago features electrochromic windows that can change from clear to dark in just a few minutes to help regulate interior temperatures.
The global electrochromic glass market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2650.39 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period from 2024 to 2031, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Increasing demand from construction industry is expected to drive the electrochromic glass market. With rising environmental consciousness, construction of green buildings fitted with smart glasses is gaining popularity. Electrochromic glass helps reduce energy costs in buildings by controlling heat and light transmission. Additionally, the growing need to upgrade existing infrastructure with intelligent windows is also boosting adoption of electrochromic technology across both residential and commercial sectors.
Another key factor propelling the market growth is rapid urbanization leading to new residential and commercial construction activities globally. Electrochromic glass finds widespread application in modern architecture due to attributes like automated tinting and pleochroism. Countries like China, India, Mexico, Indonesia, etc. are urbanizing at an exponential rate which in turn is generating high demand for advanced glass solutions.
Electrochromic glass market can be segmented into automotive, architecture and aircraft. The automotive segment currently dominates the market and accounts for over 60% of the total share owing to the increasing demand of smart windows in passenger vehicles. Modern vehicles are incorporating electrochromic glass solution for sunroofs, backlights and windows to reduce glare and provide better visibility to drivers.
Political: Regulations around vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency are pushing automakers to adopt lightweight materials like electrochromic glass to reduce vehicle weight. Governments are also offering subsidies for green construction projects using energy efficient glass solutions.
Economic: Rising disposable incomes across major economies are driving sales of luxury vehicles with advanced features. Growth in real estate and construction industries is also fueling demand for electrochromic windows to control indoor climate and lower energy costs.
Social: Increasing concerns about energy conservation and reducing carbon footprint are encouraging adoption of smart windows in both automotive and architectural applications. Consumers are willing to pay more for innovative technologies enhancing safety, comfort and sustainability.
Technological: Advancements in thin-film coating technologies are making electrochromic glass more efficient, durable and affordable. Integration of IoT and AI is enabling remote operation and automation of tinting/transparency levels based on ambient conditions.
The Global Electrochromic Glass Market Demand is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period. The global electrochromic glass market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2650.39 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period from 2024 to 2031.
The Asia Pacific accounts for over 40% of the global market led by countries like China, India and Japan. China being the world’s largest automotive producer is a major consumer of electrochromic glass for passenger vehicles. Rapid urbanization and infrastructure growth are propelling demand for smarter architectural glass solutions as well.
Key players operating in the electrochromic glass market are Sandvik Coromant, Kennametal Inc., Iscar Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Seco Tools, Walter AG, Kyocera Corporation, Tungaloy Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Ceratizit Group, Ingersoll Cutting Tool Company, TaeguTec Ltd., Valenite LLC (Kennametal). Key players like Saint Gobain, View Inc, AGC, Gentex Corporation are investing in expanding capacities and new technologies to strengthen their market position.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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