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Rail Glazing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 90 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764765
The rail glazing market is expected to reach USD 2.01 billion, registering a CAGR of around 7% over the next five years.

The COVID-19 pandemic took a big toll on the railway network across the world, with several countries exposed to travel and trade restrictions. In addition, delays in railway infrastructure projects and slow progress in the maintenance of rail services due to a shortage of funds from the government have created chaos in the market studied. However, the ease of restrictions and the government's focus on minimizing supply chain complexities by adopting a modern rail fleet has contributed to the growth of the rail glazing market.

Increasing demand for comfort features in vehicles and growing consumer preference toward luxury trains for long-distance travel over conventional transportation owing to the notable influx of tourists is expected to drive demand in the market. For instance, Americans, Britons, and Europeans are key drivers representing the largest tourism source markets. There are also new emerging markets across Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. These destinations now provide some of the most iconic deluxe train journeys.

Further, some government agencies, companies, and third-party administrators are attempting to channel the rail infrastructure by upgrading the rail fleet, refurbishing old rolling stock, and encouraging rail commuters to commute by rail instead of driving. The market is expected to grow based on these factors during the forecast period. For instance, the Swiss government will extend its subsidizing scheme for rail freight operations until 2026. Previously, these subsidies were to be abolished in 2023. This is to support the shift from road to rail for transalpine traffic, an ambition that has been an integral part of national policy since 2000.

The Asia-Pacific region, followed by Europe and North America, is expected to hold significant shares of the market over the next five years. Growth in these regions is driven by rising production activities in rail glazing, supported by the governments of many major countries in these regions. In addition, strategic partnerships with rail operators and technological innovations in railway transportation are expected to present new opportunities in the coming years.

Rail Glazing Market Trends

Rising Penetration of Glazing Systems in Trains to Drive Demand in the Market

In general, glazing systems for passenger railcars have to meet functional requirements such as transparency, optical quality, and maintainability. In addition, they have to meet safety requirements such as emergency egress, rescue access, fire tolerance, and occupant containment. Government agencies, train operators, etc., all intend to improve their railway systems and provide more luxurious and comfortable travel experiences. Such trends encourage players to use glazed components in the coaches of trains. For instance, in October 2021, the Indian railway introduced Vistadome coaches to give its passengers a new and unique way to travel for a lifetime experience. These coaches offer passengers a panoramic view of pristine nature, giving them an immersive travel experience. The glass windows and rooftops of Vistadome coaches are manufactured with laminated glass.

Further, technological advancements for high-speed rails require highly efficient rail glazing products to offer enhanced performance and durability. For instance, the side window glass used by the Chinese high-speed rail system has minimized the permissible error in terms of thickness and flatness of the glass by homogenizing glass materials. In March 2022, the new ICE 3neo (Velaro MS) high-speed train, based on the proven ICE 3 platform, was unveiled by Siemens at its ICE plant in Berlin-Rummelsburg. The new ICE 3neo trains are fitted with frequency-permeable glass window panes featuring a fine grid laser-lasered into the metal layer on the glass, allowing mobile phone signals to enter the train more easily.

In November 2021, Alstom's TGV-M, the fifth generation of high-speed trains, requested the assistance of Eurailtest and its partner, the AEF, to measure the resistance of the TGV-M's windows to aerodynamic forces and pinpoint cracked glass and sealing defects potentially disrupting train operations.

Thus, the aforementioned trends indicate that the rail glazing market across major countries is anticipated to have optimistic growth during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region Likely to Play Key role in the Market

Over the recent years, the demand for improving passenger capacity, issues related to green, safe, and economical public transportation, and replenishment of current rolling stock acts as primary driving factors for the growth of the rail glazing market across major countries in the world.

For instance, in March 2022, the Indian railways announced a National Rail Plan (NRP) for India - 2030. The plan is to create a ‘future-ready’ railway system by 2030. The NRP is aimed at formulating strategies based on operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase the modal share of railways in freight to 45%. As part of this initiative, the government is said to assess rolling stock requirements for passenger traffic and wagon requirements for freight.

In March 2022, Egypt and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of rail transport. This collaboration with the South Koreans is marked by numerous contracts signed with the multinational Hyundai Rotem, for the design of several hundred metro cars for Cairo Metro Line 2 and 3, the local construction of locomotives and electric trains, as well as the modernization of signage.

With the growing focus of governments on overhauling and modernizing railway systems, players operating in the rail glazing market are expected to find numerous opportunities. For instance, in January 2021, Indian railways introduced a smart window feature. The railways have installed this smart window in the New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani train. This feature enables glass windows to turn glass from a transparent to an opaque state with the click of a switch. It also cuts UV radiation and acts as privacy glass.

In July 2021, China debuted its first-ever glass-bottomed sky train, which would enable commuters to take a 270-degree view of the picturesque landscape of the country. It currently runs 11.5 kilometers and features four stations that connect important tourist points in the city. The train weighs about 2.5 tons, which is 0.5 tons less than traditional trains.

The latest orders for accommodating trains by key Asia-Pacific countries encourage players to design active strategies to make their mark on the market. Based on the aforementioned developments, it is expected that the Asia-Pacific region will have notable growth and opportunities in the future.

Rail Glazing Market Competitor Analysis

The rail glazing market is consolidated owing to the active engagement of global and domestic players across all major regions, i.e., though many key companies are operating in this industry, none of them have enough market share to influence prices, production, investment, and their competition. Owing to this, prominent players continuously focus on designing growth strategies to gain a competitive edge over other players in the market.

For instance, in April 2021, Tekniker technology center and the glass manufacturer Ariño Duglass participated in the VITECA project to develop innovative coating techniques for windscreens and windows for the railway industry. This initiative aims to create two types of smart glass that can be used in the railway industry for deicing and de-misting purposes, including heatable glass applied with voltage for de-icing and de-misting, and electrochromic glass, which changes its optical transmission properties when a certain amount of voltage is applied. In August 2020, Sweden’s Dellner Bubenzer Group continued its rapid expansion with the creation of a new UK company, Dellner Romag Ltd. This company will focus on the manufacture and supply of specialist glass and glazing products for the global rail, transport, security, and architectural markets.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Restraints
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value USD billion)
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Wind screens
5.1.2 Side windows
5.1.3 Others
5.2 By Sales channel
5.2.1 OEM
5.2.2 Aftermarket
5.3 By Coating Type
5.3.1 Coated
5.3.2 Non-Coated
5.3.3 Low emissivity
5.4 By Geography
5.4.1 North America United states Canada Rest of North America
5.4.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain Rest of Europe
5.4.3 Asia-Pacific India China Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.4 Rest of the world South America Middle East and Africa
6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 AGC Inc. (Asahi Glass Co. Ltd)
6.2.2 Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd
6.2.3 Fuyao Glass Industry Group
6.2.4 Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A.
6.2.5 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
6.2.6 Tyneside Safety Glass
6.2.7 CGS Holdings LLC
6.2.8 Dellner Romag Ltd
6.2.9 GL Spezialverglasung GmbH
6.2.10 Independent Glass Co. Ltd
6.2.11 Russian Glass Company (RGC)
6.2.12 Lippert Components Inc.

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • AGC Inc. (Asahi Glass Co. Ltd)
  • Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd
  • Fuyao Glass Industry Group
  • Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
  • Tyneside Safety Glass
  • CGS Holdings LLC
  • Dellner Romag Ltd
  • GL Spezialverglasung GmbH
  • Independent Glass Co. Ltd
  • Russian Glass Company (RGC)
  • Lippert Components Inc.