Global automotive polycarbonate glazing market is expected to grow with the CAGR of over 17% during the forecast period 2017-2024. The use of polycarbonate in the automotive glazing results in significant reduction in weight which is directly related to the fuel efficiency, further greater designed flexibility offered by the polycarbonates have leveraged its wide adoption in the automotive sector.

Escalating demand for lightweight glazing materials, rise in automotive sales, growing demand for sunroofs in cars, advancement in automotive designs are the other major factors driving the global automotive polycarbonate glazing market. However high cost of polycarbonate glazing, strict government regulations on the use of polycarbonate in the windshields are the factors that restrict the growth of the automotive polycarbonate glazing market.



The automotive glass market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.80% from an estimated USD 16.21 billion in 2017 to reach a market size of USD 23.59 billion by 2025. The market is driven by advanced technologies such as smart glass, increasing glass applications & area per vehicle, and the increasing demand for laminated side glazing. High initial capital cost required to setup a new automotive glass plant and use of polycarbonate glazing as an alternative to glass in vehicles are the restraining factors for this market.

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San Sebastián recibe a un centenar de expertos mundiales

El congreso ‘Automotive Glazing Europe’ celebra en Donostia su primera cita fuera de Alemania o Estados Unidos, su territorio ‘natural’

Ambiente internacional en el auditorio del parque empresarial de Miramón, silencio sepulcral en la sala, apenas roto por algunos ordenadores portátiles abiertos y tecleando a gran velocidad, mientras los mayores expertos del planeta en el ámbito de la tecnología integrada en la cristalería de los coches (ligada por completo a los vehículos del futuro y, por supuesto, a los eléctricos) ofrecían sus respectivas ponencias. Entre ellos, dos representantes de los centros tecnológicos locales Ceit y Vicomtech.

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Gipuzkoa se abre hueco en el desarrollo del coche autónomo

Los centros tecnológicos Ceit y Vicomtech muestran sus desarrollos a los grandes del mercado | La Diputación saca pecho y recuerda que la apuesta del territorio por la movilidad eléctrica y el almacenamiento de energía es muy decidida

«Gipuzkoa, sus centros tecnológicos y varias de sus empresas son, sin ninguna duda, actores de reconocido prestigio en el ámbito de algunas de las tecnologías más punteras relacionadas con el coche del futuro y la conducción autónoma; con el peso que podamos tener en un puzzle mundial de miles de piezas, cierto, pero con presencia y siendo referencia internacional».

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Call for Papers

Do you want to be a part of this expert meeting?

We are looking for your experience and expertise in automotive glazing for USA 2018. We are asking for you to share your time and talent to give a presentation at this international conference in regards to state-of-the-art and innovative technology and concepts.

Send us your topic proposals latest until 3 January, 2018. Click here to get the interactive PDF file or send me an E-Mail: Leonie Harmal

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    Discussing the future of Automotive Glazing

    Roundtable Sessions at the 10th CTI Conference!

    At the 10th International CTI-Conference “Automotive Glazing Europe” the participants at various roundtables discussed the current trends, opportunities and challenges in the field of automotive glazing. The discussion on latest developments gave insight into the topics that drive the industry and how it can fulfill the current and future requirements. Of course, here as well, e-mobility and its impact on the glazing industry was one of the dominating topics as it is the case in most car related fields nowadays:

    Table 1: Roof systems of the future

    The first round table, chaired by Hagen Rakus, reflected on the ongoing discussions about safety, styling/design, solar energy, individualization and technical functionalities in regard of future roof systems. Participants agreed on the fact that roof systems will be multi-optional and will include lots of functions in the future, such as

    • Lighting/ ambient light
    • personal differentiation and safety
    • switchable light transmission increasing the thermal comfort of passengers
    • increasing anti – noise comfort
      solar functions
    • lightweight design
    • sun/infra red light protection to reduce the TTS

    Additionally they will:

    • be easy to open
    • be of larger surface wider and longer
    • not shatter under all circumstances

    To achieve the latter, the glass lids are expected to be laminated, probably with Gorilla glass and coated and will use modern coating and film/foil technology. Even plastics like PC or PMMA might be used. Furthermore, new combinations and material mixes are possible. But above all things, technical legislation and homologation need a renewal.

    Table 2: eHorizon, what do we expect from the future?

    Continental had recently implemented their dynamic electronic horizon (eHorizon) in a series of demo vehicles. Using this system the data is sent from sensors to the backend and then back to the vehicle in order to obtain high-precision mapping and road information. The system improves the energy use for hybrid and electric vehicles, adaptive cruise control and augmented reality functions. Of course the safety issue is also dominant as events after a turn or hill can be highlighted this way. Referring to this technology, the second table which was chaired by Wolfgang Erner, echnology Manager Europe, NSG Pilkington Automotive, was dedicated to e-mobility and its importance for the glazing industry. It has been controversially discussed and the topic has been quickly split into the positions “it will be useful” (and therefore also wanted) and “nice to have” (but is not attractive enough to actually generate paying customers). Clearly the Continental thinking for warning the passengers about i. e. accidents behind a barrier (turn, hill, etc.) was seen really as safety enrichment such as the speed fuel control can also participate. The idea that technology development in the area of autonomous driving would try to link the car with other things of the environment at all costs and that thereby a too great distraction would arise, was rather doubted. There was some doubt that the windshield would be used in the future to entertain or inform the passenger as headrest monitors already do, today. Where and how this will take place depends, of course, on how fast and how far autonomous driving will be accepted. Even the entire use of all glass surfaces in the vehicle appeared realistic to the table, but only when fully automatic driving became a reality. The participants in this discussion could also imagine, that all glass surfaces in the car will be used, when full car automation is achieved.

    Table 3: Car, bus, truck – differentiation or common direction in ADAS?

    Will car, bus, and truck glazing development head to different directions in regard of ADAS or will they benefit from the same developments? This question was discussed by the third table in the round table session which was chaired by Gerald Alexander Beese, Head of Strategic Project Management bei der KTI GmbH & Co. KG.
    For both segments, cars and commercial vehicles, an increase of ADAS systems had already been noticed and is expected to rise in the future. According to the discussants, this is due to both, legal and consumer protection regulations (e.g. Global New Car Assessment Programs (Global NCAPs) which have been established for the promotion of public safety and for the protection and preservation of human life. The opportunity to avoid accidents and to reduce the severity of injuries, which will arise from this technology, was seen as a great advantage by the group.
    The shares of ADAS system in the replacement market are today at approx.. 10% at cars and 3% at commercial vehicles, (remark: tendency strongly growing. Furthermore the group agreed on, that “tolerances” are the key issue with regard to future development and the question, which tolerances will be required and possible  for 1) OEMs, 2) ADAS hardware suppliers (such as Bosch, Conti, Denso, Valeo …) and for 3) glass manufacturers. To realize asuccessful tolerance study, the group agreed on the necessity to bring the mentioned parties together at one table to jointly discuss the future requirements and the further steps that have to be taken.